More information about cookies
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 cookie utility is for the web to be able to remember your visit when you navigate through that page again. 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, and so on. 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 exist?
- Technical cookies: are the most basic and allow, among other things, knowing 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 the most, the products consulted, the time zone of use, language, etc.
- Advertising cookies: show advertising according to their navigation, their country of origin, language, etc.
What are own and third-party cookies?
Own cookies are those generated by the site you are visiting and those of third 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 here are 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, or My profile or My orders.
- Online stores: You will not be able to make purchases online, they will have to be by 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 will also 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.
Can cookies be removed?
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.
Configuring cookies for the most popular browsers
Here's how to access a particular Chrome browser cookie (Note: These steps may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to Configurations or Preferences Using the File menu or by clicking the personalization icon that appears at the top right.
- You will see different sections, click on Show advanced options.
- Go to Privacy, Content settings.
- Select All cookies and site data.
- A list with all cookies sorted by domain will appear. To make it easier for you to find the cookies for a particular domain, enter the address in the Search field.
- After this filter will appear on the screen one or more lines with the cookies of the requested web. Now you just have to select it and press X to proceed to its elimination.
To access Internet Explorer browser's cookies settings, follow these steps (May vary depending on browser version):
- Go to Tools, Internet options.
- Click on Privacy.
- Move the slider until you adjust the level of privacy you want.
To access Firefox browser's cookies settings, follow these steps (May vary depending on browser version):
- Go to Options or Preferences depending on your operating system.
- Click on Privacy.
- On History choose Use custom settings for history.
- Now you will see the option Accept cookies, you can turn it on or off according to your preferences.
To access Safari for OSX browser's cookies settings, follow these steps (May vary depending on browser version):
- Go to Preferences, then to Privacy.
- Here you'll see the option Block cookies to set the type of lock you want to perform.
To access Safari for iOS browser's cookies settings, follow these steps (May vary depending on browser version):
- Go to Preferences, then to Safari.
- Go to Privacy and Security, you will see the option Block cookies to set the type of lock you want to perform.
To access Android browser's cookies settings, follow these steps (May vary depending on browser version):
- Run the browser and press the Menu key, then to Preferences.
- Go to Security and Privacy, you will see the option Accept cookies to enable or disable the check box.
To access Windows Phone browser's cookies settings, follow these steps (May vary depending on browser version):
- Open Internet Explorer, then More, and then Configuration.
- You can now enable or disable the Allow cookies check box.