A cookie is a file or device downloaded onto the user's terminal equipment for the purpose of storing data which may be updated and recovered by the entity responsible for its installation. This means that they consist of a file that is downloaded onto a computer when accessing certain websites. Cookies allow a website to —among other things— store and recover information about the browsing habits of a user or their equipment for the purpose of recognising such user, depending on the information they contain.
Their main functions are:
There are several types of cookies depending especially on the purpose for which they are used. In this way, the following may be distinguished:
If the user wishes to obtain further information about cookies, the following website may be consulted http://www.aboutcookies.org/.
This section provides a short presentation of how to consult and carry out the cookie system configuration in relation to the most common or most widely used web browsers.
In this sense, practically all browsers allow the user to obtain general information about the cookies installed in a website and, specifically, to verify the existence thereof, their duration or system of deletion. In this sense, for information purposes, a set of related links is provided:
Also, the user may allow, block or delete cookies installed in their computer by modifying their browser configuration using the instructions indicated therein. For information purposes, indication is provided for locating the cookie configuration in the "Preferences" or "Tools" menu of each browser. In any case, the user may go to their browser's help tab to solve any queries regarding such matters.
It is convenient to take into account that blocking the installation of all cookies may affect the website content, as well as certain functions and services provided by it.