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Managing your Internet Browser

Internet browsers are found at the forefront of almost everything we interact with nowadays. With the web containing such a diverse selection of tools, sites, services, and web applications to keep us connected it's more important than ever to understand how to troubleshoot your internet browser when something isn't working correctly.

Why would I need to troubleshoot my Internet Browser?

When you use any browser, they save information from websites in their cache and cookies. Clearing these items can fix a variety of problems such as website functions not working, pages failing to load, or formatting issues.

What is a cache and what are cookies?

Modern Internet browsers running on desktop and mobile devices store pieces of data from frequently accessed pages in a 'cache' (pronounced CASH) in order to conveniently load pages and info more quickly. Ever wondered why that sweater was still in your cart after you left a website and came back? That's because a cache piles up data and login information from across your internet activities, and that can eventually cause issues with specific sites, services, or tools.

On most modern sites, you've most likely seen a 'Accept all cookies' or 'Deny' pop-up or two. When you visit some sites, they'll give you a 'cookie' that acts as an ID card. This card travels across the web with you and each website you visit takes a peek at it, and then stores and gathers information on your browsing habits, preferences, clicks, and what you like or maybe don't like. While cookies provide many conveniences, sometimes they can cause issues with a website.

Clearing browser cookies, history, and cache

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