What is a cookie?
Cookies are harmless text files that are stored on your browser when you visit almost every website. Its utility is that the website will be able to recognize USERS when they revisit a website. Although many people do not know, cookies have been used for 20 years. In fact, they appeared for the first time with the browsers for the World Wide Web.
What Cookies are NOT?
They are not a virus, nor a trojan, nor a worm, nor spam, nor spyware; and they do not trigger pop-up windows.
What kinds of information do cookies store in?
Cookies do not use to store sensitive data; such as, credit cards or bank data, pictures, your ID or personal data; etc. Generally, they store technical information, individual preferences and contents, etc. The web server does not identify you as an individual, it identifies your browser. In fact, if you often browse by using Internet Explorer and then by using Firefox or Chrome, you will notice that the website does not realized that you are the same person beacause it is associating the browser, not the individual.
What are own cookies and third-party cookies?
On the one hand, own cookies are generated by the website you are visiting. On the other hand, third party cookies are normally generated by other external providers or services; such as, Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
What happens if cookies are disabled?
In order for you to understand how disabled cookies may affect your browsing experi-ence, let's see some instances:
- You will not be able to share contents on Facebook or Twitter or any other social net-work.
- The website will not be able to adapt its contents in accordance with your individual preferences, as in online shops.
- You will be not able to access to private sections, such as; My Account, My Profile or My Orders.
- Online shops: You will not be able to shop online. On the contrary, orders may be processed only by phone or by visiting the physical shop, if available.
- Your location preferences such as; time slot, currency or language will not be custom-ized.
- The website will not be able to produce statistics about visitors and web traffic so that it will prejudice the website competitiveness.
- You will not able be to write on the blog, upload pictures, post comments, assess and give feedback about the contents. The website will not be able to distinguish whether you are human or an automatic system (spam.) - Specific advertising will not be displayed; consequently, it will reduce the website ad-vertising incomes.
Can I remove cookies?
Yes. Not only remove them but also generally or specifically block them for a particu-lar domain. In order to remove cookies, you must go to your browser settings and identify the as-sociated domain and remove them, when applicable.
Information provided by the main browsers concerning cookie managements
Now, we tell you how to access a specific cookie in Chrome . Notice that these steps may vary according to the browser version:
1. Go to "Settings" or ‘‘Preferences’’ and click on the customization icon at the top right.
2. There are several "Sections", click "Advanced".
3. Under "Privacy and security," click "Content settings".
4. Under "All cookies and site data".
5. A list with all cookies will be displayed and they will be listed according to the domain. In order to easily search cookies concerning a specific domain, enter the partial or full address in Search cookies.
6. After filtering, one or several cookies (concerning a specific domain) will be displayed. Now, you must select it and click on "X" to remove them.
To access Internet Explorer cookie settings, follow these directions (steps may vary according to the browser version):
1. Select "Tools", "Internet settings".
2. Click on "Privacy".
3. Move the slider and choose your desired privacy settings.
To access Firefox cookie settings, follow these directions (steps may vary according to the browser version):
1. Click the "Options" button and choose "Preferences" according to your OS.
2. Click on "Privacy".
3. Click "History" and then use a customized configuration.
4. Now you will see the option "Accept cookies". You can activate or deactivate according to your preferences.
To access Safari cookie settings on OSX, follow these directions (steps may vary ac-cording to the browser version):
1. Go to "Preferences", then "Privacy."
2. You will see "Block Cookies", set your preferences.
To access Safari cookie settings on iOS, follow these directions (steps may vary accord-ing to the browser version):
1. Go to "Settings", then "Safari".
2. Go to "Privacy and Security". Then, you will see "Block Cookies", set your preferences.
To access cookie settings on Android , follow these directions (steps may vary according to the browser version):
1. Open the browser and click "Menu", then "Settings."
2. Go to Privacy and Security. Then, you will see "Accept Cookies", in order to activate and deactivate.
To access to cookie settings on Windows Phone follow these directions (steps may vary according to the browser version):
1. Open Internet Explorer, then "More", then "Settings."
2. Now, you can activate or deactivate by clicking "Allow cookies."