How To Make Safari More Private

Safari instantly protects you from most web threats. But it is not immune to all risks. Malicious agents are constantly inventing new methods to bypass your browser’s protections and track you online. Fortunately, you can go into Safari’s settings and increase security in a few clicks.

Apple offers many advanced security measures in Safari. However, many of them are disabled by default. From the settings, you can manually set Safari to prevent trackers from tracking you across sites, hide your IP address from sneaky advertisers, block the little bits of data called cookies that websites store on your device, and more. Here’s how to make Safari even more personal.

Prevent cross-site tracking

When you browse the web, websites install various trackers on your device to keep track of you and your activity on the web. They also collect information on your device, such as operating system version and screen size, and misuse it to uniquely identify you, no matter what website you are on. Safari can put a stop to these efforts by actively clearing trackers from your device and presenting a general device configuration to websites.

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To enable cross-site tracking in Safari’s Mac app, go to the “Preferences” and under the “Privacy” tab, check the “Website Tracking” option. On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Safari > Prevent Cross-Site Tracking.

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