What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that is stored in your browser when you visit almost any web page. Its value is that the web is able to remember your visit when you browse that page again. Cookies usually store technical information, personal preferences, content personalization, usage statistics, links to social networks, access to user accounts, etc. The objective of the cookie is to adapt the content of the web to your profile and needs; without cookies the services offered by any web page would reduce significantly.
What kind of cookies are there?
Concerning the issuing entity
- Owned or third-party cookies: owned cookies are managed from the domain of the same Publisher; third-party cookies are managed by another entity outside the publisher.
Concerning the duration
Persistent and session cookies: in a session cookie, the registered information can only be used during the time the user browses the website, while persistent cookies are stored continuously for a certain time in order to be able to access to them later.
Concerning the objective
Technical, personalization, analysis or advertising cookies: A technical cookie is one intended to monitor traffic as well as data communication. A personalization cookie fulfills the objective of offering a personalized experience to the user, for example in terms of language. Analytical cookies aim to know user behavior on the web. Advertising type cookies have the task of collecting information related to advertising spaces on the web.
Cookie settings for the most popular browsers
Next, we show you how to access a specific cookie from the Chrome browser. Note: these steps may vary depending on the version of the browser:
- Go to Settings or Preferences through the File menu or by clicking on the personalization icon that appears at the top right.
- You will see different sections, click Show Advanced Options.
- Go to Privacy, Content Settings.
- Select All cookies and site data.
- A list will appear with all the cookies ordered by domain. To make it easier for you to find the cookies of a certain domain, enter the address partially or totally in the Search cookies field.
- After performing this filter, one or several lines will appear on the screen with the cookies from the requested website. Now you just have to select it and press the X to delete it.
To access the cookie settings of the Internet Explorer browser, follow these steps (they 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 (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 option Accept Cookies; you can activate or deactivate it according to your preferences.
To access the cookie settings of the Safari browser for OSX, follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to Preferences, then Privacy.
- Here you will see the option Block Cookies so that you can adjust the type of blocking you want to perform.
To access the cookie settings of the Safari browser for iOS, follow these steps (they 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 the browser cookie settings for Android devices, follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):
- Launch the browser and press the Menu key, then Settings.
- Go to Security and Privacy, you will see the option Accept Cookies to enable or disable it.
To access the cookie settings of the browser for Windows Phone devices, follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):
- Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Settings
- Now you can enable or disable the Allow Cookies box.