A cookie is a small text file that is stored on your device when you visit almost any web page. They are used for the website to remember your visit the next time you browse that page. Cookies often store information of a technical nature, personal preferences, personalisation of content, usage statistics, links to social networks, access to user accounts, etc. The purpose of a cookie is to adapt the contents of the website to your profile and needs. Without cookies, services offered by any web page would be significantly impaired.
More information about cookies
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a harmless text file that is stored on your browser when you visit almost any web page. Cookies are used in order for the website to be able to remember your visit the next time you browse that page. Although many people do not know it, cookies they have been in use for 20 years, when the first browsers for the World Wide Web appeared.
What a cookie is NOT
It is not a virus, nor is it a Trojan, a worm, spam, spyware, nor does it open pop-up windows.
What information does a cookie store?
Cookies do not usually store sensitive information about you, such as credit card or bank account information, photographs, your ID or personal information, etc. The data stored is technical, personal preferences, content customisation, etc.
The web server does not associate you as a person but 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 realise you are the same person because it is actually associating with the browser, not the person.
What types of cookies are there?
- Technical cookies: These are the most basic. They make it possible, among other things, to know when a human being or an automated application is browsing, to know when an anonymous user or a registered user is browsing and to conduct basic tasks for the functioning of any dynamic web page.
- Analysis cookies: These collect information about the type of browsing that is being performed, the sections that are most used, products consulted, time zone, language, etc.
- Advertising cookies: These display advertising based on your browsing, your country of origin, language, etc.
What are first-party and third-party cookies?
First-party cookies are those generated by the web page you are visiting and third-party cookies are those generated by external services or providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
What happens if I disable cookies?
In order to understand the scope of the effect that disabling cookies may have, we provide some examples:
- You will not be able to share content from this website on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
- The website will not be able to adapt the content to your personal preferences, as often happens in online stores.
- You will not be able to access the personal area of that web page, such as My Account, My Profile or My Orders.
- Online Shops: It will be impossible to make online purchases. You will have to call or physically visit the store if available.
- It will not be possible to customise your geographic preferences such as time zone, currency or language.
- The website will not be able to perform web analytics about visitors and web traffic, making it difficult for the website to be competitive.
- You will not be able to write on the blog, upload photos, post comments, evaluate or rate content. The website will not be able to detect if you are a human being or an automated application that publishes spam.
- No targeted advertising can be shown, which will reduce the advertising revenues of the website.
Can cookies be deleted?
Yes. Not only can you delete them, you can also block them, in general or in particular, from a specific domain.
To remove cookies from a website, go to your browser settings, find those associated to the domain in question and eliminate them.
Cookie settings for the most popular browsers
Below we show you how to manage a particular cookie in Google Chrome. Please note: these steps may vary depending on the version of the browser:
- Go to Settings or Preferences using the File menu or by clicking on the customisation icon that appears in the upper right corner.
- You will see different sections, click on Show Advanced Settings.
- Go to Privacy, Content settings.
- Select All cookies and site data.
- A list of all cookies will appear, sorted by domain. To find cookies easily in a specific domain enter the address partially or completely in the field Search cookies.
- After this filter, one or more lines with the cookies of the requested website will appear on the screen. Now simply select it and press X to remove.
To access the cookie settings in Internet Explorer follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Go to Tools, Internet Options
- Click on Privacy.
- Move the slide bar to adjust the level of privacy you desire.
To manage cookie settings in Firefox follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Go to Options or Preferences, depending on your operating system.
- Click on Privacy.
- Under History choose Use custom settings for history.
- Now you will see the Accept Cookies option. You can activate or deactivate it as desired.
To manage cookie settings in Safari for OSX follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Go to Settings, then Privacy.
- Here you will see the Block Cookies option to adjust the type of blocking you prefer.
To manage cookie settings in Safari for iOS follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Go to Settings, then Safari.
- Go to Privacy and Security, you will see the Block Cookies option to adjust the type of blocking you prefer.
To manage cookie settings in Android devices follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Open the browser and press Menu, then the Settings button.
- Go to Security and Privacy, you will see the option Accept Cookies for you to activate or deactivate the box.
To manage cookie settings in Windows Phone devices follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Settings
- Now you can activate or deactivate the Allow cookies box.
Cookies used on this website
This website uses the following third-party cookies:
- Google Analytics: stores cookies for statistical analysis on the traffic and number of visits to this website and the language used. By using this website, you agree to Google processing data about you. Therefore, to exercise any right in this regard, you must communicate directly with Google. (E.g.: -APISID, CONSENT, HSID, NID, SID, _ga, _gat )
Disabling or deleting cookies
On the other hand, with regard to complements of external entities (such as, for example, the services of Google Inc) used on our web portal we recommend all users to access the privacy policies of each service provided for further information:
- Web browsers are the tools responsible for storing cookies and that is where you should exercise your right to delete or disable them. Neither this website nor its legal representatives may ensure the proper or improper handling of cookies by any of the above-mentioned browsers.
- In some cases, it is necessary to install cookies so that the browser does not forget your decision to reject them.
- In the case of cookies of Google Analytics, the company stores cookies on servers in the United States and agrees not to share data with third parties, except where necessary for the system operation or when required to do so by law. According to Google, it does not store your IP address. Google Inc. is a company that adheres to the Safe Harbour Agreement, which ensures that all data transferred shall be processed with a level of protection in accordance with European regulations.