What is a cookie?
A cookie is a harmless text file that is stored on your browser when you visit almost any website. The usefulness of a cookie is that the web is able to remember your visit next time you browse that page. Although many people do not know it, cookies have been in use for 20 years, when the first browser for the World Wide Web appeared.
What IS NOT a cookie?
It is not a virus or a Trojan, not a worm, spam, spyware or a windows-opener pop-up.
What information does a cookie store?
Cookies do not often store sensitive information about you, such as credit card or bank account information, photographs, your ID card or other personal information. 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 usually browse 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 exist?
- Technical cookies: These are the most basic and allows, among other things, to know when are a human being or an automated application navigating, when an anonymous user navigates and when one registered do it, basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic web.
- Cookies analysis: collect information about the type of navigation is performing, most used sections, products viewed, time slot of use, language, etc.
- Advertising cookies: display advertising based on your navigation, country of origin, language, etc..
What are own and third-party cookies?
Own cookies are those has been generated by the page you are visiting and third-party cookies are generated by internal or external providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
What happens if I deactivate cookies?
To understand the impact that deactivate cookies might have, we show you some examples:
- You cannot share content of this site on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
- The website will not adapt the content to your personal preferences, as often happens in the online stores.
- You cannot access the personal web area, such as my account, my profile or orders.
- Online stores: It will be impossible to make purchases online, it have to be telephone or by visiting the physical store if you have one.
- It will not be possible to customize your geographic preferences as time zone, currency or language.
- The website cannot perform analytical web visitors and traffic on the web, making it difficult to be competitive anywhere.
- You cannot write on the blog, upload photos, post comments, evaluate or rate content. The web may not know whether you are a human or an automated application that publishes spam.
- Targeted ads may not be shown, reducing advertising revenue on the web.
Can cookies be deleted?
Yes. Not only eliminate but also block them, in general or particular way to a specific domain.
To remove cookies from a website, you should go to your browser settings and there you can find the associated to the concerned domain and proceed to their elimination.
Cookie settings for popular browsers
The following link is a list with the most popular browsers, click here