Clearing the Cache for Safari, Internet Explorer, Chrome, & Edge Browsers

The Importance of Clearing the Cache

As our reliance on computers and mobile devices grows, technology continues to evolve.  Assuming that you use some sort of device on a daily basis, how often do you clean it?  I don’t mean getting the dirt out of your home button or wiping away the fingerprints, but I DO mean making sure your device is performing quickly and to its fullest potential.  

While searching in your browser, you collect a multitude of files and webpages that are stored to make pages load quicker when accessed in the future, called a “cache” [pronounced “cash”].  Don’t worry, this is something ALL web browsers have, and can be removed.

While this might seem like a good thing, the cache might regress in its function and slow down the time it takes for webpages to load if it becomes full.  Having a full cache also eats up disk space, which is never a good thing.  

Also, having a certain site on your cache may prevent you from viewing the most updated or recent version of the site.  This means that some files may lead to error as you are viewing an “out-of-date” version.  

In schools, clearing the cache is VERY important.  Some students may be unable to log-in due to an excessive amount of users or saved passwords on the cache.  Saved passwords should never be encouraged on school devices due to the ability for other users to log on to accounts that do not belong to them.  

I know what you’re thinking, “How do I clear my cache?”  Good question.  Below is a tutorial showing you exactly how to clear the cache.