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5 settings you must change in Safari to protect your privacy


Safari’s drive is relatively safe and private, but you can do a much better job by tweaking a few settings. Here are five settings that will enhance your privacy when you’re online, according to business insider.

Make websites stop tracking you

Almost every step you take online is tracked by websites to target you with ads and personalize your experience, but you can close most of that by telling Safari to stop tracking you.

You can do this on your iPhone or iPad, start the Settings app and tap on Safari, and in the Privacy and security section, enable Block Site Tracking by swiping the button to the right.

On a Mac, start Safari, tap Safari in the menu bar at the top of the screen, tap Preferences in the drop-down menu, and in the Preferences window, tap the Privacy tab, then tap the checkbox to prevent cross-site tracking.

Change Google to DuckDuckGo

Google is the default for most people, but this search engine basically lacks privacy. If you don’t want a big company to know your browsing history, go to DuckDuckGo, and on your iPhone or iPad, start the Settings app and tap Safari

In the search section, click on the search engine and select DuckDuckGo from the options.

If you’re on a Mac, start Safari, then tap Safari. In the menu bar at the top of the screen, tap Preferences in the drop-down menu.

In the Preferences window, click the Search tab, and to the right of the search engine, click the drop-down menu and go from Google to DuckDuckGo.

Hide IP

Websites can see your IP address, which can reveal personal details about you including your location.

If you prefer, you can hide this from online trackers. On your iPhone or iPad, start the Settings app and tap on Safari, and in the Privacy and Security section tap Hide IP and choose from trackers.

On a Mac, start Safari, then tap Safari. In the menu bar at the top of the screen, tap Preferences in the drop-down menu.

In the Preferences window, click on the Privacy tab, and then click on the Hide IP address from trackers check box.

Stop using the location services

Much of your mobile device’s details depend on location services, and your iPhone and iPad need to know where you are to make smart suggestions and offer location-based features.

But if you don’t want Safari to know where you are, it’s easy to turn it off, and on your iPhone or iPad, start the Settings app and tap Safari.

In the Websites Settings section, tap Site and change the setting to Deny, and on a Mac, start Safari and tap Safari in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

Click Preferences in the dropdown menu, and in the Preferences window, click the Websites tab.

Choose the site in the pane on the left, and at the bottom of the window, configure When You Visit Other Sites by clicking the drop-down menu and choosing Ask or Decline.

Clear your browsing history

This is a method to improve your privacy. You can clear your browsing history from time to time to clear the records on your device about where you are connected to the Internet, along with saved passwords for your website.

Also on your iPhone or iPad, start the Settings app and tap on Safari, scroll down and tap Clear History and Website Data and agree you want to do this in the popup.

On a Mac, start Safari, tap History in the menu bar at the top of the screen, tap Clear History in the drop-down menu, choose the timeframe you want from the drop-down menu, and tap Clear History.

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By Treadstone 71

@Treadstone71LLC Cyber intelligence, counterintelligence, Influence Operations, Cyber Operations, OSINT, Clandestine Cyber HUMINT, cyber intel and OSINT training and analysis, cyber psyops, strategic intelligence, Open-Source Intelligence collection, analytic writing, structured analytic techniques, Target Adversary Research, cyber counterintelligence, strategic intelligence analysis, estimative intelligence, forecasting intelligence, warning intelligence, threat intelligence