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What are Cache and Cookies?

A cookie is a file created by a web browser, at the request of a website, that is stored on your computer. These files store information, such as shopping cart contents or authentication data.

A cache stores data from the website (such as text or images) so that the web page will load faster if you access them again.

Why do I need to clear them?

You've heard it just as much as you've heard the dreaded 'Have you tried turning it off and on again?'...

When you use a browser, like Google Chrome, it saves some information from websites in its cache and cookies. Clearing them fixes certain problems, like loading or formatting issues on sites. Websites are constantly updating and making changes, and sometimes the saved data in your browser can conflict with the new data in the website's coding. Clearing out the cache and cookies allows new data to be saved. Some webpages will be slow to load first, but will speed up as you begin using the same sites again and again. 

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