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How Do I Clear My Cache?

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 take action or reveal secret information.

In this article, we will discuss how to clear cache on:

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. On the top navigation, click the hamburger icon, then select Settings.
  3. In the Cookies and Site Data section, click the Clear Data... button.
  4. Remove the checkmark on the checkbox beside Cookies and Site Data so that you will not be signed out of websites once cleared.
  5. Click the Clear button.
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 right corner of Chrome.
  3. Click on Clear browsing data...  in the menu, then click Clear data.
The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+shift+delete.

 

Microsoft Edge

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. On the upper right 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. Click Choose what to clear under the Clear Browsing Data section.
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.
  4. Choose the information or files you wish to get rid of from your computer, then click Delete.
The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+shift+delete.

 

Safari

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. On the upper left corner of the page, click on the Safari tab and select Settings from the drop-down menu.
  3. Go to the Advanced tab and click the checkbox beside Show features for web developers.
  4. Click the Develop menu at the top left of the browser.
  5. Click on Empty Caches.

 

iOS

  1. From your home screen, click the Settings button.
  2. Scroll down and tap the Safari button.
  3. Under the PRIVACY & SECURITY section of the Safari screen, tap the button labeled Clear History and Website Data.
  4. On the confirmation screen, tap Clear History and Data.
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