Optimize Your Browser Today for a Better Online Experience

by | Sep 13, 2019 | Tech Support, Tech Tips

Optimizing your browser is one of those things that you don’t think about until the internet starts running slow. Maybe you never think about it at all, but you should. Different browsers have different steps, but the goal is the same. Remove the junk that your browser stores and get back to what you want to spend your time doing. Browser optimization is quick and easy, take the time to learn it today.

What is Browser Optimization?

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We’re not trying to throw buzzwords at you here. Optimizing your browser might sound like something that you need an engineering degree to do, but it’s a simple process. If you’ve ever called into your ISP about slow speeds, they’ve likely walked you through this process, but what are you doing?

Optimizing your browser is simply removing old stored data, checking your default settings, and making sure that your security suite is up-to-date and running scans regularly. The later part of that is not truly part of the browser optimization process, but it’s imperative and should always be a part of any computer maintenance.

How Do You Optimize Your Browser?

Optimizing Chrome

Optimizing your browser is simple, regardless of what browser you use. In Chrome, click the upper right-hand hamburger menu; it looks like three dots stacked on top of one another. About two-thirds of the way down, click the “settings” option. Clicking “settings” will open a new tab. In this tab, you’ll see options for a lot of things you can use to personalize your Chrome experience.

On the left-hand side of this tab, you can see all of your options and click to navigate, or you can scroll down and see them all as you go. Either scroll to or click where it says “privacy and security” then down to where it says “Clear browsing history.” Clicking this opens a small window on your browser with two options at the top. One says basic, the other says advanced. On the basic side, it will give your three check-boxes and an explanation of what is included and a drop-down that asks you how far back you’d like to clear. All-time should be the default here.

In the advanced side, you have more options, such as passwords. Be sure passwords is not checked or you’ll have to reenter all your passwords for any websites you visit frequently. Once you select all the data you want to clean up, click “clear data.” This process takes a few minutes, depending on how much data is currently stored.

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Optimizing Safari

For Mac’s browser, Safari, the process is similar, but some items have different names. To get into Safari’s settings, click “Safari” in the upper left corner of your screen, then click “preferences.” After the preferences box is open click where it says “privacy.” In this box, you’ll have an option that says “Remove All Website Data.” Click this button, and the stored data is gone.

Why Should You Optimize Your Browser?

Think of browser optimization as maintenance for your computer. It’s like filling up your windshield wiper fluid. Your car will run either way, but it’s a lot easier to see if you can clean the gunk off. Instead of washing away dirt and bugs, you’re clearing out little bits of data. Every site that you visit stores small bits of data here and there in your browser. Data takes up space, which can slow things down. By cleaning this data out, your pages load faster.

For a look at how the OneSupport desktop tool makes this process even more simple, check out this video. If you need help with browser optimization or you’re ready to try the desktop too, give OneSupport a call today at 844-818-3415. Our technology advisors are highly trained, friendly, and eager to help you get the most of our your tech and your time. We’ll tech it from here.

 

 

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