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 to allow the website to remember your visit when you return to that page. Although many people don’t know it, cookies have been used for 20 years, when the first World Wide Web browsers appeared.
WHAT IS NOT A COOKIE?
It is not a virus, Trojan horse, worm, spam or spyware, and it does not open pop-up windows.
WHAT INFORMATION DOES A COOKIE STORE?
Generally, cookies do not store sensitive information about you, such as credit card or bank account information, photographs, ID card or personal information, etc. The data they do store is only about you. The data they do store is technical in nature, personal preferences, content personalization, etc.
It is not the web server that associates you as a person but your web browser. In fact, if you’re used to browsing with Internet Explorer and you try to browse the same website with Firefox or Chrome, you’ll find that the web doesn’t realize you’re the same person because it’s actually associating the browser, not the person.
WHAT TYPES OF COOKIES ARE THERE?
Technical cookies: these are the most basic and allow, among other things, to know when a human or an automated application is browsing, when an anonymous user and a registered user are browsing, basic tasks for the functioning of any dynamic website.
Analysis cookies: they collect information on the type of navigation carried out, the most used sections, the products consulted, the time of use, the language, etc.
Advertising cookies: they show advertisements based on your browsing, country of origin, language, etc.
WHAT ARE FIRST-PARTY AND THIRD-PARTY COOKIES?
First-party cookies are those generated by the page you are visiting and third-party cookies are those generated by external services or providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DISABLE COOKIES?
To help you understand the impact of turning off cookies, here are some examples:
You will not be able to share content from this website on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
The website will not be able to tailor content to your personal preferences, as is often the case in online stores.
You will not be able to access the personal area of this website, such as My Account, My Profile or My Orders.
Online stores: You will not be able to make purchases online, you will have to make them by phone or by visiting the physical store if it exists.
You will not be able to customize your location preferences, such as time zone, currency or language.
The website will not be able to perform analytics on visitors and web traffic, which will make it difficult for the website to compete.
You will not be able to write on the blog, upload photos, post comments, rate or review content. The website will not be able to know whether you are a human or an automated application posting spam.
You will not be able to display targeted advertising, which will reduce the site’s advertising revenue.
CAN COOKIES BE DELETED?
Yes, not only can they be deleted, but they can also be blocked, either in general or for a specific domain.
To delete cookies from a website, you need to go to your browser settings, where you can search for cookies associated with the domain in question and delete them.
Setting cookies for popular browsers
Here’s how to access a specific cookie in the Chrome browser. Note: These steps may vary depending on your browser version:
Go to Settings or Preferences via the File menu or by clicking the customization icon in the upper right.
You will see different sections, click on Show advanced options.
Go to Privacy, Content Settings.
Select All cookies and site data.
You will see a list of all cookies sorted by domain. To make it easier to find cookies for a particular domain, type all or part of the address in the Find Cookies field.
After performing this filter, one or more lines with cookies for the requested website will appear on the screen. All you have to do is select it and press X to delete it.
To access the cookie settings of the Internet Explorer browser, follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):
Go to Tools, Internet Options
Click on Privacy.
Move the slider to set the level of privacy you want.
To access your Firefox browser’s cookie settings, follow these steps (which may vary by browser version):
Go to Options or Preferences, depending on your operating system.
Click on Privacy.
Under History, choose Use custom settings for history.
You will now see the option to Accept Cookies, which you can turn on or off depending on your preferences.
To access cookie settings in the Safari for OSX browser, follow these steps (which may vary depending on the browser version):
Go to Preferences, then Privacy.
Here you’ll see the Block Cookies option so you can adjust the type of blocking you want to do.
To access cookie settings in the Safari browser for iOS, follow these steps (which may vary depending on the browser version):
Go to Settings, then Safari.
Under Privacy and Security, you’ll see the Block Cookies option, which will allow you to adjust the type of blocking you want to do.
To access the browser’s cookie settings for Android devices, follow these steps (which may vary depending on the browser version):
Launch the browser and press the Menu key, then Settings.
Go to Security and Privacy, you’ll see the Accept Cookies option to check or uncheck the box.
To access your browser’s cookie settings for Windows Phone devices, follow these steps (which may vary by browser version):
Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Settings
You can now check or uncheck the “Allow Cookies” box.
COOKIES USED on this website: