Last updated on May 25th, 2023 at 12:43 pm
If you have a privacy concern regarding your online activities then you might be aware of these web technologies used to track any person’s online activities and can expose anyone’s sensitive data. If any bad-minded person had a chance to steal your cache, cookies, or session token, he can do many things online on your behalf. Read this entire guide to know what Cache, Cookies, and Session Tokens are and also their advantages and disadvantages. By the end of this article, you will know how to clear cache and cookies in various browsers like (Chrome, Brave, and Firefox).
What is Cache?
The internet cache is a technology used to save time and data while the internet pages are loaded. it simply means that if you visit our website regularly your browser might look at that web page data from its server, not every time you open up that website. In simple, your web browser saves static data like the website code and images in your computer storage to load that web page quickly whenever you open that website again. These commonly requested files are said to be cache files and are stored in a particular cache folder. Let’s suppose you are a regular visitor to our website you might find our website’s logo and the core website code stored in your browser’s cache folder and we don’t have any dynamic data that’s why our website loads faster in your browsers. Your browser is smart enough to load the data from the cache folder instead of fetching the webpage essential data from the web server every time you visit this website.
What are Cookies?
Cookies are text files containing random numbers and letters used to issue a unique identity to every visitor and these cookies are stored both on the server machine and also on the client machine. Cookies are beneficial because they can be used to avail useful features like auto-logins, remembering passwords, and managing connectivity sessions between client and server.
What are Session Tokens, Session IDs, or User Sessions?
A session token is quite similar to both Cache and Cookies & it can be defined as a token that is used for maintaining a connection session between the client and server. Session tokens or session IDs are widely used in the modern age of connectivity and play a great role in information security as well. Session tokens work with cache and cookies and contain many data parameters like what is the maximum time the client can spend being idle, how much time that session would be active, and what would be the final expiration time of the particular session. All these parameters are encoded and stored in a string and saved with cookies.
(Chrome) How to Clear Cache and Cookies
If you are a google chrome user and looking for a (how to clear cache in Chrome), then follow these simple steps to clean and clear all the data including cache, cookies, and session tokens that can be used to track your online activities performed through Chrome Browser.
1. Open your Chrome Browser.
2. Toggle your mouse arrow to the up-right corner of your browser and click on vertical dots.
3. Goto the setting menu right below the Edit menu.
4. In the Settings menu, click on Privacy and Security.
5. Click on Clear Browsing Data & there would be many options to manage your internet history, cache, and cookies.
How to Clear Cache in Chrome (Mobile)
Below is the step-by-step guide to clearing cache and cookies and also the browsing history on Chrome mobile.
Open Google Chome
Tap on three dots to expand the options
Tap on Setting (Probably the second last option)
Under the Basics tap on Privacy and Security
Tap on Clear Browsing Data.
Choose the time frame to clear the cache and cookies accordingly.
How to clear Cookies from Firefox
Clearing cookies in the Firefox browser is also easy on desktop and mobile devices. Follow these simple steps to make clear cookies from Firefox.
Toggle to the up-right corner and click on the menu.
Go to the Privacy and Security under the General Tab.
Scroll down a little bit and click on Cookies and Site Data. In this menu, you can clear or manage your data.
In the modern age of computing security is also a major concern along with privacy. People with bad intentions can misuse the cache, cookies, and session token if they can access them. Therefore it is necessary to delete cache, cookies, and other related data from the computer. Cache poisoning attacks are now common and to prevent them we should delete and clear all the cache and cookies from our computers.