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Cookies Vs Cache–How Do They Differ?

Many cellular phones, tablets, or computer users are not away that every website you have ever visited takes up a little bit of residence on your system in the form of cookies and cache.  Most of us have heard the term cookies when referencing electronics—but how many of us know what the term actually means?  Or even how important that we make it a regular routine to remove and clear those cookies?

Cookies are a small text file stored on your phone, tablet, or computer that contains information about you—such as usernames, passwords, settings preferences, web surfing—just about anything you do is stored in these files.  Through the use of the information contained on these cookies, businesses can more precisely target their ads to those items you are more likely to have an interest in.

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On the other hand, the cache stores the images of those pages you have visited, which lessens the time it takes to reload when you choose to revisit the page.  If you are like most individuals and tend to surf the net a lot, you need to clear your cache periodically.  If not, those images and information will pile on and take up significant storage space, and as a result,  can interfere with the performance of the device.

Clearing your cookies and cache depends a lot on how much you surf the web and how much space your device has available.  It is essential you know that when you clear out your cookies, you will also be removing any passwords that you have saved, and as such, will have to re-enter them again when you decide to view your favorite websites.

It will depend on what type of device you are using as to how the cookies and cache are cleared.  There are plenty of articles available on the web that can walk you step by step through the process.