Q&A How often to clear my browser cache?

plat1098

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Daily, whenever I shut down the computer for the night Some session cookies I like to keep thruout the day as I sometimes return to a site later in the day and don't want to sign in or configure the site again. I see in Edge, you can add sites to keep their cookies and ditch any others but I myself would rather retain the control than have a very minor convenience.

I've found that if you don't clear the caches with some regularity, many websites I use malfunction after a while--like passwords don't register or the site doesn't load properly or at all.
 

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Nowadays usually never. Page loads faster with cache, so that's what I prefer. Removing cache regularly writes excessive amount of data on the disk specially Firefox.
I have also moved my browsers cache folder to the HDD instead of the default location of SSD to reduce the amount of data written on the SSD.
I used to be privacy-sensitive, but not anymore. I use Google as my search engine, use an android phone, browsers history, bookmarks are synced (Edge & Firefox), have accounts on most popular social media sites except TikTok. So deleting cache daily won't/barely do any good for me privacy wise.
But when I visit suspicious sites to watch free live streams, download malware, etc., I always use the Private Mode of the browser.
 

amirr

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Nowadays usually never. Page loads faster with cache, so that's what I prefer. Removing cache regularly writes excessive amount of data on the disk specially Firefox.
I have also moved my browsers cache folder to the HDD instead of the default location of SSD to reduce the amount of data written on the SSD.
I used to be privacy-sensitive, but not anymore. I use Google as my search engine, use an android phone, browsers history, bookmarks are synced (Edge & Firefox), have accounts on most popular social media sites except TikTok. So deleting cache daily won't/barely do any good for me privacy wise.
But when I visit suspicious sites to watch free live streams, download malware, etc., I always use the Private Mode of the browser.
Me too.
 

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Literally never. I don't see any need to do that, although there are occasions where cleaning the cache can actually increase performance.

I only close my browser every few weeks, when I'm going to reboot, or if I'm having issues with the browser, or to update it.
 

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Nowadays usually never. Page loads faster with cache, so that's what I prefer. Removing cache regularly writes excessive amount of data on the disk specially Firefox.
I have also moved my browsers cache folder to the HDD instead of the default location of SSD to reduce the amount of data written on the SSD.
I used to be privacy-sensitive, but not anymore. I use Google as my search engine, use an android phone, browsers history, bookmarks are synced (Edge & Firefox), have accounts on most popular social media sites except TikTok. So deleting cache daily won't/barely do any good for me privacy wise.
But when I visit suspicious sites to watch free live streams, download malware, etc., I always use the Private Mode of the browser.
This is me too. At this point I just like things to work. Nothing was any different when I was being a privacy nut, except everything took more work. And I wasn’t hiding much anyway.
 

Chuck57

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Every day, sometimes several times a day when I close the browser. I've always thought it's just a good idea.
 

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