What is a cookie?

A cookie is a harmless text file that is stored in your browser when you visit almost any website. The usefulness of cookie is that the web is able to remember your visit when you return to surf this page. Although many people don’t know the cookies have been in use for 20 years, when the first browsers for the World Wide Web appeared.

What is NOT a cookie?

It is not a virus or a Trojan, not a worm, or spam or spyware, or open pop-up windows.

What information stores a cookie?

Cookies don’t usually store sensitive information about you such as credit card or bank account information, photographs, your ID or personal information, etc. The data stored are technical, personal preferences, content personalization, etc. The web server doesn’t associate you as a person if not as a web browser.

In fact, if you regularly browse with Internet Explorer and try to browse the same web with Firefox or Chrome, you will see that the web doesn’t recognise that you are the same person because you are actually associating the browser, not the person.

What kind of cookies are there?

  • Cookies techniques: It are the most basic and allow to know when who are browsing is a human or an automated application, when an anonymous user navigates and one registered, basic tasks for running any dynamic web.
  • Cookies analysis: Collect information on the type of navigation being done, the sections most used, consulted products, time period of use, language, etc.
  • Cookies advertising: display advertising based on their navigation, their country of origin, language, etc.

What are cookies own and part-cookies?

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

What happens if I disable cookies?

To understand the scope may have to disable cookies shows some examples:

  • You can’t share content of this site in Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
  • The web site will not adapt content to your personal preferences, as often happens in online stores.
  • You can’t access the personal area of ​​the web, such as my own, or my profile or orders.
  • Online Stores: It will be impossible to make purchases online, they will have to be telephone or by visiting the physical store if you have one.
  • It will not be possible to customize your geographic preferences as time zone, currency or language.
  • The web site will not perform web analytics about visitors and web traffic, making it difficult to be competitive anywhere.
  • You can’t write on the blog, you can’t upload photos, post comments, evaluate or rate content. The web may not know whether you are a human or an automated application that publishes spam.
  • No advertising may show sectioned, reducing advertising revenues anywhere.
  • All social networks use cookies, if disabled you can not use any social network.

 Can I delete cookies?

Yes. Not only delete , also block, general or particular to a specific domain. To remove cookies from a website should go to your browser settings and there you can find the associated domain in question and proceed to its elimination.

Cookie settings for the most popular browsers

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

  1. Go to Settings or Preferences via the File menu or by clicking the icon customization that appears top right.
  2. You will see different sections; click the option Show advanced settings.
  3. Go to Privacy, Content settings.
  4. Select All cookies and site data.
  5. A list of all cookies ordered by domain appears. To make it easier to find the cookies of a specific domain partially or fully, enter the address in the field Search cookies.
  6. After making this filter will appear on the screen one or more lines with the requested web cookies. Now just select it and press the X to proceed with removal.

To access the configuration cookies of the browser Internet Explorer follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):

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

To access the configuration cookies of the browser Firefox follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):

  1. Go to Options or Preferences by operating system.
  2. Click on Privacy.
  3. In History, choose Use custom settings for history.
  4. Now you will see the option Accept Cookies, you can activate or deactivate as desired.
  1. Go to Preferences, then Privacy.
  2. Here, you can see the option Block cookies to fit the type of lock you want to perform.

To access the cookies settings of the browser Safari for iOS follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):

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

To access the configuration cookies of the browser for devices Android follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):

  1. Run the browser and press Menu; then Settings button.
  2. Go to Security and Privacy; you will see the option Accept cookies to select or deselect the box.

To access the configuration cookies of the browser for devices Windows Phone follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):

  1. Open Internet Explorer; then More, then Settings.
  2. Now you can enable or disable the option Allow cookies.