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How to use Safari’s tools to protect your privacy while browsing

If you are a Mac user, you have a copy of Safari on your computer – this is the default browser for macOS. If you use it, you’ll be happy to know that, like other major browsers, Safari has been provided with a number of protections to improve user privacy.

Tracking is a major threat to online privacy, and there are several different methods for tracking users, from first-party cookies (usually used to store your preferences) to third-party tracking cookies (which collect information about your online activity) . There are also fingerprints, which involve collecting details about your system configuration to create an identifiable fingerprint used to track you on the web.

Below, we explain how to adjust your settings on Safari, as well as how to delete cookies yourself. We also explain Safari’s anti-fingerprint methods.

 

TREAT WITH TRACKERS
Safari uses a feature called Intelligent Tracking Prevention that uses machine learning to determine which websites can follow you on the Internet. The browser will block and remove third-party tracking tools from sites that you have not visited in the past 30 days. If they come from sites you visit frequently, Safari will allow them to function like third-party cookies for 24 hours. After that, they are compartmentalized so that they cannot follow you on the web but can keep you connected. If you do not visit this site for an additional 30 days, they are deleted.

This feature is enabled by default, but you can disable it:

Go to “Safari”> “Preferences”> “Confidentiality”.
Uncheck the box next to “Prevent cross-site tracking”.
If you wish to block proprietary and third-party cookies, check the box next to “Block all cookies”.

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CLEAN YOUR COOKIES:
Surprisingly, Safari is one of the few navigators that does not automatically suppress cookies for sorting – beyond the actual manual.

Go to “Safari”> “Preferences”> “Confidentiality”.
Click on “Search the web site”.
Check out a list of these sites that stock cookies and trackers on the browser. Click on a site to select the “Delete” button in the coin infrared gauge to suppress cookies and cookies on this site.
Click here to see “Delete All” at the bottom of the page to suppress all cookies and downloads of all sites. (Receives an audio message; click on “Delete now” for continuity.)

 

 

You can delete your browsing history by going to “Safari”> “Preferences”> “General” and looking for the “Delete items from history” drop-down menu. You cannot delete your history on exit, but you can delete it after a day (or a week, a month or several other periods).

PRINTING AND BLOCKING OF ADS
According to Apple, Safari offers several features to stop fingerprints. To begin with, according to a PDF preview, the browser “presents a simplified version of the system configuration to the trackers so that more devices appear identical, which makes it more difficult to distinguish them.” In addition, Apple adds, it “does not add any custom tracking headers or unique identifiers to web requests.”

Safari doesn’t block ads natively, but you can add blocking apps through extensions.

 

 

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