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What is a cookie?

A cookie is an harmless text file that is stored in your browser when you visit almost any web page. The use of a cookie is for the web to be able to remember your visit the next time you visit that page. Although not many people know, cookies have been used for twenty years, when the first web browsers for the World Wide Web appeared.

What IS NOT a cookie?

It is not a virus or a Trojan , not a worm, or spam or spyware, or open pop -up windows.

What information does a cookie store?

Cookies usually do not store sensitive information about you, like credit cards or bank data, photographs, your ID or personal information, etc. Stored data are often technical, personal preferences, contents customization, etc.

The web server does no associate you, but your web browser. In fact, if you usually browse with Internet Explorer and try browsing the same web with Firefox or Chrome, you will see haow the web does not realize that you are the same person because it’s actually associated to the browser, not to the person.

What type of cookies exist?

What are own cookies and third party cookies?

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

What happens if I disable cookies?

To understand the scope that disabling cookies may have, we show you some examples:

Can cookies be removed?

Yes, they can. Not only be removed, but blocked in a general or specific way in a specific domain.

To remove the cookies from a web site you must go to the configuration of your browser and search the ones associated to the domain and remove them.

The following shows how to access a specific cookie in Chrome web browser. Note: these steps may vary depending on the version of the browser:

  1. Go to Configuration or Preferences via the File menu or the customization icon in the upper right.
  2. You will see different sections, click the option Show advanced options.
  3. Go to Privacy, Content Configuration.
  4. Select All the cookies and sites data.
  5. There will be a list of all the cookies ordered by domai. In order for it to be easier to find cookies from an specific domain, type the address in the Search field.
  6. After doing this filter, one or more lines will be displayed with the cookies from the requested web. Now you just have to select and remove them.

To access the configuration of the cookies in the Internet Explorer browser, follow these steps (may vary depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Go to Tools, Internet Options
  2. Click on Privacy.
  3. Move the slipper until adjust the level that you want.

To access the configuration of the cookies in the Firefox browser, follow these steps (may vary depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Go to Options or Preferences, depending on your operative system.
  2. Click on Privacy.
  3. In History choose Use custom configuration.
  4. Now you will see the option Accept cookies, you can enable or disable it depending on your preferences.

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

  1. Go to Preferences, Privacy.
  2. Here you will see the option Block Cookies to adjust the type of block that you wish to do.

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

  1. Go to Settings, Safari.
  2. Go to Privacy and Security, you will see the option Block Cookies to adjust the type of block that you wish to do.

To access the configuration of the cookies in the browser for Android devices, follow these steps (may vary depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Run your browser and press the Menu key, then Settings.
  2. Go to Security and Privacy, you will see the option Accept cookies for it to be enabled or disabled.

To access the configuration of the cookies in the browser for Windows Phone devices, follow these steps (may vary depending on the version of the browser):

  1. Run Internet Explorer, then More, then Configuration
  2. Now you can enable or disable the Allow cookies box.

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