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What Info do I lose Erasing History Cookies And Data in Safari?

376 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 15, 2013 5:38 PM by Bandit7 RSS
Bandit7 Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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Feb 15, 2013 1:23 PM

I am kinda new to Communities Support, so please excuse All Newbie Errors....

I want to clear out my History, Cookies and Data on my IPad2 that I have owned for almost 3 years. Maybe a very stupid question?

But I use this IPad for practically everything, including Major Stock Market Research and many related Sites, plus I have a lot of Portfoilio Data, Watchlists,

And Stock Alerts set up on a bunch of these sites. Main Problem: After So much usage, and due to auto log ins from my cookies folder,

many of these important sites simply recognize me. I do not have a complete list of sign in info, user names, passwords etc.


I called apple support and several different techs advised me NOT to Erase all cookies and data! Ever! For perpetuity.... I am just wondering if anyone else can hopefully advise me. The amount of cookies, plus tracking cookies, plus Tracers, plus the  zillion other embedded snooping sniffers must be enormous..


And it is. I checked under diagnostics and I am getting tons of low memory crashes. Safari is the largest file listed in crash log next is the apple store, for some reason.



iPad 2, iOS 6.0.1, 32GB
  • GrumpyGator Level 5 Level 5 (4,560 points)

    I think the first thing you need to do is gather all your log in credentials for the various sites you use. Then you can clear your web history and cookies.


    I clear everything on almost a regular basis, including resets and restores. But thats just me.


    After 3 years of use, I would back up and restore the device. Some others might advise otherwise, but I would not go that long with any deivce or computer without cleaning everthing up.

  • GrumpyGator Level 5 Level 5 (4,560 points)

    I would suggest two backups, one to itunes and one to icloud. (assuming you already had icloud set up on the device, this should be easy).


    I really don't sync anything from my mac except for apps and some music, as necessary. I do everything through I icloud and that works for me. My email is all web based, I never lose anything.


    Make sure itunes is updated to the latest version, before you do anything with it.


    iTunes: Backing up and Restoring iOS software


    About iOS backups


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