WHAT IS A COOKIE?
A cookie is a file containing an inoffensive text that is stored in your browser when you visit a webpage. Cookies are used for the webpage to remember your visit whenever you revisi t it. Although a lot of people are unaware of it, cookies have been used for 20 years, when the first browsers appeared on the World Wide Web.
WHAT A COOKIE IS NOT
It is neither a virus, trojan, worm, spam, spyware nor does it open pop-ups.
WHAT INFORMATION DOES A COOKIE STORE?
Cookies do not usually store private information about you, such as credit card or bank details, photographs, ID card number, personal details etc. They store technical information, personal preferences, personalised content etc.
The server does not associate to you as a person, but to your browser. Therefore, if you usually use Internet Explorer to surf the web and then try browse on the same website using Firefox or Chrome, you will be able to see that it does not realise you are not the same person because it is associated to the browser, not the person.
WHAT TYPES OF COOKIES EXIST?
Technical cookies: These are the most basic ones and, among other things, inform of whether a human being or an automatic application is surfing, when a registered or unregistered person is surfing, and carries out any of the basic uses necessary for a dynamic website to function correctly.
Analysis cookies: These gather information about the type of browsing that is being carried out, the sections used the most, products consulted, the time used, language etc.
Publicity cookies: These show publicity depending on where you surf, your country of origin, language etc.
WHAT are individual cookies and those of third parties?
INDIVIDUAL COOKIES are generated by the page you are visiting and third party cookies are generated by services or external providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google etc.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DISACTIVATE COOKIES?
We will give some examples so you understand what happens if you disable cookies:
You wonâ€™t be able to share the content of this webpage on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
The webpage wonâ€™t be able to adapt the content to your personal preferences, such as when shopping online.
You wonâ€™t be able to enter the personal area of the website, such as, for example, My account, My profile, My orders.
Online shops: It will be impossible for you to shop online. You will have to use the telephone or visit a shop if possible.
It wonâ€™t be able to personalise your geographical preferences, such as time zones, monetary unit or language.
The webpage wonâ€™t be able to carry out analysis about visitors or web traffic, which makes it difficult for the website to be competitive.
You wonâ€™t be able to write on a blog, upload photos, publish comments, or evaluate content. The webpage wonâ€™t know if you are a human being or an automatic application that publishes spam.
It wonâ€™t be able to show publicity from different sectors, which will reduce incoming publicity on the website.
CAN COOKIES BE DELETED?
Yes. They can be both deleted and blocked, both in general and on specific domains.
To delete cookies on a webpage, you have to enter set up on your browser and search for associates to the domain in question. Then proceed to delete.
SETTING UP COOKIES ON THE MOST POPULAR BROWSERS
Please find how to access a specific cookie on the browser. NB: These can vary depending on the version of the browser.
- Go to configuration or preferences using the file menu and clicking on the personalised icon that appears in the top right-hand corner.
- You will see different sections, click on the option: Show advanced options.
- Go to Privacy, Content set up.
- Select all cookies and website data.
- A list of all cookies, in order by domains, will appear. To facilitate the search, enter the whole or partial address in: Search Cookies.
- After applying this filter, one or various lines of cookies used by the website will appear on your screen. Now all you have to do is select and press X in order to delete.
To access the cookies set up on Internet Explorer, follow these steps (they can vary depending on the version of your browser):
- Go to tools, Internet options.
- Click on Privacy
- Move the slide control until you adjust it to the level of privacy you desire.
To enter the Firefox set up, follow these steps (they can vary depending on the version of your browser).
- Go to Options or Preferences depending on your operative system.
- Click on Privacy.
- In History, use a personalised set up for the history.
- Go to Accept Cookies, activate or disable, depending on your preferences.
To access the cookies configuration of the Safari navigator for OSX, follow these steps: (They may vary, depending on the version in your browser).
- Go to Preferences, then privacy.
- You will see the option Block Cookies to activate the type of block you wish to carry out.
To access the cookie set up for the iOS Safari browser follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of your browser)
- Go to settings, then Safari.
- Go to Privacy and Security, where you will see the option Block Cookies so you can adjust the type of block you wish to carry out.
To access the set up of cookies on Android, follow these steps. (These may vary depending on your browser).
- Run your browser and press Menu, then settings.
- Go to security and Privacy, you will see the option Accept Cookies so either activate or disable them.
To access the configuration for Windows Phone browser, follow these steps. (These may change, depending on the version of your browser)