A cookie is a harmless text file that is stored in your browser when you visit almost any website. The usefulness of cookie is that the website is able to remember your visit when you return to navigate this site. Although many people do not know, but cookies have been in use for 20 years, with the first browsers for the World Wide Web.
It is not a virus, a Trojan, a worm, spam or spyware, nor does it open pop-up windows.
Cookies do not usually store sensitive information about you, such as credit card or bank account information, photographs, your ID or personal information, etc. The data stored is technical, personal preferences, content customisation, etc.
The web server does not associate you as a person to your web browser. In fact, if you regularly browse with Internet Explorer and try to browse the same web page with Firefox or Chrome, you will see that the web page does not realize that you are the same person because it is actually associating with the browser, not the person.
Technical cookies: these are the most basic and make it possible, among other things, to find out when a human or an automated application is browsing, to find out when an anonymous user and a registered user are browsing and to conduct basic tasks for running any dynamic website.
Analytics cookies: these collect information about the type of browsing being performed, the sections that are most used, products consulted, time zone, language, etc..
Advertising cookies: these display advertising based on your browsing, your country of origin, language, etc.
First-party cookies are those generated by the current page and third-party cookies are generated by internal or external providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
To understand the scope from disabling cookies, here are some examples:
Yes. Not only can you delete them, you can also block them, in general or particular to a specific domain.
To delete cookies from a website, go to your browser’s settings, find those associated with the domain in question, and delete them.
Below we show you how to manage a particular cookie in Google Chrome. (Note: These steps may vary depending on the version of the browser)
To access the cookie settings in Internet Explorer follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):
To manage cookie settings in Firefox follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):
To manage cookie settings in Safari for iOS follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):
To manage cookie settings in Android devices follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):
To manage cookie settings in Windows Phone devices follow these steps (they may vary depending on the version of the browser):