The retention of the browser cache
is usually set by the user or determined by available space on the computer's hard drive.
Typically, Internet browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer save copies of frequently visited pages (called your "browser cache
") to your computer's hard-drive, which your browser may access the next time you view a particular website.
This is fine up to a point - the browser cache
, for instance, stores copies of web pages so they load more quickly next time, and the History file records the address of the sites you browse - but do you want all this information to be accessible to anyone else using your PC?
The software works by allowing all users on the network to share Web content stored in each local PC's browser cache
, the memory computers use to store Web content.
When you have finished your e-mail session you should clear the browser cache
; this is done in a slightly different way in each of the different browsers in Netscape, for example, you select "Options" from the menu line at the top of the browser screen, then select "Network Preferences", then "Cache", and click on "Clear Memory Cache Now" and "Clear Disk Cache Now".