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 usefulness of the cookie is that the web is able to remember your visit when you navigate through that page. Although many people do not know the cookies have been used for 20 years, when the first browsers appeared for the World Wide Web.

 

What is NOT a cookie?

It is not a virus, nor a Trojan, nor a worm, nor spam, nor spyware, nor opens pop-up windows.

 

What information does a cookie store?

Cookies do not usually store sensitive information about you, such as credit cards or bank details, photographs, your ID or personal information, etc. The data they keep are of a technical nature, personal preferences, personalization of contents, etc.
The web server does not associate you as a person if not to your web browser. In fact, if you regularly surf with Internet Explorer and try browsing the same web with Firefox or Chrome you will see that the web does not realize that you are the same person because you are actually associating the browser, not the person.

 

What kind of cookies are there?

  • Technical Cookies: These are the most basic and allow, among other things, to know when a human or an automated application is navigating, when an anonymous user and a registered user navigate, basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic web.
  • Analysis Cookies: Collect information about the type of navigation you are making, the sections you use most, products consulted, time zone of use, language, etc.
  • Advertising Cookies: Show advertising based on your navigation, your country of origin, language, etc.

What are your own and third-party cookies?

Your own cookies are those generated by the page you are visiting and those of third parties are those generated by external services or providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.

 

What happens if I turn off cookies?

To understand the scope that can have cookies off we show some examples:

  • You will not be able to share content from that website on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
  • The website will not be able to adapt the contents to your personal preferences, as is often the case in online stores.
  • You will not be able to access the personal area of ​​that website, such as My account, My profile or My orders.
  • Online stores: You will not be able to make purchases online, they will have to be telephone or visit the physical store if you have it.
  • It will not be possible to customize your geographical preferences such as time zone, currency or language.
  • The website will not be able to perform web analytics on visitors and traffic on the web, which will make it difficult for the web 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 also will not know if you are a human or an automated application that publishes spam.
  • You will not be able to show sectorized advertising, which will reduce the advertising revenues 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. Do not just delete, also block, in a general or particular way for a specific domain.
To remove cookies from a website you must go to the configuration of your browser and there you can search for those associated with the domain in question and proceed to its removal.

 

How to change the cookie settings will vary depending on the Web browser being used by the user. For information about cookies can be found in the “Help” in any web browser.

Cookies in Internet browsers in the browser options, select Privacy Settings in charge:

Google Chrome default settings for Google Chrome allow you to store cookies. To change the settings as follows:

  1. Click the “Settings Google Chrome” and choose “Settings”;
  2. click on the “Show advanced settings” at the bottom;
  3. Select “Content Settings” tab “Privacy”;
  4. select the desired settings;
  5. to enter specific settings for your site, click on “Manage Exceptions” and choose your own settings for the site;
  6. to confirm the changes, click the “Done” button.

Microsoft Internet Explorer default settings in Microsoft Internet Explorer allow you to store cookies, but block files that may come from sites which do not use privacy policy. To change the settings as follows:

  1. click on the “Tools” menu and select “Internet Options”;
  2. Select the “Privacy”;
  3. use the slider to set the desired level settings (the highest block cookies altogether, the lowest allows you to store all cookies);

OR:

  1. Click “Advanced” and select the desired settings alone;
  2. to enter specific settings for your site, click on “Sites” and choose your own settings for the site;
  3. confirm the changes by clicking “OK”.

Mozilla Firefox Default Mozilla Firefox allow the storage of cookies. To change the settings as follows:

  1. click on the “Tools” menu (in other versions, click the “Firefox”) and select “Options”;
  2. then select the “Privacy” tab and select the desired settings;
  3. to enter specific settings for a particular service, please click on the “Exceptions” and choose your own settings for the site;
  4. confirm the changes by clicking “OK”.

Opera Opera browser default settings allow the storage of cookies. To change the settings as follows:

  1. click on “Preferences”, select “Advanced” and then “Cookies”;
  2. select the desired setting;
  3. to enter specific settings for your site, go to the selected web page, click the right mouse button, choose “Preferences for sites” and navigate to the “Cookies” and then enter the desired settings;
  4. confirm the changes by clicking “OK”.

Safari Safari’s default settings allow the storage of cookies. To change the settings as follows:

  1. in the “Safari” menu, select “Preferences”;
  2. Click the “Privacy”;
  3. select the desired setting;
  4. to enter specific settings for your site, click on “Details” and choose your own settings for the site.