What are cookies?
Cookies and other similar technologies such as local shared objects, flash cookies or pixels are small files that some platforms, such as websites, may install into a user’s device (computer, tablet, Smartphone, etc.).
They may have various purposes: to store user navigation preferences, collect statistical data, allow certain technical capabilities… Sometimes, cookies are used for storing basic data on the navigation habits of the user or his/her device, to the point, depending on the case, of being able to recognize it.
Cookies are useful for various reasons. From a technical standpoint, they allow websites to work in a fashion that is smoother and customized to the user’s preferences, for instance, by storing the user language or currency. In addition, they help the WEBSITE OWNERS improve their services, thanks to the statistical information collected through them. Finally, they improve the efficiency of the advertisement we display which we use to offer our free services.
Cookies affected by the regulation and cookies that are exempt
According to the EU directive, cookies requiring informed consent by the user are analytical, advertising and affiliation cookies, except for those of technical nature and those that are necessary for the website´s functioning or for providing services that are expressly requested by the user.
What types of cookies are there?
There are different types of cookies.
On a first level, we can recognize the following:
- First-party Cookies: They belong to and are generated by the WEBSITE OWNER.
- Third-party Cookies: They belong to and are generated by third parties foreign to the owner.
These may be “session“, cookies, which will be deleted once the user leaves the website that generated said cookies, or “persisten“, which remain in the user’s device for a specific period of time that could extend to years.
Moreover, cookies can be classified by the purpose for which they were created:
- Technical and functional Cookies: They are strictly necessary for the use of the site and service provision.
- Analytical Cookies: Analytical cookies help us understand how users utilize our web. For instance, they are useful for counting the number of different people visiting our web or using a specific feature, instead of the total number of times the web or a feature is used. Without this cookie, if a user visits the web once a week for three weeks, we would count it as three different users. Without these cookies, analyzing and improving our web’s performance would be difficult.
- Customization Cookies: They allow the user to set the design, language, preferences, etc., of his/her browser.
- Advertising and Behavioral Cookies: They are used to efficiently manage advertising spaces included on a web or application from which the service is provided. They are useful for adapting offered advertisements to the users’ interests, as they collect information about their preferences. They are used in marketing techniques such as retargeting.
- Affiliate Cookies: They conduct the monitoring of visits coming from websites with whom an affiliation contract has been made.
- Social Interaction Cookies: These cookies are used for allowing users to share content directly on social media, such as Facebook, Twitter or Google+; for instance, when a user “likes” or “tweets” about a business or product that is advertised on our web.
Cookies used on our website
- _ga, _gat_gtag_UA_128391318_1, _gid: Persistent Analytical. Cookies from Google Analytics intended for web analysis.
- wp-settings-1: Customization cookie from WordPress intended for customizing the user interface. It expires within a year from the last update.
- wp-settings-time-1: Customization cookie from WordPress intended for customizing the user interface. It expires within a year from the last update.
- wp-settings-time-1: Customization cookie from WordPress intended for showing or not showing the cookies policy notice when accepted or not.
For more information on the purpose, management and configuration of third-party cookies, you may visit the websites of said third-parties.
How to eliminate cookies from the browser
- 1. You may restrict, block or delete cookies from our web (or any other web) by using your browser. Each browser functions differently. The Help function will show you how to do it.
- 2. Through third-party tools, such as Ghostery or Your online choices.
By disabling cookies on our website, you may decrease the web’s functionality, produce limitations on the browser o, in certain cases, even prevent navigation.