What is a cookie?
A cookie is a harmless file that is downloaded to your computer when you access certain web pages. Cookies allow a web page, among other things, to store and retrieve information about the browsing habits of a user or their equipment and, depending on the information they contain and the way they use their equipment. Thus, there are cookies that obtain information related to the number of pages visited, the city to which the IP address from which it is accessed is assigned, the number of new users, the frequency and recurrence of visits, the time of visit, the browser, the operator or the type of terminal from which the visit is made.
What is NOT a cookie?
It is not a virus, not a Trojan, not a worm, not spam, not spyware, nor does it open 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 is of a technical nature, personal preferences, personalization of content, etc. The web server does not associate you as a person but rather with your web browser. In fact, if you regularly browse with Internet Explorer and try to browse the same web with Firefox or Chrome, you will see that the web does not realize that you are the same person because it is actually associating the browser, not the person.
What happens if I disable cookies?
So that you understand the scope that deactivating cookies can have, we show you some examples:
You will not be able to share content from that website on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
The website will not be able to adapt the content to your personal preferences, as is often the case in online stores.
Online stores: It will be impossible for you to make purchases online, they will have to be by phone or by visiting the physical store if it has one.
It will not be possible to customize your geographical preferences such as time zone, currency or language.
The website will not be able to perform web analytics on visitors and traffic on the web, which will make it difficult for the web to be competitive.
You could not write in a blog, nor could you upload photos, post comments, rate or rate content. The web will also not be able to know if you are a human or an automated application that publishes spam.
What types of cookies are there?
Types of cookies according to the entity that manages the computer or domain from where the cookies are sent and treats the data obtained, we can distinguish:
Mandatory cookies: These are those that are sent to the user’s terminal equipment from a computer or domain managed by the editor itself and from which the service requested by the user is provided.
Third-party cookies: These are those that are sent to the user’s terminal equipment from a computer or domain that is not managed by the editor, but by another entity that processes the data obtained through cookies.
In the event that cookies are installed from a computer or domain managed by the editor himself but the information collected through them is managed by a third party, they cannot be considered as own cookies. In addition, browsers can also allow users to view and delete cookies individually. You have more information about Cookies at: Wikipedia
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