What is a cookie?

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

What is not a cookie?

It is not a virus, nor a Trojan, nor a worm, nor spam, nor spyware, nor opens windows pop-up.

What Information Does A Cookie Store?

The  cookies  not often store sensitive information about you, such as credit card or bank account information, photographs, your ID or personal information, etc. The data they keep are of a technical nature, personal preferences, personalization of contents, etc.

The web server does not associate you as a person, but your web browser. In fact, if you regularly browse Internet Explorer and try to navigate through the same website with Firefox or Chrome you will see that the web does not realize that you are the same person because it is really associating the browser, not the person.

What Type 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 and registered user navigates, basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic web.
  •  Analysis cookies : They collect information about the type of navigation you are doing, the sections that you use the most, products consulted, time of use, language, etc.
  •  Advertising cookies : They show advertising based on your browsing, country of origin, language, etc.

What are Own Cookies and Third Party Cookies?

The  party cookies  are those generated by the page you’re visiting and  third  are generated by services or external providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.

What Happens If I Deactivate Cookies?

To understand the scope that can have disable  cookies  we show some examples:

  • You can not share content from that website on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
  • The website will not be able to adapt the contents to their personal preferences, as is often the case in online stores.
  • You can not access the personal area of ​​that web, such as  My account , or  My profile or  My orders .
  • Online stores: It will be impossible to make purchases online, they will have to be telephone or visiting the physical store if you have it.
  • It will not be possible to customize your geographical preferences as a time zone, currency or language.
  • The website will not be able to perform web analytics on visitors and traffic on the web, which will make it difficult for the website to be competitive.
  • You can not write on the blog, you can not upload photos, post comments, rate or rate content. The web will not be able to know if you are a human or an automated application that publishes  spam .
  • It will not be possible to show sectorized advertising, which will reduce the advertising income of the web.
  • All social networks use  cookies , if you disable them you can not use any social network.

Can Cookies be Removed?

Yes. Not only delete, also block, in a general or particular way for a specific domain. 

To delete  cookies  from a website you must go to your browser settings and there you can search the associated ones to the domain in question and proceed to their elimination.

Cookies Configuration for the Most Popular Browsers

Here’s how to access a   specific cookie in the Chrome browser  . Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser version:

  1. Go to Settings or Preferences through the File menu or by clicking on the personalization icon that appears at the top right.
  2. You will see different sections, click the option  Show advanced options .
  3. Go to  Privacy ,  Content Settings .
  4. Select  All cookies and site data .
  5. A list with all the  cookies  sorted by domain will appear. To make it easier for you to find the  cookies  of a certain domain, enter the address partially or completely in the Search cookies field  .
  6. After making this filter, one or several lines with the cookies  of the requested web appear on the screen  . Now you just have to select it and press the  X  to proceed with its elimination.

To access the cookie settings of   the Internet Explorer browser   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 cookie settings of   the Firefox browser   follow these steps (may vary depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Go to  Options  or  Preferences  according to your 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 it according to your preferences.

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

  1. Go to  Preferences , then  Privacy .
  2. In this place you will see the option  Block cookies  so that you can adjust the type of block you want to make.

To access the cookies configuration of   the Safari browser  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  so that you can adjust the type of block you want to make.

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

  1. Run the browser and press the Menu key  , then  Settings .
  2. Go to  Security and Privacy , you will see the option  Accept cookies  to activate or deactivate the box.

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

  1. Open  Internet Explorer , then  More , then  Settings
  2. Now you can activate or deactivate the Allow cookies box.