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How to use the Safari 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 do use it, you will be happy to hear that Safari, like other major browsers, has been given a number of safeguards to improve user privacy.

Tracking is a major threat to online privacy, and there are various methods to track users, from first-party cookies (usually used to store your preferences) to third-party tracking cookies (which collect information about your online activity). There is also fingerprint, which collects data about your system’s configuration to create an identifiable fingerprint that is used to track you on the internet.

Below we show you how you can adjust your settings in Safari and how you can delete cookies yourself. We also explain Safari’s anti-fingerprint methods.

Dealing with trackers

Safari uses a function called Intelligent tracking prevention that uses machine learning to determine which websites you can follow on the internet. The browser blocks and removes third-party trackers from sites that you have not visited in the last 30 days. If they come from sites that you visit often, Safari will let them function as third-party cookies for 24 hours. They are then partitioned so that they cannot follow you on the internet, but they can keep you logged in. If you do not visit that site for 30 days, they will be deleted.

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

  • Go to “Safari”> “Preferences”> “Privacy”.
  • Remove the check mark from the check box next to ‘Prevent cross-site tracking’.
  • If you want to block both third-party and third-party cookies, select the check box next to “Block all cookies.”

Tidy up your cookies

Unfortunately, Safari is one of the few browsers that does not automatically delete cookies when closing – you have to do it manually.

  • Go to “Safari”> “Preferences”> “Privacy”.
  • Click on ‘Manage website data’.
  • You see a list of those sites that store cookies and trackers in your browser. Click on a site and then select the ‘Delete’ button at the bottom left of the window to delete all cookies and trackers from that site.
  • You can also click “Delete all” at the bottom of the page to delete all cookies and data from all sites at once. (You will first receive a warning message; click “Delete now” to continue.)

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

Fingerprints and ad blocking

According to Apple, Safari offers various functions to stop fingerprints. To begin with, according to a PDF overview, the browser “presents a simplified version of the system configuration for trackers, so that more devices look identical, making it harder to choose one.” In addition, Apple adds: custom headers or unique IDs for web requests. “

Safari does not block native ads, but you can add blocker apps through extensions.

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