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Cookies

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Happy almost Halloween, friends. In honor of the upcoming holiday, I thought I’d give you a little a candy or in this case, cookies. 

Today’s tech topic is Cookies. No, not like the kind you eat, unfortunately. Cookies are bits of information, or crumbs in this analogy, that are stored by your Web browser so that websites can remember things like your viewing preferences, what you left in your shopping cart, and which ads to target to you and when. Yes, that’s why they are serving you that Sephora advertisement, you left crumbs.

Still unsure? Think of Cookies like a rewards card at your favorite store. The rewards card is mutually beneficial in that the shop can build a profile around you and understand your buying behavior, while you enjoy personalized offers, discounts, and shopping experiences.

Want to revoke retail stores’ rights on the rewards card? If you read my post on Caches, you’ll remember that your Cache is like your closet, or in this case, your fridge. If you’re ready to remove your cookies, all you have to do is clean out your fridge...clear your Cache.

Have questions or other topics you’d like to me write about? Leave your ideas and questions comments below!

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Cache

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Today’s tech topic is Cache (pronounced like “cash” money 💰).  A Cache stores data or information such as website addresses and preferences so that future requests for that information can be served faster, providing you with an enhanced user experience.

Think of a Cache like your closet or, in this case, your online virtual closet.  It’s where you keep all of your clothes you purchased from the store and the store represents the web server. When you need a piece of clothing, you retrieve it from your closet just like how your web server can quickly retrieve cached websites from your Cache as you're browsing the web. At anytime if you want to make room for more clothing or if something’s no longer your style, you can cull your closet just like an online cache.

Ready to cull your online closet, Cache? Search your browser's Help menu for "clear cache". Pro-tip: press CTRL-Shift-Delete if you’re using a PC or Command-Shift-Delete if you’re using a Mac.

Hope you enjoyed this post and as always, leave a comment if you have a suggestion for a post!

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