What are cookies?
A cookie is a file or device that is downloaded to a user’s terminal to store data that may be updated and retrieved by the entity responsible for its installation. That is to say, a file that is downloaded to their computer when they access certain websites. Cookies allow a website, among other things, to store and retrieve information about the browsing habits of a user or their devices and, depending on the information contained and how devices are used, cookies can be used to recognise the user.
Their main functions are:
- Recognising users: when a user enters their username and password, a cookie is stored so that they do not have to keep entering them on each page of the server. However, a cookie does not identify only one person, but a combination of computer-browser-user.
- Obtaining information about the user’s browsing habits, and spyware attempts by advertising agencies and others. This may cause privacy problems and is one of the reasons why cookies have their detractors.
There are different types of cookies depending mainly on the purpose for which they are used, which include some of the following:
Analysis cookies: these cookies are used to carry out an analysis of the behaviours and actions of the users of the website, as well as for the preparation of browsing profiles in order to make technical improvements to operation and service.
Advertising cookies: these allow an efficient management of advertising spaces based on a series of criteria, for example, to verify if the user has already had access to a news item or not and to update it with a new one.
Behavioural advertising cookies: these cookies are responsible for storing information about users’ own behaviour, focusing on their browsing habits. This establishes user profiles according to a user’s behaviour and uses them to personalise any advertising they may see.
If the user wishes to obtain more information about cookies, they may consult the following website http://www.aboutcookies.org/.
What kind of cookies does this website use?
Specifically, this website uses the following cookies:
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How to manage the configuration of cookies?
This section contains a brief overview of how to consult and set up cookie systems in relation to the most commonly-used browsers.
In this sense, practically all browsers allow the user to obtain general information about the cookies installed on a website, verify the existence of them, their duration or the deletion system. Please use the following links for this purpose:
Meanwhile, the user may enable, disable or delete the cookies installed on their devices by modifying the configuration of their browser according to the indicated instructions. Cookies are usually configured in the “Preferences” or “Tools” menu of each browser. In any case, you may always use the “Help” section of your browser to clear up any doubts you may have.
It is important to bear in mind that if the installation of all cookies is disable, the content of the website and certain functionalities and services provided by it may be affected.