What exactly is a cookie?
A cookie is an innocuous file that is downloaded to your machine when you visit those websites. Cookies allow a website to store and retrieve information about a user’s or your computer’s browsing habits, among other things. There are cookies that collect information about the number of pages visited, the city to which the IP address used to access the site is allocated, the number of new users, the frequency and recurrence of visits, the time of visit, the browser, the operator, or the type of terminal used to access the site. A cookie is not a virus, Trojan, worm, spam, or spyware, and it does not open pop-up windows.
What information is contained in a cookie?
Cookies seldom store confidential details about you, such as credit card or bank account numbers, photos, your ID or personal information, and so on. They hold data of a technological nature, personal interests, material personalization, and so on. The web server identifies you with your web browser rather than with you as an individual. In reality, if you regularly search the web with Internet Explorer and then attempt to browse the same web with Firefox or Chrome, you will notice that the web does not recognize you as the same user because it is associating the browser, not the person.
What happens if you turn off cookies?
Here are a few examples:
You will not be allowed to post the website’s content on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social network.
If you leave a message, the website will not save your information and you will have to enter it again if you want to leave another comment.
The website would be unable to conduct web analytics on visitors and web traffic, making it difficult to provide material of interest to you.
The web would also be unable to determine whether you are a person or an automated program that publishes spam.
No ads can be displayed, reducing the website’s advertising revenue and, as a result, the quality of its content.
What kinds of cookies do this website use?
Technical cookies are the most basic and enable you to know when a person or an automatic application is browsing, when an anonymous user and a registered user are browsing, and other important tasks for the operation of any dynamic website.
Analysis cookies: They gather information about the type of navigation you use, the sections you visit the most, the recipes you consult, the time zone you use, the language you use, and so on.
Advertising cookies: They display advertisements based on your browsing history, country of origin, language, and so on.
When you browse this website, your own cookies will be installed, which are those that are sent to the user’s terminal equipment from a device or domain controlled by the editor and from which the user’s requested service is delivered. They are the ones installed by WordPress, the content management system I use to build the blog.
Cookies from third parties
They are cookies sent to the user’s terminal equipment from a device or domain that is not handled by me, but by another organization that processes data obtained via cookies. Among the third-party cookies were the Google Analytics analytics cookies, which were used to help the website analyze the use of it and enhance your user experience, but they were never associated with data that could distinguish you. They hold data of a technological nature, personal interests, material personalization, and so on. The web server identifies you with your web browser rather than with you as an individual. More information about the privacy policies of each of the solutions used for this reason can be found here:
- How Google makes use of the information gathered on websites
- Google (Analytics): Privacy Policies for Google Analytics (if you wish, you can disable Google Analytics tracking through this browser add-on offered by Google )
As a user, you can refuse the treatment of data or information by blocking these cookies using the required browser configuration. However, you should be aware that doing so can cause this site to malfunction. If you continue to browse, I’ll assume you consent to its use. You may configure your browser to be alerted when cookies are received on your account, or you can disable the ability to store these cookies if you prefer. The following links will take you to details about how to handle cookies in the most common browsers:
Internet Explorer 8 and later: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies
Apple Support: http://support.apple.com/kb/ph5042
Opera’s support page is here: http://help.opera.com/Windows/12.00/es-ES/cookies.html.