What are Internet browsing data, cookies, site data and cache?
When you surf the internet, going from one website to another, there are some data related to the user and website being recorded and stored in the background of the internet browser. Whether you are using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or any internet browser, the concept is the same.
The internet browser has to collect, capture and record certain categories of data and files which are:
Browsing data is information related to visiting websites and history. With browsing data, the website can automatically complete certain forms (login, account, etc) and keep you logged in to your accounts after you close a browsing session. It’s quick access and you no need to re-enter the information again on the next visit.
Cookies on websites refer to personal information related to the computer, username and password. It’s private information that also will capture by the Internet browser. It helps to remember the user on logins, input data, shopping cart and more.
While the cache is website data that is temporary store in the browser. The function is for fast access to the same website when you come for the next visit. If your content has been cached, the browser can quickly provide the information as been stored the first time you visit. Save your waiting time.
Why do we need to clear browsing data, cookies, site data and cache?
The answer is for personal security protection. The next user who uses your internet browser on your computer, laptop or phone is able to see and access your data such as username, password, account, etc. It’s become highly recommended to clear all those data if the devices you are using are sharing.
To protect your devices from unethical hacker activities. With internet surfing activities, we don’t realize some of the websites might insecure. Some of them look genuine but contain lots of traps and errors.
How to clear Mozilla Firefox browsing data, cookies, site data and cache
1. Launch Mozilla Firefox. As of this guide date, we are using version 104.0.1 (64-bit). Mozilla Firefox is free, you can download it here.
2. Click the 3 bar at the top right of the corner
3. Click Privacy and Security
4. Scroll down and look for History
5. Choose Clear History
6. Choose Time Range. We prefer Everythings
7. Tick browsing data, cookies, cache, site settings, etc. We prefer tick all. You will notice the deletion for you to be aware of.
8. Click OK and you’re done.
We suggest doing this after you complete the internet browsing activities because it will log out from any account you’re currently login like Gmail, Facebook, Twitter etc.
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