Apple Safari 9

According to Wikipedia Safari is “a web browser developed by Apple Inc. included with the OS X and iOS operating systems. First released as a public beta on January 7, 2003, on the company’s OS X operating system, it became Apple’s default browser beginning with Mac OS X v10.3 “Panther”. The native browser of iOS is also called Safari, but has a different UI and uses a different WebKit version and API”.

This chapter is dedicated to configuring Apple Safari version 9.x. It comes by default with Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan).

Change default search engine

Change default search engine to DuckDuckGo, it is a search engine who takes care of your privacy. Go to:

Open Safari ⇒ Preferences ⇒ Search

Set “Search engine” to “DuckDuckGo”.

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Clear history

Used to never leave navigation traces in browser history. Go to:

Open Safari ⇒ Preferences ⇒ General

Set “Remove history items” to “After one day”. Set “Remove download list items” to “Upon successful download”.

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Control third party plugins

Most browsers allow the continuous running of all third party scripts, giving malware an huge surface area of attack to get into your machine. Safari can ask for user permission each time a plugin is run, this is a good practice to control which website is asking your browser to run a plugin. It is suggested to control the run of WebGL plugins, go to:

Open Safari ⇒ Preferences ⇒ Security

Check “Allow WebGL” and click on “Website Settings...”, set “When visiting other websites” to “Ask”.

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It is suggested to control the run of WebGL plugins, go to:

Open Safari ⇒ Preferences ⇒ Security

Check “Allow Plug-ins” and click on “Website Settings...”, set “When visiting other websites” to “Ask”.

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Disable AutoFill

Disables automatic fill of forms. Go to:

Open Safari ⇒ Preferences ⇒ AutoFill

Unckeck all boxes.

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Disable AutoFill username and passwords

Disables automatic fill of forms with usernames and passwords. Go to:

Open Safari ⇒ Preferences ⇒ Passwords

Uncheck “AutoFill user names and passwords”.

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Disable open files after download

Disables automatic opening of downloaded file, even if they are safe. It is suggested to never run arbitrary files downloaded. Go to:

Open Safari ⇒ Preferences ⇒ General

Uncheck “Open ‘safe’ files after downloading”.

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Disable search suggestions

Disables suggestions to avoid leaking potential data when typing in the search box. Go to:

Open Safari ⇒ Preferences ⇒ Search

Uncheck “Include search engine suggestions”. Uncheck “Include Spotlight suggestions”.

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Disable website tracking

Disables website tracking asking sites to do not track. Go to:

Open Safari ⇒ Preferences ⇒ Privacy

Check “Ask website not to track me”.

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Open with a private window

Set Safari to open only in new private window to keep your privacy. Go to:

Open Safari ⇒ Preferences ⇒ General

Set “Safari opens with” to “A new private window”.

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Open with an empty page

Set Safari to open new windows and tabs with an empty page. Go to:

Open Safari ⇒ Preferences ⇒ General

Set “New windows open with” to “Empty Page”. Set “New tabs open with” to “Empty Page”.

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Show website address

By default Safari shows only the domain in the address bar, it is suggested to show the whole website address. Go to:

Open Safari ⇒ Preferences ⇒ Advanced

Check “Show full website address”.

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Warn when visiting a fraudulent website

Safari can check the website you are visiting against a public and free feed on malicious websites. It is suggested to enable fraudulent website detection, go to:

Open Safari ⇒ Preferences ⇒ Security

Check “Warn when visiting a fraudulent website”.

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