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What is a cookie?

A cookie is a harmless text file that is stored in your browser when you visit almost any web page. The usefulness of the cookie is that the web is able to remember your visit when you navigate through that page. Although many people do not know the cookies have been used for 20 years, when the first browsers appeared for the World Wide Web.

What is NOT a cookie?

It is not a virus, nor a Trojan, nor a worm, nor spam, nor spyware, nor opens pop-up windows.

What information does a cookie store?

Cookies do not usually store sensitive information about you, such as credit cards or bank details, photographs, your ID or personal information, etc. The data they keep are of a technical nature, personal preferences, personalization of contents, etc.

The web server does not associate you as a person if not to your web browser. In fact, if you regularly surf with Internet Explorer and try browsing the same web with Firefox or Chrome you will see that the web does not realize that you are the same person because you are actually associating the browser, not the person.

What kind of cookies are there?

Your own cookies are those generated by the page you are visiting and those of third parties are those generated by external services or providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.

What happens if I turn cookies off?

Can cookies be deleted?

Yes. Do not just delete, also block, in a general or particular way for a specific domain.

To remove cookies from a website you must go to the configuration of your browser and there you can search for those associated with the domain in question and proceed to its elimination.

Cookies configuration for more polular browsers.

Here’s how to access a specific cookie from the Chrome browser. Note: These steps may vary depending on your browser version:

  1. Go to Settings or Preferences using the File menu or by clicking the customization icon at the top right.
  2. You will see different sections, click Show advanced options.
  3. Go to Privacy, Content Settings.
  4. Select All cookies and site data.
  5. A list with all the cookies sorted by domain will appear. To make it easier for you to find the cookies for a particular domain, enter the address in the Search for cookies field in whole or in part.
  6. After this filter will appear on the screen one or more lines with the cookies of the requested web. Now you just have to select it and press the X to proceed to its elimination.

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

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

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

  1. Go to Options or Preferences depending on your operating system.
  2. Click on Privacy.
  3. In History choose Use a custom settings for history.
  4. You will now see the Accept cookies option, you can activate or deactivate it according to your preferences.

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

  1. Go to Preferences, then Privacy.
  2. In this place you will see the Block cookies option to adjust the block type that you want to perform.

To access the Safari for iOS browser settings , follow these steps (they may vary depending on the browser version):

  1. Go to Settings, then Safari.
  2. Go to Privacy and Security, you will see the Block Cookies option to adjust the type of block you want to perform.

To access your browser’s cookie settings for Android devices follow these steps (they may vary depending on your browser version):

  1. Run the browser and press the Menu key, then Settings.
  2. Go to Security and Privacy, you will see the Accept cookies option to enable or disable the check box.

To access browser cookies settings for Windows Phone devices follow these steps (they may vary depending on your browser version):

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

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