What’s a cookie?

A cookie is a harmless small text file that is stored on your web browser when you visit almost any website. Websites use Cookies to identify returning users. What many people do not know is that Cookies have been used by websites since the first World Wide Web browsers came into existence some twenty years ago.

What is NOT a cookie?

Cookies are not viruses, trojans, worms, spam or spyware, and they do not cause pop-up windows to open.

What kind of information do Cookies record?

Cookies do not usually record sensitive information about you, such as credit card or bank details, photographs, ID numbers or any other private information. Cookies merely provide technical information, personal preferences, customized content information, etc.

Website servers do not identify you personally, they identify your browser. In fact, if you normally use Internet Explore and you try visiting the same site on Firefox or Chrome, you will notice that the website will not identify you on the new browser.

What are the different types of Cookies?

  • Functional Cookies: They are the most basic type and they are used to determine whether the user is a real person or an automated application, whether he/she is registered on the site or just a guest, among other essential tasks for online functionality.
  • Analytical Performance Cookies: They are used to analyse patterns of user behaviour, sections of the page visited, most popular time slot, languages, etc.
  • Behavioural Advertising Cookies: They allow websites to provide users with advertising that is adjusted to their interests, country, language, etc.

What are first and third-party Cookies?

A website’s first Cookies are generated by the web page that you are visiting at a particular time. Third-party Cookies are provided by external services or suppliers, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.

What happens if I disable Cookies?

There are some consequences that disabling Cookies may have on site processes and usability. Here you are some examples:

  • You won’t be able to share content from the website on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking service.
  • The website won’t be able to adjust its contents to your personal preferences, as in the case of online shops.
  • You won’t be able to log into your personal area, including your Account, your Profile or your Orders History.
  • You won’t be able to shop online – you’ll have to use the telephone or go to a physical store (if it exists).
  • It won’t be possible to personalize your geographical preferences, such as time zone, currency or language.
  • Servers won’t be able to control users’ behaviour (number of views, website traffic) which allows a better develop in websites.
  • You won’t be able to write on the blog, upload photos or images, post comments, evaluate contents, etc. The website won’t be able to determine whether you’re a real person or an automated application sending spam.
  • The website won’t be able to display their advertisements based on users’ interests, which will reduce its advertising earnings.
  • All social network sites use Cookies, so you won’t be able to use any of them.

Can Cookies be deleted?

Yes. Cookies can be deleted and blocked, either as a whole or for a specific domain.

Cookies can be deleted through the web browser settings. There you will find Cookies associated with the domain and delete them.

Cookies settings for most popular web browsers.

Follow the following steps to manage Cookies on Chrome. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser’s version.

  • 1. Select Settings or Preferences on the File menu or the Custom and Control icon on the top right.
  • 2. Select Show advanced settings.
  • 3. In the Privacy section, select Content settings.
  • 4. Select All Cookies and site data.
  • 5. You’ll see a list of all Cookies organized by domain. Enter an address on the Search Cookies box to find a specific domain more easily.
  • 6. A list of all Cookies from the website requested will appears. Finally, select all the Cookies you want to delete and press X.

Follow the following steps to manage Cookies on Internet Explorer. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser’s version.

  • 1. Select Internet Options on the Tool menu.
  • 2. Click on Privacy.
  • 3. Move the slider to set what types of Cookies are blocked or allowed.

Follow the following steps to manage Cookies on Firefox. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser’s version.

  • 1. Click the menu button and choose Options or Preferences, depending on your operating system.
  • 2. Select the Privacy panel.
  • 3. Set Firefox will to Use custom settings for history.
  • 4. Check mark Accept Cookies from sites to enable Cookies, and uncheck them to disable them.

Follow the following steps to manage Cookies on Safari for OSX. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser’s version.

  • 1. Select Preferences, then Privacy.
  • 2. Choose Block Cookies to change which Cookies are accepted.

Follow the following steps to manage Cookies on Safari for iOS. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser’s version.

  • 1. Select Settings, then Safari.
  • 2. Under Privacy & Security, tap on Block Cookies to change which Cookies are accepted.

Follow the following steps to manage Cookies on Android devices. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser’s version.

  • 1. Run the browser and select Settings on the Menu panel.
  • 2. Under Security & Privacy, check Accept Cookies to enable them or uncheck it to disable them.

Follow the following steps to manage Cookies on Windows Phone devices. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser’s version.

  • 1. Open Internet Explorer, select More, then Settings.
  • 2. Check or uncheck Allow Cookies.
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