A cookie is a text file that is stored on a computer or mobile device by means of a Web server and only such server will be able to retrieve or read the contents in the cookie that allow the WEBSITE to recall surfing preferences and enhance surfing efficiency. Cookies make interaction between user and website easier and faster.
How do Cookies work?
Cookies can only contain text, generally anonymous and coded. They do not store personal data of any kind, neither can they be associated to any specific identified or likely to be identified person. Cookie’s data allow the website to keep information between pages and also to analyse the way you interact with the website. Cookies are safe since they can only contain the information that the surfer saves in them, information entered by the user or included in page requests. They cannot execute any codes or be used to access your computer. If a website encrypts cookies information, such information can only be read by that website.
What kind of cookies do we use?
The cookies used by this website can be classified according to the following criteria:
1. Types of cookies according to their managing entity:
Depending on the entity that manages the domain or equipment where cookies are sent from and manages the collected data, we may distinguish:
- Own cookies: These cookies are sent to the user’s device from a domain or device managed by the editor himself and from which the service requested by the user is provided.
- Third party cookies: These cookies are sent to the user’s terminal device from a domain or device that is not managed by the editor, but by other entity that manages the data obtained by means of the cookies.
In the case that the cookies are installed from a device or domain managed by the editor himself but the information collected is managed by a third party, they cannot be considered as own cookies.
2. Types of cookies depending on the period of time that they remain active:
According to the period of time that cookies remain active in a device we may distinguish:
- Session cookies: These cookies have been designed to collect and store data while the user is browsing a website. They are generally used to save data that are only relevant for the provision of the services requested by the user on one occasion (for instance, a list of purchased products).
- Persistent cookies: These cookies can save data on a device for a period of time that may be as long as the cookie designer determines, which may be a few minutes or several years.
3. Types of cookies depending on their function:
Depending on the final purpose of the data collected by the cookies, we may distinguish:
- Technical cookies: These are cookies that allow the user to browse a website, platform or application and use the different options and services in it, like, for instance, controlling the traffic and data communications, identifying the session, entering restricted areas, retrieving the items in an purchase order, proceeding with a purchase operation, completing a subscription form or taking part in an event, using surfing safety elements, saving contents for the diffusion of videos or sound files or sharing contents through social networks.
- Custom cookies: These cookies allow the users to access services according to some general features that are predetermined and affect a number of criteria on the users’ device, like, for instance, language, surfer type, regional configuration where the service is accessed from, etc.
- Analytic cookies: These cookies allow the person responsible for them to track down and analyse the users’ behaviour on the websites they are associated to. The data collected by this type of cookies is used to measure the activity on websites, application or platform and to create user-surfing profiles in order to improve the website according to the analysis of such usage data.
Cookie management tool
This website uses Google Analytics.
Google Analytics is a free analysis Google tool that mainly allows website owners to know how users interact with their website. Likewise, it also enables cookies on the site domain that you visit and uses a set of cookies to anonymously collect data and produce trend reports on websites without identifying individual users.
How to handle cookies on your device: disabling and clearing cookies
Every surfer application provides options to restrict cookies behaviour or disable them. The setting up process is different in each surfer. The surfing application’s help menu should contain instructions on the steps to follow.
- For more information either about Internet Explorer click here or on how to block, enable or allow cookies click here.
- For more information either about Chrome click here.
- For more information either about Safari click here.
- For more information either about Firefox click here.
You may also use your surfer to check the cookies that are already installed on your device and remove them if you wish so. Cookies are text files, you may open them and read their content. They most often contain numerically encrypted data that correspond to a surfing session that generally only makes sense for the website that generated them.