What are cookies and why do we use them on the web?
A cookie is a file that is downloaded to the user’s device when accessing certain web pages to store and retrieve information about the navigation that is made from that computer.
Cookies allow this website, among other things, to store and retrieve information about the user’s decisions and habits.
What type of cookies does the website use?
Cookies, depending on how long they remain enabled, can be divided into session or permanent cookies. The only type of cookies used by this website are:
- Session cookies: Designed to collect and store data while the user accesses the website. They are usually used to store information that only interests you, to keep for the provision of the service requested by the user on a single occasion (e.g. a list of products purchased).
- Persistent cookies: They are a type of cookies in which the data are still stored in the terminal and can be accessed and processed for a period defined by the person responsible for the cookie, and that can range from a few minutes to several years.
Finally, as for the purpose, the type of cookies used by the website are:
- Technical cookies: allow the user to browse through a website, platform or application and use the different options or services that exist in it, such as controlling traffic and data communication, identifying the session, accessing parts of restricted access, remembering the elements that make up an order, making the process of purchasing an order, making the request for registration or participation in an event, using security elements during navigation, storing content for the broadcasting videos or sound or sharing content through social networks.
- Analysis cookies: Those that allow the person responsible for them, the monitoring and analysis of the behavior of the users of the websites to which they are linked. The information collected through this type of cookies is used with the aim of analyzing the source of the traffic that reaches the website, analyzing and studying such data in order to apply them and have a better positioning, and collect some browsing data or fields filled in by the same user.
- __utmt: Used to limit the percentage of requests.
- __utmc: Not used in ga.js. Configured to interact with urchin.js. Previously, this cookie acted in conjunction with the cookie __utmb to determine if the user was in a new session or visit.
How to disable cookies in the browser?
Most browsers currently allow the user to configure if they want to accept cookies and which ones. These settings are usually found in the ‘Options’ or ‘Preferences’ menu of your browser.
Here are the instructions for setting cookies in the main browsers:
- Chrome: Settings – Show advanced options – Privacy – Content settings. For more information, you can consult Google support or browser Help.
- Firefox: Tools – Options – Privacy – History – Custom Settings. For more information, you can consult Mozilla support or browser Help.
- Internet Explorer: Tools – Internet Options – Privacy – Settings. For more information, you can consult Microsoft support or browser Help.
- Safari: Preferences – Security. For more information, you can consult Apple support or browser Help.