Last update on May 24, 2018
What is this about cookies?
A cookie is a harmless text file that is stored in your browser, when you visit almost any web page. Its usefulness is that the web is able to remember your visit when you return to browse that page.
So if you continue browsing, you will be giving your consent for the use of these cookies.
A cookie is not a virus, or a Trojan, or a worm, or spam, or spyware, or open windows pop up. Even if you do not know, cookies have been used for 20 years, when the first browsers appeared for the World Wide Web
The data stored by cookies are usually of a technical nature, personal preferences, personalization of content, usage statistics, links to social networks, etc. Cookies do not usually store sensitive information about you, such as credit cards or bank details, photographs or information personal.
The web server does not associate you as a person if not with your web browser. In fact, if you browse regularly with Internet Explorer and try to browse the same website with Firefox or Chrome you will see that the web does not realize that you are the same person because it is really associating the browser, not the person.
What kind of cookies are there?
They are the most basic and allow, among other things, to know when a human or an automated application is browsing, when an anonymous and registered user navigates, basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic web.
Analysis cookies: They collect information about the type of navigation you are doing, the sections you use most, products consulted, time zone of use, language, etc.
Advertising cookies: Display advertising based on your browsing, country of origin, language, etc.
What are own and third party cookies?
Own cookies are those generated by the page you are visiting and those of third parties are those generated by external services or providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
Google analytics: is a web analysis service provided by Google, Inc., a Delaware company whose main office is at the 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View (California), CA 94043, United States ("Google"). Help the blog to analyze the use made by users and improve the usability of it, but in no case are associated with data that could get to identify the user. You can check here the type of cookies used by Google in addition to the Google+ cookie and Google Maps.
Affiliate service platforms that install browser cookies to track sales that are made. That is, if I recommend for example a hosting product that I am affiliated with and you end up hiring it, these cookies will serve to inform the provider that you have done it using my affiliate link.
Social network cookies that have their own policies, so the privacy implications will depend on each social network and depend on the privacy settings that exist in that network.
What happens if I disable cookies?
To understand the scope that can have disable cookies we show some 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 often happens in online stores.
You will not be able to access the personal area of that web, such as My account, or My profile or My orders.
Online stores: It will be impossible 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 geographical preferences as time zone, currency or language.
The website will not be able to perform web analytics on visitors and traffic on the web, which will make it difficult for the website to be competitive.
You can not write on the blog, you can not 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 cookies be deleted?
Yes. Not only delete, also block, in a general or particular way for a specific domain.
To remove cookies from a website you must go to the configuration of your browser and there you can search the associated to the domain in question and proceed to its removal.
Setting cookies for the most popular browsers
Here's how to access a specific cookie from the Chrome browser.
Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser version:
Go to the Settings or Preferences through the File menu or by clicking the personalization icon that appears on the top right.
You will see different sections, click the option Show advanced options.
Go to Privacy, Content Settings.
Select All cookies and site data.
A list with all the cookies ordered by domain will appear. To make it easier to find the cookies of a specific domain, enter the address partially or completely in the Search cookies field.
After making this filter, one or several lines with the cookies of the requested web appear on the screen. Now you just have to select it and press the X to proceed with its elimination.
To access the browser settings of the Internet Explorer browser follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
Go to Tools, Internet Options
Click on Privacy.
Move the slider to adjust the level of privacy you want.
To access the cookie settings of the Firefox browser follow these steps (may vary depending on the version of the browser):
Go to Options or Preferences according to your operating system.
Click on Privacy
In History choose Use custom settings for history.
Now you will see the option Accept cookies, you can activate or deactivate it according to your preferences.
To access the cookies configuration of the Safari browser for OSX follow these steps (may vary depending on the version of the browser):
Go to Preferences, then Privacy.
In this place you will see the Block cookies option so that you can adjust the type of blocking you wish to perform.
To access the cookie settings of the Safari browser for iOS follow these steps (may vary depending on the version of the browser):
Go to Settings, then Safari.
Go to Privacy and Security, you will see the option Block cookies so that you can adjust the type of block you wish to make.
To access the browser cookie settings for Android devices follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
Run the browser and press the Menu key, then Settings.
Go to Security and Privacy, you will see the option Accept cookies to activate or deactivate the box.
To access the browser cookie settings for Windows Phone devices follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Settings
Now you can activate or deactivate the Allow cookies box.