More information on cookies

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a harmless text file that is stored in your browser when you visit almost any web page so that the web is able to remind your visit when you browse again in that page. Many people ignore the fact that cookies are being used for almost 20 years, when the first browsers for the World Wide Web were put in place.

 

What a cookie IS NOT?

 It is not a virus, nor a Trojan horse, nor a worm, nor a spyware, and it does not open pop-up windows.

 

Which information is stored by a cookie?

Cookies usually do not store sensitive information concerning you, such as credit cards or banking details, photos, your ID card or personal information, etc. The data stored are of a technical nature, personal preferences, content personalization, etc.

The web browser does not recognize you as a person, it detects your web browser. In this sense, if you usually browse with Internet Explorer and you browse the same web with Firefox or Chrome you will realize that the web does not identify you since in fact it detects the browser, not the person.

 

What are the different types of cookies?

  • Technical cookies: it’s the most elementary kind of cookies. Said cookies entitle, among others, to differentiate between humans and automatic applications, basic tasks for a dynamic web.
  • Analysis cookies: they store information on the type of browsing you are carrying out, the sections that are more frequently used by you, the consulted products, the time slot of use, language, etc.
  • Advertising cookies: they display publicity based on your browsing, your country of use, the language used, etc.

What are first-party cookies and third parties’ cookies?

First-party cookies are those generated by the page you are visiting and third parties’ cookies are those generated by external services or suppliers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.

 

What are the consequences if you disable the cookies?

We detail hereunder a few examples so that you may understand the consequences:

  • You will not be able to share contents of the relevant web in Facebook, Twitter or in any other social media.
  • The web site will not be able to adapt the contents of the web to your personal preferences, as it usually happens in online stores.
  • You will not be able to enter the personal area of the web, such as My account, My profile or My commands.
  • Online stores: you will not be able to shop online and will need to do it by phone or by visiting the physical shop, when possible.
  • The web site will not be able to personalize your geographical preferences such as time slot, currency or language.
  • The web site will not be able to carry out analysis on the visitors and traffic of the web, which will affect the competitiveness of the web.
  • You will not be able to write in the blog, upload photos, publish comments, evaluate or punctuate contents. The web will not be able either to detect if you are a human or an automatic application that publishes spam.
  • Sectorial advertising may not be displayed, which may reduce the advertising profits of the web.
  • All social media use cookies, if you disable them you will not be able to use any social media.

May cookies be disabled?

Indeed. Not only disabled but also blocked, whether in general or for a given site.

In order to remove cookies from a web site you shall go to your browser settings where you will be able to search for those associated to a given site and disable them.

 

Configuration of cookies for the most popular browsers

We show you the way to access to a specific cookie from the browser Chrome. Note: the steps may vary depending on the version of the browser:

  1. Go to Settings or Preferences through the File menu or click the personalization icon located upside at the right.
  2. You will see different sections, click on the option Show advanced settings
  3. Go to Privacy, Content settings
  4. Select All the cookies and browsing data
  5. You will see all the cookies displayed by site. In order to find more easily the cookies associated to a given site you may introduce totally or partially the address of the site in the field Search cookies.
  6. You will now see one or several lines with the cookies associated to the site of reference. You shall now select it and click on X to remove them.

In order to access to the cookies’ settings from the browser Internet Explorer take the following steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Go to Tools, Internet options
  2. Go to Privacy
  3. You may now adjust the level of privacy

In order to access to the cookies’ settings from the browser Firefox take the following steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Go to Options or Preferences as may be required depending on your operational system
  2. Click on Privacy
  3. In History select Custom Settings
  4. You will now see the option Accept cookies, you may activate it or disable it depending on your preferences.

In order to access to the cookies’ settings from the browser Safari for OSX take the following steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Go to Preferences, and then to Privacy
  2. You will find the option Block cookies which allows you to block them in accordance with your preferences.

In order to access to the cookies’ settings from the browser Safari for iOS take the following steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Go to Settings, then to Safari
  2. Go to Privacy and Security, you will find the option Block cookies which allows you to block them in accordance with your preferences.

In order to access to the cookies’ settings from the browser for Android take the following steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Launch the browser and select Menu, then Settings
  2. Go to Privacy and Security, you will see the option Accept cookies which you may enable or disable

In order to access to the cookies’ settings from the browser for Windows Phone take the following steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Settings
  2. You may now enable or disable the box Allow cookies

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