Security settings of Apple Safari browser may seem complicated at first. Present study aims to provide an overview of Safari browser settings. Safari, like other modern browsers, has the ability to send user information. As sample, since Safari’s default settings send a summary of all user-generated searches to Apple, it is not recommended that you disable all of these features, as some of them are useful.
In following, we will try to make a smart decision to use each of these features by explaining each of them. If you want to search privately without leaving any traces on the Internet, open a Private Window.
To do this in the Safari browser, go to : File> New Private Browsing Window at the top bar.
• Select the data to sync with Mac
MacOS operating system stores your browser data in iCloud so that you can easily recover your data if you plan to use another Mac, iPhone or iPad browser at another time.
To do this, you need an Apple ID to log in on different devices. To control the information that the Mac syncs, go to the : Apple menu> System Preferences> iCloud from the apple bar icon at the top of the screen.
If the “Safari” option is checked, it means that the Mac is synchronizing Safari information with other devices. But if the “Keychain” option is checked, passwords stored in Safari will also be synced.
• You need to control what Safari does with your search data
To go to Safari search settings, go to : Safari> Preferences from the menu at the top of the Safari browser screen, and from the top bar, click the “Search” icon.
Include search engine suggestions:
When you type words in the address bar at the top of the page in the search field, Safari sends this information to the search engine and makes it the default, so you see suggestions in typing. If you disable this feature, Safari will send your search words to the search engine only when you hit the Enter key.
Include Safari suggestions:
While typing in the Safari address bar above, Safari sends user-typed letters along with location to Apple servers & from through this provided the user the suggestions for news, Wikipedia articles, and weather’s data. If you disable this feature, Safari will not send this information to Apple servers.
Enable Quick Website Search:
When searching for a website, Safari can remember if you have already searched the website. So, later, by searching again on this website, it is enough to first type its name and then the search words to search directly on this website. Moreover, by clicking on “Manage Websites”, you can see the list of websites that Safari remembers.
Preload Top Hit in the Background:
When you are typing in the search box in the top safari address bar, the safari of the most visited search results may start sooner to upload and saves the user time. If you disable this feature, Safari will not load any search results before you select.
Show Favorites Websites:
Safari Browser displays the user’s favorite sites under the search bar. If you disable this feature, Safari will not display your favorite websites. This can only be done for the sake of more privacy and that you may not want someone standing over your head to know about your favorite websites.
• Phishing and Malware Settings
In the Safari browser security settings, the “Warn when visiting a fraudulent website” feature is enabled by default. It should be noted that, like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers, Safari uses Google’s secure browser service to protect you when it comes to dangerous websites. When enabled, Safari automatically downloads the list of dangerous websites from Google and keeps it up to date.
When you visit a website, Safari first looks at it in terms of whether or not that website is on the list. if this website is listed, its full URL will be sent to Google to make sure this website is really dangerous? Or not? And if it is dangerous, it blocks it and displays an error message instead. In a nutshell, the Safari browser communicates with Google for a list of dangerous websites and only sends information about the visited website to Google if it is on Google’s list of dangerous websites.
We recommend that you keep this feature enabled to protect your computer when visiting malicious websites.
• Privacy Settings
From the top bar of the settings and in “Privacy” category, operations that you can do with websites can be controlled. This operation includes the following:
Cookies and Website Data:
By default, Safari accepts cookies from the various websites you visit. Websites keep the user logged in via cookies and save personal settings. Needless to say, these websites also use them for internet advertising. If you disable cookies through this menu; You will not be able to log in to different websites and browsing different pages will probably be annoying. The “Allow from current website only” feature allows the user to stop accepting cookies from third-party websites. As well, this feature is primarily used for advertising and has other uses.
Website use of location services:
This feature helps determine if websites are allowed to use the user’s location or not. Websites must always obtain permission before using the user’s location. You can check the “Deny without prompting” option to avoid questioning various websites and forbidding the use of location.
“Ask websites not to track me” option is disabled by default. By enable it, Safari browser will send a “no tracking” request to the websites you are visiting. Needless to say, this is just a request and most websites are ignoring it.
By enabling the “Allow websites to check if Apple Pay is set up” option, you can allow websites to use Apple Pay.
The Mac automatically updates Safari and the rest of the operating system. You can change the update settings from System Preferences> App Store, but never stop updating Safari.
In order to ensure your security when browsing the Internet, it is necessary that every browser you use is always up to date with the latest version and has the latest security updates. Otherwise, malicious websites will attack your Mac through the browser and can damage it.