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Clearing Browsing Data (Cookies, Cache, Saved Passwords etc.)

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When you visit a website, your browser will save information about the sites you visit to your computer. Stored information includes cache, cookies, browsing history, passwords, and other browsing data. This is done to help the browser load pages faster when you visit the same site again. However, over time your computer might save thousands of files, and this process can actually slow down your computer.

Additionally, this stored information poses a security risk. Cache and browsing history files disclose which websites you have visited in the past. Cookies and saved password files can disclose your passwords or other private information you have typed into web forms.

To ensure this information is protected, and to help your browser function more efficiently, it is a good idea to delete your cache, cookies, history, saved passwords, saved web form information, and other saved browser files, periodically. This way, if your computer ends up in the wrong hands, your private information will not be as easily available.


How to Clear Browsing Data

Learn how to clear your web browsing data in:

  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
    Note: Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer (IE 11) will receive Microsoft technical support and security updates. If you are using an older version, ITS recommends you upgrade to IE 11.