What is a cookie?
A cookie is a text file that is stored harmlessly in your browser when you visit almost any website. The usefulness of the cookie is for the website to be able to remember your visit next time you browse that page. Although many people do not know the cookies have been used since 20 years ago, when the first browser for the World Wide Web.
What IS NOT a cookie?
It is not a virus or a Trojan or a worm, or spam, no spyware, no pop-up window opens.
What information stores a cookie?
Cookies do not usually store sensitive information about you, such as credit card or bank account information, photographs, your identity card or personal information, etc. The data stored are technical, personal preferences, personalized content, etc.
The web server does not associate you as a person 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 that the web does not realize that you are the same person because it really is partnering with the browser, not the person.
What kind of cookies cookies exist?
- Technical Cookies: These are the most basic and allow, among other things, to know when you are navigating a human or an automated application, when an anonymous user navigates and one registered basic tasks for the operation of any dynamic web.
- Cookies for analysis: collect information on the type of navigation is performing, most used sections, products viewed, time slot of use, language, etc.
- Advertising Cookies: display advertising based on their navigation, their country of origin, language, etc.
What are their own and third-party cookies?
Own cookies are those generated by the page you are visiting and the third are those generated by internal or external providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
What happens if I disable cookies?
To understand the extent you may have if you disable cookies we show some examples:
- You can not share content from that page on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
- The web site will not adapt content to your personal preferences, as often happens in the online stores.
- You can not access the personal area of the web, such as My Account, My OMIS profile or orders.
- Online shopping: It will be impossible to make purchases online, you would have to call or visiting the physical store if they have one.
- It will not be possible to customize your geographic preferences as time zone, currency or language.
- The web site will not perform web analytics on visitors and web traffic, making it difficult to be competitive anywhere.
- You may not blogging, you can not upload photos, post comments, value or rate content. The web may not know whether you are a human or an automated application that publishes spam.
- No section can display advertising, which will reduce advertising revenue on the web.
Can I delete cookies?
Yes. Not only remove, also block, general or partially to a specific domain.
To remove cookies from a website you should go to your browser settings and there you can find the associated domain in question and proceed to its elimination.
Cookie settings for popular browsers
Here’s how to access a particular cookie Chrome browser. Note: These steps may vary depending on the browser version:
- Go to Settings or Preferences using the File menu or by clicking the icon customization that appears top right.
- You will see different sections, click the Show Advanced Options.
- Go to Privacy, Settings content.
- Select all cookies and site data.
- A list of all cookies ordered by domain will appears. To make it easier to find the cookies of a specific domain partially or fully enter the address in the field Search Cookies.
- After making this filter it will appear on the screen one or more lines with the cookies of the requested Web. Now just select it and press X to proceed with removal.
To access the cookie settings in Internet Explorer follow these steps (may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Go to Tools, Internet Options.
- Click on Privacy.
- Move the slider to adjust the level of privacy you want.
To access settings Firefox browser cookies follow these steps (may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Go to Options or Preferences for your operating system.
- Click o Privacy.
- In History select Use custom settings for history.
- Now you will see the Accept Cookies, you can enable or disable your preference.
To access the cookies settings of the Safari browser OSX follow these steps (may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to Settings, then Privacy.
- Here you can see the option Block cookies to fit the type of lock to perform.
To access the cookies settings of the Safari browser for iOS follow these steps (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 fit the type of lock to perform.
To access the browser cookies settings for Android devices follow these steps (may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Run the browser and press Menú, then Settings button.
- Go to Security and Privacy, you will see the option Accept cookies to activate or deactivate the box.
To access the browser cookie settings for Windows Phone devices follow these steps (may vary depending on the version of the browser):
- Open Internet Explorer, then More, then Sttings.
- Now you can enable or disable the Allow cookies.