Caches temporarily store data that hardware or software frequently access. As cached data is stored closer to a device, it enables faster load times and improved user experience.
Caches work by storing readily available copies of small data files, removing the need to retrieve such data from larger memory banks - a much slower process.
The specific way caches operate depends on their type - the device or application where they are located.
Types of Caches
- Central Processing Unit (CPU) Cache
- Web Cache (or HTTP Cache), including: Web Client Cache (or Web Browser Cache) and Web Server Cache
- Database Cache
- Content Delivery Network (CDN) Cache
- Domain Name System (DNS) Cache
- Improved Speeds
- Reduced Network Congestion
- Offline Access
- Performance Issues
- Delayed Updates
- Cybersecurity Risks
Why You Should Clear Cache
Caches drawbacks are all cause to clear cache routinely. Sometimes cache stores corrupted files or does not update files when needed, which causes performance issues and can even cause applications to crash.
Clearing cache, especially on public networks, can help improve data security.