What are they and what are they used for?
What are cookies?
Cookies are small files that some platforms may install on your computer, smartphone, tablet or connected TV. Their functions can be greatly varied: storing your browsing preferences, collecting statistical information, allowing certain technical functions, etc. Cookies are sometimes used to store basic information about the user's or your computer's browsing habits, to the extent, as the case may be, of being able to recognise you.
Why are they important?
Cookies are useful for several reasons. From a technical perspective, they make it possible for websites to work more smoothly and in a way that suits your preferences, such as storing your language or the currency of your country. They also help website managers improve the services they offer, thanks to the statistical information they collect through them.
Type, Purpose and Functioning of Cookies
Cookies, depending on how long they last, can be divided into session cookies or persistent cookies. Session cookies expire when the user closes the browser. Persistent cookies expire depending on when they serve the purpose for which they were created (i.e., to keep the user identified on the pages of www.palomawool.com) or when they are deleted manually.
Additionally, depending on their purpose, they can be classified into the following:
Performance cookies: This type of cookie remembers your preferences for the tools found on the pages, so you do not need to reset them every time you visit. As an example, this type includes:
- Video or audio player volume settings.
- Video transmission rates that are compatible with your browser.
Geolocation cookies: These cookies are used to find out which country you are in when browsing the website. This cookie is completely anonymous and is only used to help adjust content according to your location.
Registration cookies: Registration cookies are generated once a user has registered or subsequently logged in, and are used to identify them on the pages for the following purposes:
- Keep the user identified so that if they close a page, the browser or the computer and access this page again at another time or another day, they will continue to remain identified, thus facilitating browsing without having to identify themselves again. This functionality can be removed if the user presses the "close session" functionality, so that this cookie is deleted and the user will have to log in again the next time they access the page in order to be identified.
- Check whether the user is authorised to access certain pages, for example, to participate in a contest.
- Additionally, some pages may use social media connectors such as Facebook or Twitter. When a user signs up to a website using credentials from a social media site, they authorise the social media site to store a persistent cookie to remember their identity which grants access to the pages until it expires. The user can delete this Cookie and revoke access to the pages through social media by updating their preferences on the social media site they specify.
Analytical Cookies: Every time a user visits a website, a tool from a third-party provider (in our case Google Analytics) sets an analytical cookie on the user’s computer. This cookie, which is only set during the visit, will be used to anonymously identify the visitor on their future visits to the pages of www.palomawool.com. The main purposes they serve are to:
- Enable the anonymous identification of users browsing through the “cookie” (identifies browsers and devices, not persons) and therefore the approximate counting of the number of visitors and their trend over time.
- Anonymously identify the most visited content, which is therefore the most attractive to users.
- Know whether the user accessing the website is new or a repeat visitor.
Important: Unless the user decides to sign up to the www.palomawool.com website, the “cookie” will never be associated with any personal data that may identify them. Such cookies will only be used for statistical purposes that help to optimise user experience on the website.
Other third-party cookies
On some of our pages, third-party cookies that make it possible to manage and improve the services they offer may be installed. Links to social media sites that let us share our content are an example of these.
How can I set my preferences?
You can change your Internet browser settings if you want to allow, block or delete the cookies installed on your computer. If you choose to block them, certain services requiring their use may not be available to you.
Cookies are files sent to a browser through a web server in order to track user activity on a particular website. The main purpose of cookies is to provide users with quicker access to selected pages.
Likewise, the www.palomawool.com website will be able to know all the pages visited by users, so that it can provide or offer information that is appropriate to the tastes and preferences of each user.
How to disable cookies on the main browsers
All modern browsers allow you to change the cookie settings. This setting is usually found in the “Options” or “Preferences” menu of your browser.
The www.palomawool.com website offers users a guide on how to access the cookie settings menu and, as the case may be, private browsing on each of the major browsers:
- Internet Explorer: Tools -> Internet Options -> Privacy -> Settings. For more information, you can consult Microsoft Support or the browser’s Help menu.
- Firefox: Tools -> Options -> Privacy -> History -> Custom Settings. For more information, you can consult Mozilla Support or the browser’s Help menu.
- Chrome: Settings -> Show Advanced Settings -> Privacy -> Content Settings. For more information, you can consult Google support or the browser’s Help menu.
- Safari: Preferences -> Security. For more information, you can consult Apple Support or the browser’s Help menu.
What happens when cookies are disabled
Some functionalities of the pages will be disabled, such as remaining identified, receiving targeted information for your location or viewing some videos.
With regard to third-party cookies, that is, cookies that are not part of our website, we assume no liability or responsibility for the content and truthfulness of the privacy policies that they include, so the information that we offer you should always be referenced to the source.