What is a cookie?

A cookie it's a text file Harmless that is stored in your browser when you visit almost any website. The usefulness of the cookie is that the website is able to remember your visit when you browse that page again. Although a lot of people don't know cookies have been used for some time 20 Years, when the first browsers for the World Wide Web appeared.

What IS NOT a cookie?

It's not a virus., nor a Trojan, not a worm, no spam, nor spyware, doesn't even open pop-up windows.

What information does a cookie?

The cookies they don't usually store sensitive information about you, such as credit cards or bank details, Photographs, your ID or personal information, etc. The data they store are technical in nature, personal preferences, personalization of content, etc.

The web server does not associate you as a person but with your web browser. In fact, if you regularly browse with Internet Explorer and try browsing 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?

  • Cookies Techniques: They are the most elementary and allow, among other things, know when a human or automated app is browsing, when an anonymous user and a registered user browse, basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic website.
  • Cookies analysis: They collect information about the type of navigation you are doing, the sections you use most, products consulted, time slot of use, Language, etc.
  • Cookies advertising: Show advertising based on your browsing, your country of origin, Language, etc.

What are cookies own and those of third parties?

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

What happens if I turn off cookies?

So you understand the scope that you can have to turn off cookies we show you a few examples:

  • You will not be able to share content from that website on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
  • The website will not be able to adapt the contents to your personal preferences, as is often the case in online stores.
  • You will not be able to access the personal area of that website, such as My account, o My profile o My orders.
  • Online stores: It will be impossible for you 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 geographic preferences as a time slot, currency or language.
  • The website will not be able to perform web analytics on visitors and web traffic, which will make it difficult for the web to be competitive.
  • You won't be able to write on the blog, won't be able to upload photos, post comments, rating or rating content. The website will also not be able to tell if you are a human or an automated application that publishes spam.
  • You will not be able to show sectorized advertising, which will reduce web advertising revenue.
  • All social networks use cookies, if you deactivate them you won't be able to use any social network.

Can I remove cookies?

Yes. Not just delete, also block, generally or particularly for a specific domain.

To eliminate cookies a website should go to your browser settings and there you can search for those associated with the domain in question and proceed to its removal.

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

  1. Go to Settings or Preferences using the File menu or by clicking the customization icon at the top right.
  2. You'll 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 will appear with all the cookies sorted by domain. To make it easier for you to find the cookies of a given domain enter the address in part or in full in the field Search for cookies.
  6. After performing this filter, one or more lines will appear on the screen with the cookies of the requested website. Now you just need to select it and press the X to proceed with its elimination.

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

  1. Go to Options o Preferences depending on your operating system.
  2. Click on Privacy.
  3. In History Choose Use custom settings for history.
  4. Now you'll see the option Accept cookies, you can turn it on or off according to your preferences.

To access the settings cookies browser Safari 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 to adjust the type of lock you want to perform.

To access the settings cookies browser Safari 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'll see the option Block cookies to adjust the type of lock you want to perform.

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

  1. Run the browser and press the key Menu, Then Settings.
  2. Go to Security and Privacy, you'll see the option Accept cookies to select or clear the check box.

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

  1. Open Internet Explorer, Then More, Then Configuration
  2. You can now select or clear the checkbox Allow cookies.