Internet privacy has never been more of a concern then it is today. There are multiple factors behind this, which I will cover in this article along with, how to boost your privacy in Safari. As you know, Safari is the official browser developed by Apple Inc., included with all of its operating systems. For the past few weeks, I have been analyzing all the major web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and of-course, Safari for their privacy terms and how much they actually follow them. It is my conclusion that Safari and Firefox take great care of the user’s private information. Since my focus is Safari, I must say that among all, Safari was the first to initiate the concept of private browsing. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO stated that, “At Apple, your trust means everything to us. That’s why we respect your privacy and protect it with strong encryption, plus strict policies that govern how all data is handled.” With these clear terms the protection of your data is reflected in Safari. Safari is enabled with some very useful settings that you can customize to your preference and protect yourself from revealing your personal information.
Important tips to boost your privacy while using Safari
Private Window Browsing
The following is a basic step for anybody who is less savvy about the Internet. While using private browsing, Safari disables the logging of your browsing history. Furthermore, in the private mode, Safari by default neither stores the fresh cookies nor uses already stored cookies on your Mac.
To enable private browsing,
a) Go to the file menu
b) Scroll down and click on “New Private Window”
c) Perform your search
There are times when some websites do not function well in private mode, so you may consider the points below to sustain your privacy, while browsing sites in normal mode.
Click on the Safari menu then click on “Preferences”.
In the Preferences window click on the security tab.
Click the privacy tab and follow along to optimize the privacy of your browser.
In “cookies and website data”, de-select the default “Always allow” and check “Allow from websites I visit”. These settings will only allow the cookies and other tracking files from the trustworthy websites that you visit and trust and block the unwanted data from others.
Always make sure to “Remove All Website Data”. After every browser session.
In “Website, use of location services”, select “Deny without prompting”. Today, almost every website wants to know about your location for their personal benefit. Do not allow this.
If you are too concerned about websites that track you, you always have the option to check the box labeled “Ask Websites not to track me”.
The tips above will provide an extra layer of privacy to your browsing. You can read more about Safari Security and privacy here: https://www.apple.com/safari/ . Now go have fun surfing the internet.