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Cookies information

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 a cookie is that the web is able to remember your visit when you navigate through that page.  Many do not know 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 card or bank details, photographs, your ID or personal information, etc. Data stored is of a technical nature, personal preferences, personalization of contents, etc.

The web server does not associate you as a person but as your web browser. In fact, if you regularly surf 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 associated to the browser, not to the person.

What kind of cookies are there?

  • Technical Cookies: They are the most basic ones and allow, among other things, to know when a human or an automated application is navigating, when an anonymous user and a registered user navigates, and basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic web.

  • Analysis Cookies: They collect information about the type of navigation you are carrying out, the sections you use most, products searched, time zone of use, language, etc.

  • Advertising Cookies: They show advertising according to navigation, 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 disable cookies? 

To understand the scope involved in the event of disabling cookies, we include some examples below:

  • You will not be able to share content from that site on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.

  • The website will not be able to adapt the contents to your personal preferences, as it’s often the case in on-line shops.

  • You will not be able to access the personal area of that website, such as My account, or My profile or My orders.

  • Online shops: You will not be able to make purchases online, but will have to do s by phone call or visiting the physical shop 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 about visitors and traffic on the web, which will make it difficult for the web to be competitive.

  • You will not be able to write in the blog, nor to upload photos, publish comments, assess or rate the 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 sectorised 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. They can be eliminated, but also blocked, in general or in a particular way for a specific domain.

To remove cookies from a website go to the configuration of your browser and search for those associated with the domain in question and proceed to the removal.

Cookies settings for more popular browsers

Here’s how to access a specific cookie of a Chrome browser.

Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser version.

  1. Go to Settings or Preferences using the File menu or by clicking the customization icon on the top right.

  2. You will see different sections, click on Show advanced options..

  3. Go to PrivacyContent Settings.

  4. Select All cookies and site details.

  5. A list with all cookies will appear, sorted by domain. To make it easier for you to find cookies for a particular domain, enter the address in the Search for cookies field, in whole or in part. .

  6. Following this filter, one or more lines will appear on the screen with the cookies of the requested web. Now just select it and press X to delete them.

To access the cookies settings in the Internet Explorer browser, follow these steps (which may vary depending on the browser version):

  1. Go to ToolsInternet Options

  2. Click on Privacy.

  3. Move the slider to adjust it to the level of privacy required.

   To access the cookies settings of the Firefox browser follow these steps (which may change depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Go to Options or Preferences depending on your operating system..

  2. Click on Privacy.

  3. In History select Use custom settings for history.

  4. You will now see the option Accept cookies, you can activate or deactivate it according to your preferences.

To access the cookiessettings of the Safari browser for OSX follow these steps (which may change depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Go to Preferences, then Privacy.

  2. There you will see the option Block cookies to adjust the type of blocking you wish to perform.

To access the Safari browser settings for iOS, follow these steps (which may change depending on your browser version):   

  1. Go Settings, then Safari.

  2. Go to Privacy and Security, where you will find the Block cookies option to adjust the desired type of block.

To access cookies browser settings for Android devices follow these steps (wich may change depending on the browser version):

  1. Run the browser and press the Menú key, and then Settings.

  2. Go to Privacy and Security, you will see the Accept cookies option to enable or disable the check box.

To access the cookies settings for Windows Phones devices follow these steps (which may change depending on your browser version):

  1. Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Settings.

  2. You can now enable or disable the Allow cookies box.