About Cookies

More information about Cookies

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a harmless text file that is stored in your browser when you visit almost any website. The usefulness of the cookie is that the web is able to remember your visit the next time you browse that page. Although many people do not know, cookies have been in use for 20 years, when the first browsers for the World Wide Web appeared.

What is NOT a cookie?

It is not a virus or a Trojan, not a bug or spam or spyware, or open pop-up windows.

What information does a cookie save?

The cookies do not tend to save sensitive information about you like credit cards or bank accounts, your ID or personal information, etc. The saved data are of technical character, personal preferences, content customization, etc..

The web server does not associate you as a person, it does it with your web browser. In fact, if you are used to browse with Internet Explorer and you try to browse the same website with Firefox or Chrome, you will be able to see that the web does not realize that you are the same person because cookies are associated to your browser, not to the user.

What kind of cookies are there?

  • Technical cookies: These are the most basic ones and allow, among other things, to know when a human is browsing a website or it is an automatized application instead, when a user is navigating in a registered or anonymously way, and basic tasks needed for the functioning of any dynamic web.
  • Analysis cookies: They gather data about what kind of browsing is being made, the more used sections, viewed products, time slot of use, language, etc.
  • Advertisement cookies: They are used to allow ads to be shown depending on your browsing, your country, your language, etc.

Which are the own website and third party cookies?

The cookies of the own website are generated for the website you are visiting, and the third parties cookies are the ones generated by external services and providers like Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.

What happens if I disable the cookies?

For you to understand the effect that may cause to deactivate the cookies, we show you some examples:

  • You won’t be able to share website contents on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
  • The website won’t be able to adapt the contents to your personal preferences, like it tends to happen in online shops.
  • The website won’t be able to adapt the contents to your personal preferences, like it tends to happen in online shops.
  • Online shops: It won’t be possible to shop online, it will have to be via phone or visiting the physical shop, if there is.
  • It won’t be possible to customize your geographic preferences like timeslot, currency or language.
  • The website won’t be able to make web analytics about visitors and web traffic, making it difficult to be competitive.
  • You won’t be able to write in blogs or upload photos, publish comments or rate contents. The website won’t be able to know if you are a human being or an automatized application that wants to publish spam.
  • It won’t be possible to show sectorized ads, what will reduce the advertising incomes of the website.
  • All social networks use cookies, if you deactivate them you won’t be able to use any social network.

Can cookies be deleted?

Yes. Not only delete, also block them, in a general or particular way for a specific domain.

To delete cookies from a website you must go to the configuration dashboard of your browser and look for the ones associated to the domain and proceed to the removal.

Cookies configuration for the most popular browsers

Here’s how to access a particular cookie from the Chrome browser. Note: These steps may vary depending on the browser version:

  1. Go to Settings or Preferences using the File menu or by clicking on the icon that appears on personalization, on the top right.
  2. You will see different sections, click on Show Advanced Options.
  3. Go to Privacy, Content settings.
  4. Select All cookies and site data.
  5. A list of all cookies ordered by domain will appear. To make it easier to find specific domain cookies, enter the address partially or completely in the Search cookies.
  6. After entering this filter, there will appear on the screen one or more lines with the requested Web cookies . Now just select them, and press X to proceed to its removal.

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

  1. Go to Options or Preferences , depending on your operating system.
  2. Click on Privacy.
  3. In History, choose Use custom settings for history.
  4. Now you will see the Accept cookies option, you can activate or deactivate them according to your preferences.

To access the cookies settings on Safari for OS X follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):

  1. Go to Preferences, then Privacy.
  2. Here you can see the Block cookies option to fit the sort of block you want to do.

To access the cookies settings on 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 will see the Block cookies option to fit the sort of block you want to do.

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

  1. Start the browser and press Menu, then Settings.
  2. Go to Security and Privacy, you will see the Accept cookies option and you will have the option of enable or disable it.

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

  1. Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Settings.
  2. 4. Now you can activate or deactivate the checkbox Allow cookies.