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 web is able to remember your visit when you return to browse this 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, or a Trojan, or a worm, or spam, or spyware, or opens pop-up windows.

What information does a cookie store?

Cookies do not usually store sensitive information about you, such as credit cards or bank details, photographs, your ID or personal information, etc. The data they save are of a technical nature, personal preferences, personalization of contents, etc.

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

What kind of cookies are there?

  • Technical cookies: These are the most basic cookies and allow, among other things, to know when a human or automated application is browsing, when browsing an anonymous user and a registered user, basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic web.
  • Analysis cookies: They collect information about the type of navigation you are performing, the sections that you use most, products consulted, time slot of use, language, etc.
  • Advertising cookies: They show advertising based on their browsing, their country of origin, language, etc.

What are own and third party cookies?

Own cookies are those generated by the page you are visiting and those of third parties are those generated by external services or providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.

What happens if I disable cookies?

Own cookies are those generated by the page you are visiting and those of third parties are those generated by external services or providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.

Can cookies be deleted?

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

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

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

Go to Settings or Preferences through the File menu or by clicking on the customization icon at the top right.
You will see different sections, click on the option Show advanced options.
Go to Privacy, Content Settings.
Select All cookies and site data.
A list with all the cookies ordered by domain will appear. To make it easier for you to find the cookies of a particular domain, enter partially or totally the address in the Search cookies field.
After performing this filter, one or more lines will appear on the screen with the cookies of the requested website. Now you just have to select it and press X to delete it.

To access the cookie settings of Internet Explorer browser do the following (they 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 cookie settings of the Firefox browser do the following (they may vary depending on the 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 Accept cookies option, you can enable or disable it according to your preferences.

To access the cookie settings of the Safari browser for OSX do the following (they may vary depending on the browser version):

Go to Preferences, then Privacy.
In this site you will see the option Block cookies to adjust the type of blocking you want to perform.

To access the cookie settings of the Safari browser for iOS, do the following (they may vary depending on the browser version):

Go to Settings, then Safari.
Go to Privacy and Security, you will see the option Block cookies to adjust the type of blocking you want to perform.

To access the browser cookie settings for Android devices do the following (they may vary depending on the browser version):

Launch your browser and press the Menu key, then Settings.
Go to Security and Privacy, you will see the Accept fins option to enable or disable the check box.

To access the browser cookie settings for Windows Phone devices do the following (they may vary depending on the browser version):

Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Settings
You can now enable or disable the Allow cookies box.