What is a cookie?

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

What is NOT a cookie?

It is not a virus, Trojan, worm, spam, spyware, or pop-up window opener.

What information does a cookie store?

Cookies do not usually store sensitive information about you, such as credit cards or banking data, photographs, your ID, or personal information, etc. The data they store is technical in nature, personal preferences, content personalization, etc.

The web server does not associate you as a person but rather 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 recognize you as the same person because it is actually associating with the browser, not the person.

What types of cookies exist?

  • Technical Cookies: These are the most basic and allow, among other things, to know when a human is browsing or an automated application, when an anonymous user and a registered user are browsing, basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic website.

  • Analytical Cookies: They collect information about the type of browsing you are doing, the sections you use the most, products consulted, usage time, language, etc.

  • Advertising Cookies: Display advertising based on your browsing, country of origin, language, etc.

What are first-party and third-party cookies?

First-party cookies are generated by the page you are visiting, and third-party cookies are generated by external services or providers such as Facebook, Google, etc.

What happens if I disable cookies?

To understand the scope of disabling cookies, we will show you some examples:

  • You will not be able to share content from that website on Facebook or any other social network.

  • The website will not be able to adapt the content to your personal preferences, as is common in online stores.

  • You will not be able to access the personal area of that website, such as My account, My profile, or My orders.

  • Online stores: You will be unable to make online purchases; they will have to be done by phone or by visiting the physical store if available.

  • You will not be able 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, making it difficult for the website to be competitive.

  • You will not be able to write in the blog, upload photos, post comments, rate or score content. The website will also not be able to determine if you are a human or an automated application that posts spam.

  • Targeted advertising cannot be displayed, which will reduce the website’s advertising revenue.

  • All social networks use cookies; if you disable them, you will not be able to use any social network.

Can cookies be deleted?

Yes. Not only can they be deleted, but they can also be blocked, either in general or for a specific domain.

To delete cookies from a website, you should go to your browser’s settings and search for those associated with the specific domain and proceed to delete them.

Cookie settings for the most popular browsers:

Below are instructions for accessing a specific cookie in the Chrome browser. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser version:

  • Go to Settings or Preferences via the File menu or by clicking the customization icon that appears in the upper right corner.

  • You will see different sections; click on Show advanced options.

  • Go to Privacy, Content settings.

  • Select All cookies and site data.

  • A list of all cookies sorted by domain will appear.

  • To make it easier to find cookies from a particular domain, enter the partial or complete address in the Search cookies field.

  • After applying this filter, one or more lines with cookies from the requested website will appear on the screen. Now, you just have to select them and press X to delete them.

To access cookie settings in Internet Explorer, follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):

  • Go to Tools, Internet Options.

  • Click on Privacy.

  • Move the slider to adjust the desired privacy level.

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

  • Go to Options or Preferences depending on your operating system.

  • Click on Privacy.

  • In the History section, choose Use custom settings for history.

  • Now you will see the option Accept cookies; you can enable or disable it according to your preferences.

To access cookie settings in Safari for OSX, follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):

  • Go to Preferences, then Privacy.

  • In this place, you will see the option to Block cookies to adjust the type of blocking you want to perform.

To access cookie settings in Safari for iOS, follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):

  • Go to Settings, then Safari.

  • Go to Privacy and Security; you will see the option Block cookies to adjust the type of blocking you want to perform.

To access cookie settings in browsers 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 checkbox.

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

  • Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Settings.

  • Now you can enable or disable the Allow cookies checkbox.