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 website. The purpose of the  cookie  is for the website to be able to remember your visit when you return to that page. Although many people do not know it, 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, trojan, worm, spam, spyware or pop-up.

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. The data they store is of a technical nature, personal preferences, personalisation of content, etc.

The web server does not associate you as a person but your web browser. In fact, if you usually browse with Internet Explorer and try browsing the same website with Firefox or Chrome you will see that the website does not realise that you are the same person because it is actually associating the browser, not the person.

What kind o f cookies  are there?

  • Technical cookies : 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 a registered user is browsing, basic tasks for the functioning of any dynamic website.
  • Analytics cookies : They collect information on the type of browsing you are doing, the sections you use most, products consulted, time of day you use them, language, etc.
  • Advertising cookies : They display advertising based on your browsing habits, country of origin, language, etc.

What are own  cookies  and third party cookies?

 Own cookies  are those generated by the website you are visiting and the  third-party cookies  are those generated by external services or providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.

What happens if I disable the  cookies?

To help you understand the extent to which you can 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 content to your personal preferences, as is often the case with online 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: It will be impossible for you to shop online, you will have to do so by telephone or by visiting the physical shop if there is one.
  • It will not be possible to customise 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 will not be able to write on the blog, upload photos, post comments or rate content. The website will also not be able to tell whether you are a human or an automated application posting  spam.
  • It will not be possible to display targeted advertising, which will reduce the website’s advertising revenue.
  • All social networks use  cookies, if you disable them you will not be able to use any social network.

Can the cookies be deleted?

Yes. Not only delete, but also block, either generally or for a specific domain.

To delete  cookies  from a website, you must go to your browser settings and there you can search for those associated with the domain in question and delete them.

Here is how to access a specific  cookie  from the  Chrome browser. Note: These steps may vary depending on your browser version:

  1. Go to Settings or Preferences via the File menu or by clicking on the customisation icon at the top right.
  2. You will see different sections, click on the option  Show advanced options.
  3. Go to  Privacy,  Content settings.
  4. Select  All  cookies  and site data.
  5. You will see a list of all the  cookies  sorted by domain. To make it easier for you to find  cookies  for a given domain, enter part or all of the address in the field  Search for cookies.
  6. After making this filter, one or more lines will appear on the screen with the  cookies  of the requested website. Now simply select it and press  X  to delete it.

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

  1. Go to  Tools,  Internet Options
  2. Click on  Privacy.
  3. Move the slider to set the desired privacy level.

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

  1. Go to  Options  or  Preferences  depending on your operating system.
  2. Click on  Privacy.
  3. At  History  choose  Use custom settings for history.
  4. Now you will see the option  Accept cookies, you can activate or deactivate it according to your preferences.

To access the  cookies  configuration of the  Safari for OSX  browser follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):

  1. Go to  Preferences, then  Privacy.
  2. Here you will see the option  Block cookies  for you to set the type of blocking you want to apply.

To access the  cookies  configuration of the  Safari for iOS  browser follow these steps (they 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  for you to set the type of blocking you want to apply.

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

  1. Launch the navigator and press the key  Menu, then  Settings.
  2. Go to  Security and Privacy, you will see the option  Accept cookies  to check or uncheck the box.

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

  1. Open  Internet Explorer, then  More, then  Settings
  2. You can now check or uncheck the box  Allow cookies.

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