Clearing your cache and your cookies

What is a cache and why are you always telling me to clear it? Why should I clear my cookies? Who doesn’t like cookies?

We’ve encountered a few weird things since starting this 1:1, but when educational websites that host our actual curriculum (Pearson, Discovery Education and Schoology) become blocked by our Chromebook security software, we know that something is not right. It took a couple of freak outs on my part and scrambling on the technicians’ end before the solution was finally reached.

Clear your cache… and your cookies.

A cache makes website load time faster by remembering all the stuff that’s on the page. But when a site rolls out new features or makes changes to how things function, your cache can get in the way.

Cookies are when a website gives your computer a file to store so that it can reuse your info next time you visit instead of having to ask you for it again (location, shopping cart info, form entries). Well, cookies go stale too.

So here’s how you clear your cache and cookies on your Chromebook:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings
  3. Scroll down and click Clear browsing data under Privacy
  4. Choose “the beginning of time” from the drop down
  5. Select “Cookies and other site plugin data” and “Cached images and files”
  6. Click Clear browsing data

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