Cookies are small data files received by the terminal from the website visited and are used to record certain navigation interactions on a website by storing data that can be updated and retrieved. These files are stored on the user's computer and contain anonymous data that is not harmful to the system. They are used to remember the user's preferences, such as the language selected, the access data or the personalization page. Cookies are safe as they can only store information that was put in place by the browser, which is information that the user has entered into the browser or that is included in the page request. They cannot execute code and cannot be used to access your computer.
Types of Cookies
Depending on who manages them:>
Own cookies: are those sent and managed by a computer or domain of the editor of the website that is being visited. Third party cookies: are those sent and managed by a third party that is not the web editor itself, when they come from another server. For example, those used by social networks, or by external content such as Google Maps.
Depending on the purpose for which the data obtained from them are processed.
Technical cookies: they allow the user to navigate through a web page and use the different options or services that exist there, such as, for example, controlling the traffic, identify the user's session, access restricted parts, remember the elements that make up an order, make the request for registration or participation in a event, use security elements during navigation, store content for video or sound broadcasting or share content through social networks.
Personalisation cookies: These are cookies that allow you to access the service with predefined characteristics according to a series of criteria, such as the language, the type of browser used to access the service, the regional configuration from which the service is accessed, etc.
Analysis Cookies: These allow us to quantify the number of users and thus to measure and statistically analyse the use made by users of services provided and on that basis also implement design and speed improvements.
Behavioral advertising cookies: are those that store information about the behavior of users obtained through continuous observation of their browsing habits, allowing the development of a specific profile to display advertising in function of the same.
Depending on the expiration date
Session Cookies: These are temporary cookies that remain in the browser's cookie file until you leave the website. It is usually used to analyze web traffic patterns. Ultimately, this allows for a better experience to be provided to improve content and ease of use.
Permanent cookies: they are stored in the terminal and are read by the website each time it is pays another visit. Despite its name, a permanent Cookie has a set expiration date. The Cookie will stop working after that date which can range from a few minutes to several years. They are generally used to facilitate the various services offered by websites.
Cookies used from third parties:>
_ga, __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz, __utmv: Cookies associated with Google Analytics. They allow to distinguish the different users of the web. They expire after two years.
Set or disable cookies:>
All Internet browsers allow you to limit the behaviour of a Cookie or disable Cookies within the settings or options of the browser. The steps to do this are different for each browser, and instructions can be found in the help menu of your browser. In the following links you have at your disposal all the information to configure or disable Cookies in each browser: