Every day, you use internet browsers to check your email, do some banking, look at your favorite social media accounts, or maybe buy something. Browsers tend to hold information and over time this can cause problems in bringing up websites or logging in.
So, it is always a good idea to clear out your browser’s history, cookies and caches on a regular basis. The only drawback is that you will lose saved passwords and usernames and will need to re-enter them. But on the plus side, you will have a more secure privacy and your browser will work better.
Here are some reasons as to why you should clear your browser’s cookies and history:
You do not want websites tracking you
Everyone browse the web, however, no one wants all these websites to remember who they are. You especially do not want third-parties following you around the web across various sites, right?
By clearing and deleting your history, you make it more difficult for websites and other entities in the web to identify you.
You logged into an account on a public computer
There are times when we need to browse the web or log into our accounts using a public computer. And when we do, the last thing that we want is for that public computer remembering our login credentials and keeping a copy of the websites that we visited.
In this case, it is best to stay anonymous and delete all history. And you will be doing other people who also used the public computer a favor.
Your browser is slow
Web browsers always save cookies as files to your computer’s hard drive. They are small in size (few KB), however, they will accumulate over time. Such volume means that your browser must use more computing power in order to load saved web pages, thus slower browser sessions.
Cache and cookies do help in speeding up your browsing, however, it is a good idea to clear these files every now and then in order to free up hard disk space and computing power when browsing the web.
You are encountering bugs when you load a website
The files stored in a cache represent a snapshot of the website or webpage at a given period of time. These saved files can problematic if the website owner introduces an update or a new feature which affects how the website functions.
A buggy behavior will then arise. This is why it is important to clear cache periodically in order to make sure that you are accessing the most updated versions of the website you love.
- You changed your login credentials
There are times when we need or choose to change our passwords. This can be a problem if you do not clear your cookies and history. Failure to do so can prevent a website from authenticating your successfully for a service. By deleting and clearing your browser history and cache and creating a new one with your updated login credentials, you can easily solve this problem in an instant.