I – What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer or smart phone when you use some Web sites, computer programs or mobile applications (“sites”, in general). They carry information these sites need to provide you with their services, improve navigation, set preferences, target advertising, and more. Learn more about cookies in Wikipedia.
II – Types of cookies
There are different ways to classify the cookies, and the same cookie can receive different classifications, depending on how they are created and used. Please note that these categories are not always standard, and other sites may use different classifications.
1 – According the duration of the cookie.
a) Session cookies – They last only during a browsing session, and expire when the user closes the browser window. It’s used, by instance, to remember what a user has put in their shopping basket. They are considered less intrusive than other types of cookies.
b) Persistent cookies – They are stored on a users’ device in between browser sessions , and can last for an indefinite number of days, set by the Web site that creates the cookie. It can be used to remember user preferences for future visits or for targeted advertising, for example. The intrusiveness of this type of cookies depend on if it’s used by the same site or a third party, and what it is used for.
2 – According the cookie origin
a) First party cookies – When the web site who sets the cookie is the same that the user is visiting .
b) Third party cookies – When the cookie is placed by other Web site than the one being visited, that collects the information to provide visitors with their own services or track users in the host site.
3 – According the the cookie usage
a) Technical cookies – Allow the user to navigate through a site and use any of its existing options or services, for example, control traffic and data communication, identify the session, restrict access to some pages, remember the elements of an order, make the buying process of an order, use a personal members’ area, use the security features while browsing, content storage for videos or electronic sound or share content via social networks. Some of these cookies are considered “strictly necessary cookies”, because it would be impossible to use the site without them.
b) Personalization Cookies – allow users to customize the operation of a web site (eg, languages, styles, browser, etc).
c) Analytical cookies – Monitor the behavior of users on a website, and create statistics that can be used to tailor information to them, in order to improve services and content.
d) Advertising Cookies – Allow the effective management of advertising space offered by the site.
e) Targeting cookies – Store information of the users’ behavior through the continuous observation of their browsing habits, sometime across multiple sites. They’re usually placed by third-party sites that offer some kind of service in return. A classical example are the “social buttons” that allow the interaction of a site with social networks like Facebook, Google Plus or twitter.
At this moment we’re placing the following cookies in your computer:
Our cookies do NOT store your personal information like name, address or email. You can withdraw the consent you give to us to store cookies in your computer at any time by configuring your Web browser properly (see how to do it in section IV). You still can navigate by our site without these cookies, although some services might not work properly without them.
IV – How to manage cookies
You can choose to disable or selectively turn off cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings. You’ll find more information about this in the help menu of your browser, but you also can find more information on how to configure cookies the most used browsers on the links below:
However, this may affect how you are able to interact with many websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as accessing your member’s area .
We suggest you to enable DoNotTrack, after installing a compatible browser. It will improve your privacy by limiting the way some targeting cookies are processed by your browser. More information in http://donottrack.us.
V – Conclusion
Although we make our best to inform you cookies and our policies, you’re the ultimate responsible for your own privacy and security. Please try to learn more about this subject and create your own safe navigation habits.