Cache vs. Cookies: What Gives?

“What’s Wrong with My Computer?” Do you experience slow-downs or error issues? It’s probably your cache and cookies.

In most browsers, the options for clearing the cache and clearing cookies are in the same place; however, they are not the same thing.

Your cache stores files downloaded directly from the websites you visit . . . files such as fonts, scripts to run the pages and images. Deleting the cache data helps to troubleshoot, helps to decrease the loading time of web pages and increases the performance of your computer. If the browser doesn’t load the new version of the site or web page, even if there have been changes on the site since the last visit, the cache can cause issues with the view and you can likely experience the dread of internet slow-down. When this happens, try to clear your browser cache.

Cookies store information about you and the things you’ve done online. If you browse an online store and add a bunch of things to a shopping list, that’s saved using a cookie. Cookies also keep track of which site you’re logged in to — which is why, if you clear your cookies, you’ll need to log back in to all of your accounts. Clearing your cache doesn’t affect any of this. Note: Clearing your cookies and cache does not clear your passwords.

Clearing your cache is different for every browser. Depending upon your device’s software, search under “settings” or “options.” Normally, you have the ability to select which items that you want to clear.

It is timeless advice: if a website isn’t loading properly, clear your cache and cookies. Just make sure that you don’t click the password box when you do this.