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How Do I Clear My Cache?

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Overview

A cache is a feature in your browser that stores the data of previously visited websites, thereby improving and speeding up your browsing experience. However, keeping old versions of cached files can cause web pages to load incorrectly or not at all. On most computer browsers, you can clear the cache by pressing Ctrl+shift+delete.

If you often work on web pages and make changes, it is vital to clear your browser cache regularly. Below are some benefits of removing the browser cache.

  • Applications will run better on your computer.
  • Allows you to pull up the latest version of a web page.
  • It prevents you from using old versions of website forms.
  • Security – Prevents hackers from using stored data to access your personal information.
  • Privacy – Clearing cache prevents someone who has access to the system from viewing what sites you have visited.
  • Prevents a Social Engineering attack – The term "social engineering" refers to a set of tactics for persuading others to do actions or reveal secret information.

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Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. On the top navigation, click the hamburger icon , then select Options.
  3. Click on Advanced.
  4. Click the Network tab.
  5. Click on Clear Now in the Cached Web Content section.
The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+shift+delete.

 

Google Chrome

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. On the top navigation, click the 3 vertical dots on the upper left corner of Chrome.
  3. Click on More Tools on the menu, then click Clear browsing data.
The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+shift+delete.

 

Microsoft Edge

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. On the upper left corner of the browser, click Settings and more (the 3 horizontal dots).
  3. Select Settings on the menu.
  4. On the Settings sidebar, tap on Privacy, search, and services.
  5. Under the Clear Browsing Data section, click Choose what to clear.
The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+shift+delete.

 

Internet Explorer

  1. Open the Internet Explorer browser.
  2. On the top navigation, click the gear icon and Safety option from the submenu.
  3. Click on Delete browsing history in the submenu.
The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+shift+delete.

 

Safari

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. Select Edit on the menu bar.
  3. Select empty cache.
The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+shift+delete.

 

iOS

This section explains how to clear Safari's cache and cookies on iOS.

  1. From the home screen, tap the Settings button.
  2. On the Settings screen, scroll down and tap the Safari button.
  3. Under the Privacy section of the Safari screen, tap the button labeled Clear Cookies and Data.
  4. On the confirmation screen, tap Clear Cookies and Data.
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