What is a cookie?
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your device by a website you visit, containing details of your browsing preferences that might be useful on your next visit. Cookies make browsing easier, faster and more user-friendly.
Cookies do not damage your device and are safe for users given they only store the information users introduce in the browser, and cannot be used to access their device.
Which cookies do we use?
Types of cookies depending on their manager:
Our own cookies: these cookies are sent to the user’s device from a domain managed by the web editor, which is the same domain from where the service requested by the user is provided.
Types of cookies depending on the period of time they are activated:
Session cookies: these are cookies designed to collect and store information that is only useful to provide a service requested by the user in a given occasion, this way, these cookies will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
Persistent cookies: these are cookies that will be stored in the device by a web browser and will remain valid until its expiry date set by the manager of the cookie, ranging from a few minutes to several years.
Types of cookies depending on their purpose:
Technical cookies: these cookies allow the user to browse through the web page, and to use the several options or services existing in the website. They make it possible to control the web traffic and the data communication, to access some restricted access parts of the page, to use security elements during the browse, to storage contents for video or sound playing and to share content in the social networks.
Cookies for customization: these cookies allow the user to access the website service taking into account a set of criteria established in the user’s device, such as the language used in the system, the type of browser through which the user accesses the service and the regional settings of the place from where the user browses.
Analytical cookies: these cookies allow their manager to track and analyse users’ behaviour. The information collected is used to measure the activity level of the website and to elaborate browsing profiles of the users of the page, with the purpose of introducing improvements taking into account the analysis of the usage data.
These cookies, such as Google Analytics, allow us to get to know in depth how our website is used and to enhance it, allowing an optimisation of the experience users have on our web page. With the cookies, information is collected anonymously to create statistical reports, getting to know the level of visitors returning to our website and the contents users find more interesting. This way, we can focus in these areas so that users can find what they are looking for easily.
How to change the settings regarding cookies
You may allow, block, restrict or delete the cookies stored on your device through the settings or preferences menu of the browser you are accessing from. This way, you can see which cookies are installed on your browser, you can open them and read their content, although almost every time the information will be encrypted so that only the website that manages them can understand the content. All the browsers allow the user to manage cookies, although each browser is parameterized differently:
More information about managing cookies in Internet Explorer here.
More information about managing cookies in Chrome here.
More information about managing cookies in Firefox here.
More information about managing cookies in Safari here.
Bear in mind that blocking or deleting cookies may have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.