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#1 How to Browse the Internet Safely With Safari Browser

Unread post#1 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:20 am

How to Browse the Internet Safely With Safari Browser
The Safari browser can be exploited through malicious code and can display annoying pop up ads. It’s also fairly easy by default for someone to retrieve your browsing history and see files you’ve downloaded.

In this guide, we’re going to explore some ways to make your browsing experience more secure. Before starting out, do make sure you have the most recent version of macOS and the Safari browser by opening the Mac App Store and clicking “Updates”. This way you’ll have access to Safari’s latest security features.

You can block most ads through using the Safari Extension AdBlock Plus. Click on Safari --> Safari Extensions in the menu at the top left to see all available add ons. Click “AdBlock Plus”, then on the blue “install now” link to add it to Safari.

Websites will often place tracking cookies on your computer. These are small files which record information about you and your browsing habits. Not all cookies are tracking cookies. Tracking cookies are not harmful like malware, worms or viruses, but they can be a privacy concern. As an example, if you go to a Web site that hosts online advertising from a third-party vendor, the third-party vendor can place a cookie on your computer.

Install the Safari Extension ‘Ghostery’ to proactively block all tracking cookies. Click on Safari --> Safari Extensions and search for 'Ghostery' in the search bar. Click 'Install Now' to be taken to the easy set up wizard. In the 'Blocking' section make sure to 'Select All' to block all kinds of tracking.

Click File --> New Private Window at any time in Safari to start a private browsing session. Your Mac will not remember any pages visited, search history or forms filled inside a private window. The address bar is grey for easy identification.

Go to Safari --> Clear History to erase your existing browsing data. In the 'Clear' menu, choose the time period you want to erase e.g. the last hour then click 'Clear History'.

Safari can also automatically delete your browsing history after a certain length of time. Go to Safari --> Preferences --> General and find the 'Remove History Items' section to change this.

JavaScript is a programming language that can run inside web browsers allowing for more advanced features such as Google Docs. When Javascript is enabled, a page using it will load any Javascript programs automatically. In theory, this could mean if you accidentally click the wrong link, harmful code could run automatically on your system.

Go to Safari --> Preferences --> Security and untick ‘enable Javascript’ to change this.

In theory location services are a great way for websites to offer you customised web content, for instance by showing you local places to eat and drink when searching online.

In reality, information on your whereabouts could end up being shared without your permission to third parties. Would you want your employer, for example, to know you had a job interview with one of their rivals?

Disable location services by going to Safari --> Preferences --> Privacy. Under ‘Website Use of Location Services’ click ‘Deny without prompting’.

By default Safari will automatically open files you download that use formats it considers to be ‘safe’ such as movies and PDF. This means that you have no chance to check the files are the right ones before opening. Malicious code also can hide in supposedly ‘safe’ files such as PDFs.

Go to Safari --> Preferences --> General and untick ‘Open Safe Files after downloading’ to disable this feature.

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