Cookie Policy

What the fuck are those things called “cookies”? Are they edible?

Wikipedia is your friend:

An HTTP cookie (also called web cookie, Internet cookie, browser cookie or simply cookie, the latter which is not to be confused with the literal definition), is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user’s web browser while the user is browsing that website. Every time the user loads the website, the browser sends the cookie back to the server to notify the website of the user’s previous activity.

More simple: Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit.

This text files are used to store things like your language preferences, your session preferences, your kind of browser/device, etc. For example, this way the websites can adapt itself to appear nicely in your device (everybody likes cookies for that because it improves the user experience), to analyze data about web page traffic (for statistics) or to show advertisements related to your interests (some people can feel concerned about their privacy).

How does Navarradas.com use cookies?

I use traffic log cookies (from Google Analytics) to identify which pages are being used and how the visitors behave. This helps me to analyze data about web page traffic and to improve my blog in order to tailor it to visitor needs. I only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and the gathered data can not be used to uniquely identify a visitor.

My blog is bilingual (Spanish and English) and you can always choose the language of your preference. That choice is stored in a cookie so next time you visit my blog it will appear in the language you chose last time.

WordPress, the software that runs this blog, may also use cookies when you comment on a blog post to identify you on return visits. I do not use this information for any other reason.

Finally some services like Google Maps, Youtube or LinkedIn use cookies to determine your preferences and necessities (for example, the video quality you can use depending on your bandwidth).

Overall, cookies help me to provide you with a better website. A cookie in no way gives me access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with me (as described before).

Below is a table with the cookies my blog placed on your computer:

CookieOwner (domain)DurationDescription
PREFYoutube (youtube.com)2 yearsThis cookie is set by Youtube (Google) in order to store session preferences that relate to your activity when watching the embedded videos. You'll get this cookie when reading a post where I've embedded a Youtube video. You also could get this cookie in your computer but not set by Navarradas.com (so even if you don't agree to have cookies from my blog you still could have it). It can be set by Google through your browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari...) when you enable the Safe Browsing in order to block malware and other computer attacks but it also gathers information that allows Google to track users (this cookie has been used by the NSA to spy people). Read this to learn more about this cookie. However Google also offers the possibility to modify the preferences for this cookie. Check this link.
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVEYoutube (youtube.com)1 yearThis cookie is set by Youtube in order to attempt to estimate your bandwidth. You'll get this cookie when reading a post where I've embedded a Youtube video.
viewed_cookie_policyNavarradas (navarradas.com)1 yearThis cookie is used to record that the visitor already accepted the Cookie Policy.
lidcLinkedIn (linkedin.com)1 dayThis cookie is set by LinkedIn in order to show the Sharing Button on the post.
__utm*Google (navarradas.com)variableThese cookies (can be several) are set by Google Analytics in the format __utm*. They are used for:
  • Determine which domain to measure
  • Distinguish unique users
  • Throttle the request rate
  • Remember the number and time of previous visits
  • Remember traffic source information
  • Determine the start and end of a session
The * on the end is replaced by a letter to set different cookies with different durations: __utmt (10 minutes), __utma (2 years), __utmc (session), __utmb (30 minutes), __utmz (6 months). For more information about these cookies check this link. Google offers the possibility to opt-out these cookies. Check this link.
pll_languageNavarradas (navarradas.com)1 yearThis cookie is used to save the language preferences of the visitor.
wp-settings-[UID]WordPress (navarradas.com)1 year[ONLY FOR WP USERS] This cookie is set by WordPress in the format wp-settings-[UID]. It's used to check whether the current visitor is a logged-in WordPress.com user. The number on the end is your individual user ID (UID) from the users database table. For more information about WordPress cookies check this link and this other too.
wordpress_logged_in_[hash]WordPress (navarradas.com)session[ONLY FOR WP USERS] This cookie is set by WordPress in the format wordpress_logged_in_[hash]. It indicates when you're logged in, and who you are, for most interface use. The characters on the end are an authentication hash. For more information about WordPress cookies check this link and this other too.
PHPSESSIDNavarradas (navarradas.com)sessionThis cookie is used by any PHP (programming language for webs) website to keep track of the session. For example, when using forms (comments, e-mails, searches) a message is stored and presented to indicate if the submission was successful or not. It's also used to store login information if the visitor is a logged-in WordPress.com user.
wordpress_test_cookieWordPress (navarradas.com)session[ONLY FOR WP USERS] This cookie is set by WordPress during the login process in order to test whether or not the browser has cookies enabled.
comment_author_{data}_[hash]WordPress (navarradas.com)1 year[ONLY FOR COMMENTERS] It's a set of 3 cookies used by WordPress when a visitor comments a post. It's purely a convenience, so that the visitor won't need to re-type all their information again when they want to leave another comment. The 3 cookies are:
  • comment_author_[hash]
  • comment_author_email_[hash]
  • comment_author_url_[hash]
The characters on the end are an authentication hash. For more information about this WordPress cookie check this link.
idGoogle (doubleclick.net)2 yearsThis cookie is set by Google under the domain doubleclick.net for advertisement. Google offers the possibility to opt-out these cookies. Check this link.
_drt_Google (doubleclick.net)1 dayThis cookie is set by Google under the domain doubleclick.net for advertisement. More information about this cookie here. Google also offers the possibility to opt-out these cookies. Check this link.  
DSIDGoogle (doubleclick.net)1 dayThis cookie is set by Google under the domain doubleclick.net for advertisement. Google offers the possibility to opt-out these cookies. Check this link.
NIDGoogle (google.com)6 monthsThis cookie is set by Google under the domain google.com to record your preferences (language, activation of SafeSearch, number of search results...). It's also used to customize the advertisements presented to you on my blog. More information about this cookie here. Google offers the possibility to modify the preferences for this cookie. Check this link.
PREFGoogle (google.com)3 monthsThis cookie is set by some services of Google (Google Maps, etc) in order to store session preferences that relate to your activity when seeing embedded maps or other services of Google. You'll get this cookie when reading a post where I've embedded a map or other service of Google. You also could get this cookie in your computer but not set by Navarradas.com (so even if you don't agree to have cookies from my blog you still could have it). It can be set by Google through your browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari...) when you enable the Safe Browsing in order to block malware and other computer attacks but it also gathers information that allows Google to track users (this cookie has been used by the NSA to spy people). Read this to learn more about this cookie. However Google also offers the possibility to modify the preferences for this cookie. Check this link.
YSCYoutube (youtube.com)sessionThis cookie is set by Youtube (Google) in order to track your activity when watching the embedded videos (number of views and events of "Like" and "Share Video". You'll get this cookie when reading a post where I've embedded a Youtube video.

Additionaly services like Google Adsense, used in this blog for advertisement, store third party’s cookies (impossible for me to list here all of them). In order to properly use my blog but avoid those third party’s cookies you can block all cookies by default and create an exception for the domain “navarradas.com” as well as for the other domains listed in the previous table so only the advertisement cookies will be blocked. Check below how to do it depending on your browser.

Can I do not accept or block your cookies? What does it happen if I block them?

Yes and no.

The new European Union Data Protection Law requires that all websites and applications for end users (you) in the European Union disclose clearly and obtain consent to, any data collection, sharing and usage. That includes cookies, of course.

When you navigate through my blog a pop-up is showed to disclose this information (Cookie Policy) and to obtain your consent to store cookies in your computer. Most of websites, including my blog, consider you accept the cookies implicitly when you use the website but don’t give you an option to not accept them and block the content that uses cookies. Instead, they point out in the disclosure how you can block them (see below).

Yeah, it’s tricky and it is what a defective law brings. I wanted to do it properly and block the not necessary content if you don’t accept the cookies, but honestly there is not an easy way without programming and I prefer to dedicate my little time while traveling to write.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser settings to decline cookies if you prefer. Just remember this may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website. In order to make it easier you can add plugins to your browser (like Cookie Controller for Firefox).

Browser specific instructions to block and remove cookies