Browser CacheThe process of caching speeds up the rendering of websites by storing copies of it. Reusing the stored copy when re-visiting websites helps them load faster.
What if the site content changes?
New content is configured by the cache when it is published, but the rest of the pages remain unchanged.
How often should you clear browser cache and cookies?
It depends. In general, it is good to clear them as often as you can, and when you need to. Although caching generally works well, sometimes websites may have formatting or loading issues. To resolve these issues, you can either clear your browser cache or force the cache to reload using the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + F5”.
They are temporary and get deleted when the browser is closed.
They persist even after the browser is closed. They are used by website owners to help you login automatically, and support personalization.
Third-Party/ Tracking Cookies
They are used to track your activities on the web. These make it possible for websites to show targeted ads.
Be cautious of third-party cookies, as they enable advertising companies to track your internet history. When you visit a website, think of it as leaving cookie crumbs wherever you go.
A tracking cookie example:
Cookie Consent Preferences
Manage Specific Cookie Consent Preferences
Do you HAVE to accept cookies?
To learn more, you can read an article on avoiding accepting cookies here.
We know that cookie messages can be annoying, fortunately there are some browser extensions out there that automatically inform websites about your cookie preferences.
Note: Download browser extensions only from websites and companies you have vetted.