Avoid Using the 'Back' Button
Using the 'Back' button while navigating the internet is common practice, however when using the Elastic platform, avoid using it. As Elastic is software that is viewed/used via the internet opposed to a website, the ‘Back’ button can adversely affect how Elastic performs.
The ‘Back’ button breaks the underlying data structures in Elastic and does not trigger Elastics save checks and other functions that the site relies on to function correctly.
For any questions on how to best navigate your Elastic experience without using the ‘Back’ button please feel free to reach out to Elastic support and we will gladly assist.
How often do I need to clear my cache? Most people only need to clear their caches once every month or two. That's generally the point when your browser will build up a cache large enough to start slowing things down. If you frequent a large number of sites, you should err on the side of clearing your cache more often.
Benefits of clearing your cache:
Maximizing Speed and Performance
If you spend a lot of time online or have been visiting websites for a long period, then you may build up a sizeable cache. This may affect the speed and performance of your computer as you surf online, especially if you are low on hard drive capacity anyway. Clearing the cache frees up some space and may just speed things back up again. Keep in mind that this may not make a huge difference -- you're more likely to see a slight change.
Viewing Most Recent Pages
Each time you revisit a website, your cache is supposed to check to see if it has changed so that it can serve you the most up-to-date pages. This doesn't always work; sometimes the cache will load its older stored page instead, so you may not always get the newest version. If you clear the cache periodically, you force your browser to start over, ensuring that you are viewing updated pages and information.
If you are using a public computer or one that is accessible by other people, then clearing your cache may help protect your privacy. If you don't do this, then anyone who uses the computer and the browser after you may be able to see what you have been doing. The cache can also store private data required by some websites, which could give the next user on the computer access to sensitive or personal information. The cache's temporary files may also be a target for adware, malware and virus files.
Fixing Browser Errors
There are times when your cache can cause problems when you use your browser. For example, you may find that certain websites are slow to load, will not open, return an error message, hang at a certain point or otherwise refuse to respond as they should. In many cases, you can fix these kinds of errors by clearing your cache before closing and reopening your browser.
Clearing Cache Instructions:
1. On your computer, open Chrome.
2. At the top right, click More .
3. Click More tools. Clear browsing data.
4. At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time.
5. Next to "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files," check the boxes.
6. Click Clear data.
1. Click on the Safari drop-down menu and select Preferences.
2. Click the Advanced tab. Select the Show Develop menu in menu bar checkbox and close the Preferences
3. Select the Develop drop-down menu. Click Empty Cache.
4. Note: You may want to also clear your browser history.
1. With Firefox open, click the hamburger menu in the top right and select Settings.
2. Click Privacy & Security.
3. Scroll down to the Cookies & Site Data section and click Clear Data.
4. Uncheck the box for Cookies and Site Data and click Clear.
Restart your Computer Once a Week
For those who seldom reboot their laptops, you might be experiencing a number of these issues below. For “best practices”, it’s recommended to rebooting your system once a week at a minimum.
The Benefits of Restarting your Computer
1. Flushes RAM – RAM stands for Random Access Memory and is your computer’s main type of memory. It’s also known as volatile memory because it is constantly in flux. RAM handles short-term tasks and data. Therefore, when you restart your computer, you flush out all the random, unimportant, and temporary data bogging down your device.
2. Speeds up Performance – Reboots are known to keep computers running quickly. By flushing the RAM, your computer can run a lot faster without all those temporary files piled onto your PC’s memory.
3. Stops Memory Leaks – These occur when a program doesn’t close properly. Many programs borrow your computer’s RAM while open then return it when you close the program out. However, outdated, overused or glitch programs may end up forgetting to return that memory, resulting in memory leaks. Rebooting can help prevent memory leaks from occurring.
4. Fixes Internet Connection – Sometimes computers lose their connection to the Internet and will need to be reset. The first plan of action is to restart your computer. Restarting will reset the connection. However, please note that if restarting your computer doesn’t solve your connectivity issues, you may have to reboot your router or require further servicing.
6. Bug Fixes – Computers that go without reboots for extended periods are prone to an assortment of irksome bugs and glitches. These annoyances include programs running at a slower pace than usual, unexpected system freeze-ups. Rebooting your computer will prevent the systems’ processors from becoming overloaded and provide them with ample time to recharge.
7. Saves Time – Rebooting your computer is one of the quickest ways you can fix an error with your machine. By following our guide for when to restart, you can avoid sacrificing time out of your work day. You will also be saving time that could be potentially wasted on future device sluggishness or potential bugs.
Also, having many applications open and unused severely impacts performance. Always close all unused applications for optimal performance on your laptop. This includes multiple Chrome Tabs, each additional tab consumes memory which could be allocated for applications you’re currently using at the time.