What is a cookie?
Cookies are files containing small amounts of information that are downloaded onto the user's device when you visit a website. Their main purpose is to identify the user each time you visit the website, enabling us to improve the quality and usability of our website.
Cookies are essential for the internet to work; they cannot damage the user's computer/device and, if enabled in your browser settings, help us identify and resolve possible website malfunctions.
Types of Cookies
There are different types of cookies. They all work in the same way, but have slight differences:
1. Session Cookies. Session cookies are only valid for the duration of your visit and are deleted when you close your browser. Their main purpose is to identify the type of device and ensure the security and basic functionality of the website. They do not contain personal information that allows us to identify a user.
2. Persistent or Permanent Cookies: They are stored on the device's hard drive and our website reads them each you visit. They have a specific expiry date, after which they stop working. They allow us to identify your actions and preferences, analyse visits, understand how users come to our website and improve our services.
3. Functionality Cookies: They allow the website to remember choices made by the user, such as login details or search preferences. The information that these cookies collect is anonymous (i.e., it does not contain your name, address or other data).
4. Third-Party Cookies. Third-party cookies are those installed by a website other than the one you are visiting, for example, cookies used by social networks (such as Facebook) or by external add-ons (such as Google Maps). Some advertising companies also use these types of cookies to monitor your visits to each site where they are advertised.
5. Analytics Cookies: The purpose of these cookies is to provide periodic maintenance and guarantee the best performance and service to the user; collecting data on user activity.
a. Own Cookies
In order to recognise and provide you with a better service, our website uses own cookies (small text files that your browser stores). Accepting our cookies results in time savings. They can also be used to recognise you between successive visits and, therefore, adapt the content shown, in order to obtain information about the date and time of your last visit, measure some traffic parameters within the site itself, and estimate the number of visits made, enabling us to focus on and adjust the services and promotions more effectively.
No cookie allows us to contact your phone number, email address or by any other means. No cookie can remove information from your hard drive or steal personal information.
User settings to prevent Cookies
If you use multiple computers in various locations, you will need to make sure that each one is configured according to your preferences.
You can block cookies using your browser's configuration tools or you can configure your browser to notify you when a server wants to save a cookie:
1. If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to Tools > Internet Options > Privacy > Settings. For further information, visit https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies.
2. If you are using Firefox, go to Tools > Options > Privacy > Cookies. For further information, visit https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences .
3. If you are using Chrome, in the Options section, click on Advanced options, followed by Privacy. For further information, visit https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en.
4. If you use Opera, from the Security and Privacy option you can configure the browser settings. For further information, visit https://help.opera.com/en/latest/.
If you do not use any of the browsers mentioned above, you will need to select the 'cookies' option from the 'Help' tab to locate the cookies folder.