What is a cookie?
A cookie is a text file harmless which is stored in your browser when you visit almost any web page. The utility of the cookie is that the web is able to remember your visit when you return to browse that page. Although many people don't know cookies They 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 does it open pop-up windows.
What information does a cookie?
The cookies They 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 is of a technical nature, personal preferences, content customization, etc.
The web server does not associate you as a person but your web browser. In fact, if you regularly browse with Internet Explorer and try to browse the same website with Firefox or Chrome, you will see that the website 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 basic and allow, among other things, to know when a human or an automated application is browsing, when an anonymous user and a registered user are browsing, basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic website.
- cookies analysis: They collect information about the type of browsing you are doing, the sections you use the most, products consulted, time slot of use, language, etc.
- cookies Advertising: They show advertising based on your browsing, your country of origin, language, etc.
What are the cookies own and those of third parties?
The own cookies are those generated by the page you are visiting and the from third parties are those generated by external services or providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
What happens if I disable the cookies?
So that you understand the scope that deactivating the cookies Here are some examples:
- You will not be able to share content from this 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, either My profile either My orders.
- Online stores: It will be impossible for you to make purchases online, they will have to be made by phone or by visiting the physical store if you have one.
- It will not be possible to customize your geographic preferences such as time zone, 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 website to be competitive.
- You will not be able to write on the blog, you will not be able to 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 revenue of the web.
Can you remove the cookies?
Yes. Not only delete, but also block, in a general or particular way for a specific domain.
To remove the cookies of a website you must go to your browser settings and there you can search for those associated with the domain in question and proceed to their elimination.
configuration of cookies for the most popular browsers
Here's how to access a cookie browser determined Chrome. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser version:
- Go to Settings or Preferences through the File menu or by clicking the personalization icon that appears 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 will appear with all cookies sorted by domain. To make it easier for you to find the cookies of a certain domain enter partially or totally the address in the field search cookies.
- After carrying out this filter, one or more lines will appear on the screen with the cookies of the requested website. Now you only have to select it and press the X to proceed with its removal.
To access the settings cookies browser internet explorer follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to Tools, Internet Options
- Click on Privacy.
- Move the slider to set the level of privacy you want.
To access the settings cookies browser Firefox follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to Options either preferences depending on your operating system.
- Click on Privacy.
- In Record choose Use custom settings for history.
- You will now see the option accept cookies, you can turn it on or off according to your preferences.
To access the settings cookies browser Safari for OS X follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to preferences, then Privacy.
- In this place you will see the option block cookies for you to set the type of lock you want to perform.
To access the settings cookies browser Safari for iOS follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to Settings, then Safari.
- Go to Privacy & Security, you will see the option block cookies for you to set the type of lock you want to perform.
To access the settings cookies browser for devices Android follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):
- Launch the browser and press the key Menu, then Settings.
- Go to Security and Privacy, you will see the option accept cookies to check or uncheck the box.
To access the settings cookies browser for devices windows phone follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):
- open internet explorer, then Further, then Setting
- Now you can check or uncheck the box allow cookies.