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Monthly Scoop From Our Internet Group

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We were asked...

"Do you have any suggestions on how to get my internet browser to work more efficiently?"

And here is our answer...

Yes, there are some simple things which may improve your browsing experience. The specific steps will vary depending on which browser you use - do a Google search on your browser and version. Try some of these basics:

• Clear your browsing history. Internet browsers are very much like hoarders. In this case, your browser likes to hold on to things such as the information about each website you have visited. After a while, that data can begin to slow down how fast pages load. We suggest you regularly delete your history.

• Empty the cache. Browsers save temporary files so they don't have to download certain parts of webpages that haven't changed between visits. Those items are stored in the browser cache and can sometimes be the reason for a website not downloading correctly.

• Check for malware. Online malware is known for its effect on web browsing and how it can interfere with the way webpages download and appear. It's good practice to keep your anti-malware software updated to ensure you're getting the best performance from your computer and to keep it safe.

• Reduce your bookmarks. Although bookmarks are great for the sites you frequent, it may help to improve your browser speed by reducing the number of your bookmarks to about 20, give or take a few. Bookmarks can also be referred to as Favorites.

Remember, for performance and security reasons, it's important to keep your browser up-to-date. Not sure which browser version you're using? Try visiting updatemybrowser.org to find out if you're using the most updated browser version.

Happy Browsing!