Managing Your Internet Browser

Because web browsers are used so frequently for a variety of tasks, it is essential to configure them correctly to ensure your security and to improve your browser's speed and performance. Follow these tips to manage your browser effectively.

Clear Browser Cookies and Cache

Computers and mobile devices store copies of frequently accessed pages in their cache in order to quickly reload pages without having to retrieve them from the network. Cookies are most commonly used to track website activity. Clearing both the cookies and cache can ensure that you are accessing the most recent versions of web pages.

Select your browser for instructions on clearing your cookies and cache.

Step-by-Step Walkthroughs How-To Videos
Internet Explorer 9 & 10 Internet Explorer 9 & 10 youtube video
Firefox Firefox (Windows) youtube video or Firefox (Mac) youtube video
Firefox Mobile on Android
Google Chrome Google Chrome youtube video
Google Chrome Mobile
Opera Opera (Windows) youtube video or Opera (Mac) youtube video
Safari Safari youtube video
Safari Mobile

Manage Cookies

When you visit some sites, the server gives you a "cookie" that acts as your identification card. Upon each return visit to that site, your browser passes that cookie back to the server to gather information about which Web pages are being visited. In your browser, you can manually select which sites are allowed to store cookies.

Select your browser for instructions on managing your cookies.

Step-by-Step Walkthroughs How-To Videos
Internet Explorer 9 & 10 Internet Explorer 9 & 10 youtube video
Firefox Firefox (Windows) youtube video or Firefox (Mac) youtube video
Google Chrome Google Chrome youtube video
Opera Opera (Windows) youtube video or Opera (Mac) youtube video
Safari Safari youtube video

Support Contacts

Support Contact:

IT Support Center
Central service desk for students, faculty, and staff.
847-491-4357 (1-HELP)
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