ADDITIONAL 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. Cookies are useful because they enable a website to remember your visit when you return to that page. Although many people may not be aware, cookies have been used for 20 years, starting when the first browsers for the World Wide Web appeared.
What IS a cookie NOT?
It is not a virus, a Trojan, a worm, spam or spyware, and it does not open pop-up windows.
What information does a cookie store?
Cookiesdo not usually store sensitive information about you, such as credit cards or bank details, photographs, your ID or personal information, etc. The data they keep is of a technical nature, personal preferences, personalised content, etc.
The web server associates your web browser, not you as a person. In fact, if you regularly browse with Internet Explorer and then browse the same website with Firefox or Chrome, you will see that the website does not realise you are the same person because it associates the browser, not the person.
What types of cookies are there?
- Technical cookies: These are the most basic. Among other things, they enable us to know when a human or an automated application is browsing and when an anonymous or registered user is browsing. These are basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic website.
- Analysis cookies: They collect information on the type of browsing, the sections most used, the products viewed, the user’s time zone, language, etc
- Advertising cookies: They display advertising based your browsing, country of origin, language, etc.
What are first-party cookies and third-party cookies?
First-party cookies are generated by the website you are visiting and third-party cookies are generated by third-party vendors or services such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
What happens if I disable cookies?
To understand the impact of disabling cookies, here are a few examples:
- You won’t be able to share content from that website on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media site.
- The website will not be able to adapt the content to your personal preferences, as usually happens in online stores.
- You won’t be able to access the website’s personal area, such as My account, My profile or My orders.
- Online shopping sites: It will not be possible to make online purchases. Instead, orders must be placed over the phone or by visiting the brick and mortar version of the shop, if it exists.
- 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 traffic, which will in turn make it difficult for the website to be competitive.
- You will not be able to write in the blog, upload photos, post comments or rate content. The website will be unable to ascertain whether you are a human or an automated application that posts spam.
- It will not be possible to display targeted ads, which will in turn lower the website’s advertising revenue.
Can cookies be deleted?
Yes. Not only can they be deleted, they can also be blocked, in general or for a specific domain.
To delete cookies from a website, go to your browser settings, find the cookies associated with the domain in question and delete them.
Cookie settings for the most popular browsers
Below we explain how to access a specific cookie in the Chrome browser. Note: The steps may vary, depending on the browser version:
- Click on Settings or Preferences in the file menu or click on the personalisation icon that appears in the top right corner.
- Various sections will appear; click on Show advanced options.
- Go to Privacy, Content settings.
- Select All cookies and website data.
- A list containing all the cookies ordered by domain will appear. To make it easier to find the cookies for a specific domain, enter part of or the entire address in the Search cookies field.
- Once this filter is applied, one or several lines with the cookies for the requested website will appear. Then, select it and click on the X to delete it.
- Go to Tools, Internet Options.
- Click on Privacy.
- Move the slider to adjust the desired level of privacy.
Follow these steps to access the cookie settings in the Firefox browser (the steps may vary, depending on the browser version):
- Go to Options or Preferences, depending on your operating system.
- Click on Privacy.
- In History, choose Use custom settings for history.
- The option to Accept cookies will appear, which you can enable or disable according to your preference.
Follow these steps to access the cookie settings in the Safari for OSX browser (the steps may vary, depending on the browser version):
- Go to Preferences and then Privacy.
- This area contains the option to Block cookies, enabling you to set the type of blocking to be applied.
Follow these steps to access the cookie settings in the Safari for iOS browser (the steps may vary, depending on the browser version):
- Go to Settings and then Safari.
- Go to Privacy and Security, where you will see the option to Block cookies, enabling you to set the type of blocking to be applied.
Follow these steps to access the cookie settings in the browser for Android devices (the steps may vary, depending on the browser version):
- Open the browser, press the Menu key and then Settings.
- Go to Security and Privacy, where you will see the option to Accept cookies by checking or unchecking the box.
Follow these steps to access the cookie settings in the browser for Windows Phone devices (the steps may vary, depending on the browser version):
- Open Internet Explorer, go to More and then Settings.
- 2. You may now enable or disable the Allow cookies box.