What are cookies?
A ‘cookie’ is a harmless file containing a string of characters that is sent to and automatically stored on your computer when you visit a website. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to “remember” certain entries and settings so you do not have to set these again each time you visit the website and navigate on it.
Although many people are not aware of it, cookies have been used since 20 years ago when the first World Wide Web browsers appeared.
What are cookies NOT?
Cookies are not viruses, or Trojans, or worms, or spam, or spyware or pop-up windows.
What information does a cookie store?
Cookies do not usually store sensitive information about you, such as credit card or bank details, photographs, your ID or personal information, etc. The stored data are technical, about personal preferences, content customization, etc.
The web server does not associate with you as a person, but rather with your web browser. In fact, if you usually browse with Internet Explorer and try to navigate on the same website with Firefox or Chrome you will see that the website does not realize that you are the same person because you are actually linking to the browser, not the person.
Types of cookies
Technical and operational cookies: these are cookies that are required for the operation of a website (e.g., to enable you to log-in to secure areas of our websites or use a shopping cart). These technical cookies are absolutely necessary for the website to function properly.
Analytical cookies: these cookies collect information about how visitors use and interact with a website, for instance which pages you have viewed, time zone, country, etc.
Advertising cookies: these cookies are used to offer more relevant content to users, based on your browsing habits, preferred language or location, etc.
Third-Party Cookies vs First-Party Cookies
First-party cookies come are those generated from the website that you are viewing while third-party cookies come from external providers, for instance advertisement networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.
What happens if I disable cookies?
Blocking cookies might limit your experience on some websites, for instance:
> You may not share content from the website on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network.
> The website will not be able to adapt its content to your personal preferences.
> You will not be able to access your personal area of the website, such as My account, My profile, or My orders.
> Online shopping: It will be impossible for you to make purchases online; they will have to be made by telephone or by visiting the physical shop if one exists.
> It will not be possible to customize your geographical preferences such as time zone, currency or language.
> The website will not be able to perform web analysis on visitors and web traffic, making it difficult for the website to be competitive.
> You will not be able to blog, upload photos, post comments, rate or rate content. The website will also not be able to check whether you are a human or an automated application which publishes spam.
Can cookies be removed?
Absolutely. Cookies can not only be removed, but also blocked. It is possible to delete all cookies stored on your computer or cookies from a specific website.
To remove the cookies from a specific website you have to go your browser’s settings and search for the undesired cookies and proceed to its elimination. There is no one standardized way to remove cookies since different browsers clear cookies using different procedures.
Cookies setting for the most popular browsers
Here’s how to access cookie settings in the Google Chrome browser.
Note: these steps may vary depending on the version of the browser:
1.Go to ‘Settings’ or ‘Preferences’ using the File menu or by clicking on the customization icon which appears above on the right.
2. You will see different sections, click on ‘Show advanced options’.
3. Go to ‘Privacy’, ‘Content Settings’.
4. Select ‘All cookies and site data’.
5. A list of all cookies, ordered by website, will appear. To make it easier to find the cookies of a specific website, partially or fully, enter the address in the Search cookies field.
6. After applying this filter, one or more lines with the requested web cookies will appear. Now you just have to select them and click the X bottom to proceed with its elimination.
To access cookie settings in the Internet Explorer browser, follow these steps (these steps may vary depending on the version of the browser):
1.Go to ‘Tools’, ‘Internet Options’.
2. Click on ‘Privacy.’
3. Move the scroll bar to adjust the level of privacy that you desire.
To access cookie settings in the Firefox browser follow these steps (these steps may vary depending on the version of the browser):
1. Go to ‘Options’ or ‘Preferences’, depending on your version.
2. Click on ‘Privacy’.
3. In ‘History’ choose ‘Use custom settings for history’.
4. Now you will see the ‘Accept cookies’ option. You can enable or disable it according to your preferences.
To access cookie settings in the Safari browser for OSX operating system follow these steps (these steps may vary depending on the version of the browser):
1. Go to ‘Preferences’, then ‘Privacy’.
2. Here you will see the ‘Block cookies’ option to adjust the type of block you wish to perform.
To access cookie settings in the Safari browser for iOS browser follow these steps (these steps may vary depending on the version of the browser):
1. Go to ‘Settings’, then ‘Safari’.
2. Go to ‘Privacy and Security’. You will see the ‘Block cookies’ option to adjust the type of blockage you wish to perform.
To access cookie settings in the browser for Android devices follow these steps (these steps may vary depending on the version of the browser):
1. Run the browser and click on ‘Menu’, then ‘Settings’.
2. Go to ‘Security and Privacy’. You will see the ‘Accept cookies’ option to enable or disable the check box.
To access cookie settings in the browser for Windows Phone devices follow these steps (these steps may vary depending on the version of the browser):
1. Open ‘Internet Explorer’, go to ‘More’ and then to ‘Settings’.
2. You can enable or disable the ‘Allow cookies’ check box.
Cookies used in this website
SKYOT website uses Google Analytics, a statistical analysis of page use service developed by Google, which lets you measure how users interact with this website content.
Google Analytics sets four cookies automatically, including first-party cookies, session cookies and analytic cookies. You can find more information and disable the use of these cookies in www.google.es/intl/es/analytics/privacyoverview.html
Via web analysis you can gather tracking information related to the number of user visits you receive, the frequency and recurrence of visits, the length of the visit, the browser you use, the operator or type of device you visit from or the city the IP address is assigned to information collected through the use of these cookies is used to improve the website and provide a better and more appropriate service.