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 the cookie is the website to be able to remember your visit when you return to browse this page. Although many people do not know the cookies have been used since 20 years ago, since the first browser for the World Wide Web.
What IS NOT a cookie?
It is not a virus or a Trojan or a worm, or spam, or spyware, or pop-up window opens.
What information do you store a cookie?
Cookies do not often store sensitive information about you, such as credit card or bank account information, photos, your ID or personal information, etc. The data stored are technical, personal preferences, personalization of content, etc.
The web server does not associate you as a person but your web browser. In fact, if you regularly browse with Internet Explorer and try to browse the same site with Firefox or Chrome you will see that the web does not realize that you are the same person because you are actually linking to the browser, not the person.
What kind of cookies are there
- Techniques cookies: These are the most basic and allow, among other things, knowing when you are navigating a human or an automated application, when an anonymous user navigates and one registered, basic tasks for running any dynamic website.
- Cookies analysis: collect information on the type of navigation being done, the sections most used, reference numbers, time slot usage, language, etc.
- Cookies advertising: show advertising based on your browsing, your country of origin, language, etc.
What are the own cookies and third-party cookies?
Own cookies are those generated by the page you are visiting and the third-party cookies are those generated by internal or external providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
What happens if I disable cookies?
To understand the scope that can be disable cookies we show some examples:
- You may not share content of this site on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
- The website can not adapt content to your personal preferences, as often happens in online stores.
- You can not access the staff area that web, including my own, or my profile or my orders.
- Online Shopping: It will be impossible to make online purchases, will be calling or visiting the physical store if you have one.
- It will not be possible to customize your geographic preferences as timeslot, currency or language.
- The website can not perform web analytics about visitors and web traffic, making it difficult to be competitive anywhere.
- You may not blogging, you can not upload photos, post comments, rate 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 revenue on the web.
Can I delete cookies?
Yes. Not only remove, also block, general or particular to a specific domain.
To remove cookies from a Web site should go to your browser settings and there you can find the associated domain in question and proceed with removal.
Setting cookies for the most popular browsers
Here’s explained how to access a particular cookie for the Chrome browser. Note: These steps may vary depending on the browser version:
- Go to Settings or Preferences using the File menu or by clicking the icon customization shown above on the right.
- You will see different sections, click the Show Advanced Options.
- Go to Privacy, Settings content.
- Select All cookies and site data.
- Lists all cookies ordered by domain. To make it easier to find the cookies of a given domain, partially or fully enter the address in the field search cookies.
- After making this filter will appear on the screen one or more lines with the requested Web cookies. Now just select it and press X to proceed to their elimination.
To access the cookie settings in 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 Firefox browser cookies follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to Options or Preferences for your operating system.
- Click on Privacy.
- In History choose Use custom settings for history..
- Now you will see the Accept cookies option, you can enable or disable according to your preferences.
To access the cookie settings for OSX Safari browser follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to Settings, then Privacy.
- Here you can see the Block cookies to fit the type of lock to perform.
To access the cookie settings for iOS Safari browser follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to Settings, then Safari.
- You go to Privacy and Security, see the Block cookies to fit the type of lock to perform.
To access the browser cookie settings to Android devices follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
- Run the browser and press Menu, then Settings button.
- Go to Security and Privacy, see the Accept cookies option to check or uncheck the box.
To access the browser cookie settings to Windows Phone devices follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
- Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Settings
- Now you can enable or disable the Allow cookies.