Cookies or data storage and retrieval devices are files sent by a website to users’ browsers that are automatically stored on their devices so that the website is able to check users’ previous browsing habits and “recognize them”.
Cookies are able to remember other kinds of personal information, such as a user’s password so that it does not have to be entered each time a website is visited, or user preferences as regards the configuration of a website (language, screen resolution, amongst others).
Cookies are essential for the Internet to work properly, as well as having many advantages in the provision of interactive services as they make browsing and using the Website easier. Cookies cannot harm your devices, and while they are enabled they help identify and solve errors.
In short, a cookie is simply a set of data about browsing habits that is stored on a user’s device and that websites detect and recognize so that they are able to “remember” that user’s browsing habits.
Further information is given below about the cookies used on the website. In particular, the following can be highlighted:
– Session cookies. These cookies are designed to collect and store data while a user is browsing a website and they are deleted once the session is over. The information obtained through these cookies serves to analyze Internet traffic patterns. Overall, this makes it possible to improve browsing experiences, enhance content and facilitate its use.
– Analytical cookies. They enable cookie managers to monitor and analyze the behavior of users on the websites to which they are linked.
This website uses both session cookies and analytical cookies to enhance its users’ browsing experience.
The following applications are used to obtain this information:
|Name of cookie||Cookie
|Purpose of cookie||Expiry date|
|Google Analytics||The cookie generates a unique user ID that records the date the user visits the website for the first time. It is used to count the number of visits the user makes to the website.||Lasts for 2 years|
|_utmb||Google Analytics||To find out the amount of time the user spends on the website||It expires 30 minutes from the last update.
It is deleted if the user goes to another website or ends the browser session.
|_utmc||Google Analytics||To find out how long the user’s visit to the website lasts, on which the urchin.js tracking code has been installed.||It expires at the end of the browser session.|
|_utmz||Google Analytics||It stores the visitor’s location and traffic source, whether using links or AdWords.||It expires after 6 months.
The cookie is updated every time the website is accessed.
Additional warranties – Cookie management
All Internet browsers enable users to restrict a cookie’s behavior or to disable cookies by changing a browser’s settings or options. The steps for doing so are different in every browser. You will find specific instructions in your browser’s help menu.
Depending on the browser used, the user may enable any of the following options to limit the scope of the cookies installed or the way they run:
– The private browsing option so that the browser history, passwords from websites, cookies and other information about the websites visited are not stored.
– The do-not-track function, whereby the browser requests that websites visited do not track browsing habits in order to, for example, post publicity that may be of interest to you on the websites you visit.
Depending on your browser, this private mode will have different names. Below you will find a list of the most popular browsers with a link to their version of this “private mode” where you can change your cookies settings”:
Internet Explorer 8 and above; InPrivate
Safari 2 and above; Private Browsing
Opera 10.5 and above; Private Browsing
FireFox 3.5 and above; Private Browsing
Google Chrome 10 and above; Incognito
If you wish to have greater control over the installation of cookies, you can install programs or add-ons, known as the do-not-track tool, which will enable you to choose the cookies you allow.