¿What is a cookie?
A cookie is a harmless text file that is stored in your browser when almost any website is visited. The usefulness of a cookie is that your web will be able to remember the visit when you return to navigate through the same website. Although many people do not know it, cookies have been used for 20 years, when the first browsers for the World Wide Web appear.
¿What is not a cookie?
A cookie is neither a virus, a Trojan, a worm, a spyware nor opens windows pop-up.
¿What is stored in a cookie?
Cookies do not tend to store personal sensitive information, such as credit cards or bank details, photographs, ID number or personal information… The data stored in cookies are technical, personal preferences, content personalization…
The web server does not associate yourself with a person, but with your web browser. In fact, if you usually surf with Internet Explorer and try to surf through the same website with Firefox or Chrome, you will see that the web does not notice you are the same person, because it is actually associated with the browser and not with the person.
¿What kind of cookies do we use on Spain Immigration?
- Technical cookies: they are the most elementary ones and allow, among other things, to know when a human or an automatic application is surfing, when it is done by an anonymous user or a registered one, basic tasks for the functioning of any website…
- Analytical cookies: they collect information about the kind of navigation which is being done, the most used sections, consulted products, time zone of use, language…
- Advertising cookies: they show advertising depending on your navigation, country of origin, language…
¿What are the own cookies and the third-party cookies?
The own cookies are generated by the website you are consulting and the third-party cookies are generated by external services or suppliers such as Faceook, Twitter, Google…
¿What happens if cookies are deactivated?
Here you have some examples in order to understand the consequences of deactivating cookies:
- You will not be able to share content of that website on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
- The website will not be able to adapt the content to your personal preferences, for example in online stores.
- You wil not be able to access to the personal area of that website, for example My account, My profile or My Orders.
- Online stores: you will not be able to shop online. You will have to do it by telephone o going to the physical store if there the shop has one.
- You will not be able to personalize your geographical preferences, such as the time zone, foreign currency or language.
- The website will not be able to analyze the visitors and the traffic on the web, which will complicate the website to be competitive.
- You will not be able to post on your blog, upload photos, post comments, value or rate the content. Nor may the web know if you are human or an automatic application that posts spam.
- Sectorial advertising will not be able to be shown, which will reduce the advertising revenue of the website.
¿Can cookies be deleted?
Yes, you can not only delete cookies, but also block them, in a general o particular way, for a specific domain.
In order to delete cookies, you must go to to the settings of your browser, where you can search the ones associated to the domain in question and eliminate them.
Cookies settings of the most popular browsers
Here is how to access to a specific cookie of Google Chrome browser. Note: these steps may vary depending on the browser version:
1.Go to “Settings” or “Preferences” through the “File menu” or clicking on the personalization icon that appears at the top right of the screen.
- You will see different sections. Click on “Display advanced options”.
- Go to “Privacy” and then to “Content settings”.
- Select “All cookies and data sites”.
- A list of all the cookies ordered by domain will appear. In order to make eassier finding cookies of a specific domain, enter all or part of the address into the “Search cookies” field.
- After applying this filter, one or several lines with the cookies of the requested web will be shown. You only have to select it and click on the X to delete it.
To access to the cookies settings of the Internet Explorer browser, follow these steps (which may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to “Tools” and then to “Internet options”.
- Click on “Privacy”.
- Move the slider until adjusting the privacy level you wish.
To access to the cookies settings of the Firefox browser, follow these steps (which may vary depending on the browser vesion):
- Go to “Options” or “Preferences”, depending on your operating system.
- Click on “Privacy”
- In “History”, choose “Use personalized settings for the history”.
- You will see the “Accept cookies” option, which can be activated or deactivated, according to your preferences.
To access to the cookies settings of the Safari for OSX browser, follow these steps (which may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to “Preferences” and then to “Privacy”.
- You will see the “Block cookies” option to adjust the type of block you wish.
To access to the cookies settings of the Safari for iOS browser, follow these steps (which may vary depending on the browser version):
- Go to “Settings” and then to “Safari”.
- Go to “Privacy and Security”. Here you will see the “Block cookies” option to adjust the type of block you wish.
To access to the cookies settings of the browser for Android devices, follow these steps (which may vary depending on the browser version):
- Launch the browser and click on “Menu”, then on “Settings”.
- Go to “Security and Privacy”. Here you will see the “Accept cookies” option to activate or deactivate the check box.
To access to the cookies settings of the browser for Windows Phone devices, follow these steps (which may vary depending on the browser version):
- Open Internet Explorer, go to “More” and then to “Settings”.
- Now you can activate or deactivate the “Allow cookies” check box.