What is a cookie?

A cookie is a harmless text file that is stored in your browser when you visit almost any web page. The utility of the cookie is that the website is able to remember your visit when you return to browse this page. Although many people do not know it, cookies have been used for 20 years, since the first browsers for the World Wide Web appeared.

What is not a cookie?

It is not a virus, nor a trojan, nor a worm, nor spam, nor spyware, nor does it open pop-up windows.

What information does a cookie store?

Cookies do not usually store any sensitive information about you, such as credit card or bank details, photographs, your ID or personal information, etc. The data they save is of a technical nature, personal preferences, personalization of content, etc.

The web server does not associate you as a person, but with your web browser. In fact, if you usually browse with Internet Explorer and try to browse the same website with Firefox or Chrome, you will see that the website does not realize that you are the same person because it is actually associating with the browser, not with the person.

What type of cookies are there?

  • Technical cookies: They are the most elementary and allow, among other things, to know when a human or an automated application is browsing, when an anonymous user and a registered user are browsing, and basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic website.
  • Analysis cookies: They collect information about the type of browser you are doing, the sections you use the most, products consulted, time slot of use, language, and so on.
  • Advertising cookies: They show advertising depending on your navigation, country of origin, language, and so on.

What are our own cookies and third-party cookies?

Own cookies are those generated by the page you are visiting, and third-party cookies are those generated by external services or providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.

What happens if I disable cookies?

So that you understand the scope that deactivating cookies can have, we show you some examples:

  • You will not be able to share content from this website on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social network.
  • The website will not be able to adapt the contents to your personal preferences, as usually happens in online stores.
  • You will not be able to access the personal area of this website, such as My Account, My Profile, or My Orders.
  • Online stores: It will be impossible for you to make purchases online, they will have to be by phone or by visiting the physical store if it has one.
  • It will not be possible to customize your geographic preferences such as time zone, currency, or language.
  • The website will not be able to perform web analytics on visitors and web traffic, which will make it difficult for the website to be competitive.
  • You will not be able to write on the blog, you will not be able to upload photos, post comments, rate, or rate content. The web will also not be able to tell if you are a human or an automated application that publishes spam.
  • It will not be possible to show segmented advertising, which will reduce the advertising revenue of the web.
  • All social networks use cookies, if you disable them you will not be able to use any social network.

Can cookies be deleted?

Yes. Not only remove, but also block, generally or specifically for a specific domain.

To delete cookies from a website you must go to your browser settings and there you can search for those associated with the domain in question and proceed with their deletion.

Configuration of cookies for the most popular browser

Here’s how to access a particular cookie from the Chrome browser. Note: These steps may vary depending on your browser version:

  1. Go to Settings or Preferences via the File menu or by clicking the customization icon that appears in the upper right.
  2. You will see different sections, tap the Show advanced options option.
  3. Go to Privacy, Content Settings.
  4. Select All cookies and site data.
  5. A list will appear with all the cookies sorted by domain. To make it easier for you to find the cookies of a certain domain, enter the address in part or in full in the Search cookies field.
  6. After performing this filter, one or more lines will appear on the screen with the cookies of the requested website. Now you just have to select it and press the X to proceed with its removal.

To access the cookie settings of the Internet Explorer browser, do the following (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Go to Tools, Internet Options.
  2. Click Privacy.
  3. Move the slider to adjust the level of privacy you want.

To access the cookie settings of the Firefox browser, do the following (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Go to Options or Preferences depending on your operating system.
  2. Click Privacy.
  3. Under History, choose Use custom settings for history.
  4. You will now see the Accept cookies option, you can enable or disable it according to your preferences.

To access the cookie settings of the Safari browser for OSX, do the following (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Go to Preferences, then Privacy.
  2. On this site, you will see the option Block cookies so that you can adjust the type of blocking you want to perform.

To access the cookie settings of the Safari browser for iOS, do the following (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Go to Settings, then Safari.
  2. Go to Privacy and Security, you will see the option Block cookies to adjust the type of blocking you want to perform.

To access the cookie settings of the browser for Android devices, do the following (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Run your browser and press the Menu key, then Settings.
  2. Go to Security and Privacy, you will see the Accept Cookies option to enable or disable the box.

To access the cookie settings of the browser for Windows Phone devices, do the following (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Settings.
  2. You can now enable or disable the Allow cookies box.

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