What is a cookie?
A cookie it's a text file harmless It 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 return to browse that page. Although many people do not know the cookies they have been used for 20 years, when 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 stores a cookie?
The cookies They 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 save is of a technical nature, personal preferences, personalization of contents, etc.
The web server does not associate you as a person but your web browser. In fact, if you regularly browse Internet Explorer and try to navigate the same website with Firefox or Chrome, you will see that the website does not realize that you are the same person because you are actually associating the browser, not the person.
What kind of cookies exist?
- Cookies techniques: They are the most elementary and allow, among other things, to know when a human or an automated application is browsing, when an anonymous and registered user navigates, basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic website.
- Cookies Analysis: They collect information about the type of navigation you are doing, the sections you use most, products consulted, time zone of use, language, etc.
- Cookies Advertising: Show advertising based on your navigation, your country of origin, language, etc.
What are the cookies own and those of third parties?
The own cookies are those generated by the page you are visiting and the from third parties are those generated by external services or providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
What happens if I deactivate the cookies?
To understand the scope you can have to disable the cookies We show you some examples:
- You may not 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 usually 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 online purchases, they will have to be telephone or visiting 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 web traffic, which will make it difficult for the website to be competitive.
- You can not write on the blog, you can not upload photos, post comments, rate or rate content. The web will not be able to know if you are a human or an automated application that publishes spam.
- It will not be possible to display sectorized advertising, which will reduce the advertising revenue of the web.
Can you remove the cookies?
Yes. Not only delete, but also block, in a general or particular way for a specific domain.
To remove the cookies of a website you must go to the configuration of your browser and there you can search for those associated to the domain in question and proceed to its removal.
Settings cookies for the most popular browsers
Here’s how to access a cookie determined browser Chrome. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser version:
- Go to Settings or Preferences through the File menu or by clicking the customization icon that appears at the top right.
- You will see different sections, click on the option Show advanced options.
- Go to Privacy, Content Settings.
- Select All cookies and site data.
- 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 the field partially or totally Search cookies.
- 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 elimination.
To access the configuration of cookies of the browser Internet Explorer Follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to Tools, Internet Options
- Click on Privacy.
- Move the slider to adjust the level of privacy you want.
To access the configuration of cookies of the browser Firefox Follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to Options or preferences according to your operating system.
- Click on Privacy.
- In historical select Use custom settings for history.
- Now you will see the option Accept cookies, you can enable or disable it according to your preferences.
To access the configuration of cookies of the browser Safari for OSX Follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to preferences, then Privacy.
- In this place you will see the option Block cookies to set the type of lock you want to perform.
To access the configuration of cookies of the browser Safari for iOS Follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to Settings, then Safari.
- Go to Privacy & Security, you will see the option Block cookies to set the type of lock you want to perform.
To access the configuration of cookies browser for devices Android Follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
- Run the browser and press the key Menu, then Settings.
- Go to Security and Privacy, you will see the option Accept cookies to enable or disable the box.
To access the configuration of cookies browser for devices Windows Phone Follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
- Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Configuration
- You can now enable or disable the box Allow cookies.