Most web browsers access your geographic location via your IP address to serve local search results. Your browser may also have permission to use your device’s built-in camera and microphone. It’s certainly convenient, but it’s a huge security risk.

Here is a list of browser security settings you need to check now.

Browser cookies, extensions, and software bugs can slow your internet connection speeds to a crawl. Use these proven tricks to speed up Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge.

A browser is your gateway to the web and the cybercriminals looking to take advantage of you. If you’re ready to make a move to a more privacy-focused browser or see if yours makes my list, keep reading.

Best overall browser for privacy: Brave

If you’re fed up with trackers, ads, and data-hungry bits of code that follow you across the internet, Brave is the browser for you. Brave’s servers don’t see or store your browsing data, so it stays private until you delete it. That means your info is never packaged up and sold to advertisers.

The browser’s default settings block harmful junk like malware, phishing, and malicious advertising and plug-ins that could harm your computer.

Advertising and trackers are blocked by default. Because of all it stops, Brave says it is three times faster than Chrome overall and loads major sites up to six times faster than its competitors. 

Brave is free to use, but you can turn on Brave Rewards to give back to the sites you visit most.  Once enabled,  "privacy-respecting" ads will show to support the content you see. Your browsing history remains private.

What about user experience? It runs on the Chromium source code, which powers Google Chrome, so it will likely feel familiar.

Download Brave for free here. It’s also available as an app on Apple and Android devices.

Best browser for customizable privacy: Firefox

Mozilla’s Firefox bills itself as a fast browser that “doesn’t sell you out.” Detecting a theme here? Firefox collects very little data, and you don’t even need to give your email address to download it.

It also blocks trackers by default, so you don't have any settings to change.

The customization features make Firefox stand out. You can use global protection levels, such as "Strict" or "Standard" or go the custom route. You can choose precisely which trackers and scripts Firefox blocks to get the experience you want.

When it comes to privacy, it’s got many bells and whistles: a built-in password manager, breached website alerts, Private Browsing mode, and secure form autofill.

Firefox is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux, and smartphones to make it easy to sync across all your devices. Take Firefox for a test drive on your computer by clicking here. Or click to download it for Apple or Android.

Best browser for maximum security: Tor

If you’re super security-focused, you probably already use a virtual private network or VPN. Want even more anonymity? Turn to Tor. This name started as an acronym for "The Onion Router," and it's popular among computer-savvy circles.

Tor runs your connection through multiple servers across the globe before you reach your destination. Your data is encrypted between each “node,” adding layers of protection – hence the onion logo.

Tor has been used for illegal activity online, but the software itself is perfectly legal and shouldn’t pose any problems. It’s often the route into the Dark Web.

Tor runs on a modified version of the Firefox browser. You can download Tor here.

Best browser for privacy on Mac: Safari

Many people use the browser that came with their computer as a matter of convenience. If you've got a Mac, this is a good thing. Safari blocks cross-site tracking that lets you enjoy the sites you use most without worrying about being followed.

Safari uses Google as its default search browser, which blocks malicious websites and protects you from malware and phishing scams. It blocks pop-ups, too.

Safari’s built-in password manager (Keychain) lets you know if a site you saved was involved in a data breach and helps you change your password. Download Safari here, directly from Apple.

Alternative option: Microsoft Edge

Microsoft said so long to Internet Explorer, and the new Edge is a robust browser with lots of built-in privacy features. It, too, runs on Chromium and feels a lot like Google Chrome.

Edge offers protection from trackers and blocks ad providers from monitoring your activity and learning more about you.

Choose the level of restriction you prefer from three settings, and you can decide which sites to block or not on a case-by-case basis. Want to know what Edge is blocking for a particular site? Click the lock icon to the left of the URL, then click Trackers for a list.

Edge’s built-in Password Monitor will alert you if you visit a compromised website and prompt you to change your password to a stronger one. You can make your own or use a suggested password.

[Source: This article was published in usatoday.com By Kim Komando - Uploaded by the Association Member: Issac Avila] 
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Pop-up windows have long been an annoyance that many web surfers would rather do without. While some do serve a purpose, most modern browsers provide a way to suppress them from appearing.

Apple's Safari browser offers an integrated pop-up blocker on both the Windows and Mac platforms, as well as on the iPadiPhone, and iPod touch. This tutorial shows you how to enable or disable this handy feature in a few simple steps.

Block Pop-ups in Mac OS X and macOS Sierra

The pop-up blocker for Mac computers is accessible through the Web contentsection of Safari's settings:

  1. Click Safari in the browser menu, located at the top of the screen.
  2. Choose Preferences when the drop-down menu appears, to open Safari's General Preferences dialog box.=
    You can instead use the Command+Comma (,) shortcut keys in lieu of clicking through the menu.
  3. Click on the Security tab to open the Security Preferences window.
  4. In the Web content section, put a check box next to the option called Block pop-up windows.If this check box is already selected, then Safari's integrated pop-up blocker is currently enabled.

Block Pop-ups on iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch)

The Safari pop-up blocker can be turned on and off on an iOS device too:

  1. From the home screen, open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down the list and tap the Safari option.
  3. In that new list, find the GENERAL section.
  1. In that section is an option called Block Pop-ups. Tap the button to the right to toggle the option on. It will turn green to indicate that Safari is blocking pop-ups.

Safari's Pop-up Blocker Settings on Windows

You can block pop-ups in Safari for Windows with the CTRL+Shift+K keyboard combo or you can follow these steps to do it:

  1. Click the gear icon at the top right of Safari.
  2. In that new menu, click the option called Block Pop-Up Windows.

Another way to enable or disable the pop-up blocker in Safari is through the Preferences > Security > Block pop-up windows option.

Source: This article was published lifewire.com By Scott Orgera

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APPLE AND GOOGLE are cracking down on obnoxious online ads. And they just might change the way the web works in the process.

Last week Google confirmed that Chrome—the most widely used web browser in the world—will block all ads on sites that include particularly egregious ads, including those that autoplay videos, hog too much of the screen, or make you wait to see the content you just clicked on.

Apple meanwhile announced yesterday that Safari will soon stop websites from automatically playing audio or video without your permission. The company's next browser update will even give users the option to load pages in "Reader" mode by default, which will strip not only ads but many other layout elements. The next version will also step up features to block third parties from tracking what you do online.

But the two companies' plans don't just mean a cleaner web experience. They represent a shift in the way web browsers work. Instead of passively downloading and running whatever code and content a website delivers, these browsers will take an active role shaping your web experience. That means publishers will have to rethink not just their ads but their assumptions about what readers do and don't see when they visit their pages.

For years, browsers have simply served as portals to the web, not tools for shaping the web itself. They take the code they're given and obediently render a page as instructed. Sure, browsers have long blocked pop-up ads and warned users who tried to visit potentially malicious websites. But beyond letting you change the font size, browsers don't typically let you do much to change the content of a page.

"Browsers have always been about standards and making sure that all browsers show the same content," says Firefox vice president of product Nick Nguyen. "It's been a neutral view of the web."

The problem is that this complacency has led to a crappier web. Publishers plaster their sites with ads that automatically play video and audio without your permission. Advertisers collect data about the pages you visit. And criminals sometimes use bad ads to deliver malware.

Many people have taken the matter into their own hands by installing plugins to block ads or trackers. About 26 percent of internet users have ad blockers on their computers, according to a survey conducted by the Interactive Advertising Bureau. Some 10 percent have ad blockers on their phones.

Now browser-makers are starting to build these types of features right into their products. Firefox added tracker-blocking to its private browser mode in 2015, and Opera added an optional ad-blocking feature last year. Meanwhile, newer companies like Brave and Cliqz have launched privacy-centric browsers of their own.

Now, thanks to Apple and Google, this trend is going mainstream. About 54 percent of all web surfers used Chrome last month, according to StatCounter, and about 14 percent used Safari. In other words, nearly all browsers will at the very least let users curb the worst ads on the sites they visit. And websites will have to adjust.

The Business of Blocking

It might seem weird for Google, one of the world's largest advertising companies, to build an ad-blocking tool right into one of its core products. But the search giant may be engaging in a bit of online judo. Google only plans to block ads on pages that feature types of ads identified by an ad-industry trade group as the most annoying. Google may be hoping that stripping out the worst ads will eliminate the impetus to download much stronger third-party ad blockers that also block its own ads and tracking.

Apple, which doesn't depend on advertising revenue, is taking a more radical approach. In addition to blocking cookies that could be used to track people across sites, the company will also give users the choice to display only the main content of a page, throwing out not just ads but extras like lists of "related stories" and other enticements to stay on a particular site. The page's prescribed fonts and color scheme get thrown out as well.

Safari has offered the reader view as an option since 2010, but traditionally you've had to load a page before you can turn the option on. Letting people turn it on by default means they could visit pages and never see the original versions. That's a big change that goes well beyond ad-blocking. It means that a page's code could soon act more as a set of suggestions for how browsers should present its content, not a blueprint to be followed as closely as possible.

That doesn't just change the way companies have to think about ads. It changes the relationship between reader and publisher—and between publishers and browser makers. For example, Brave—the privacy-centric browsing company founded by Firefox creator Brendan Eich—hopes to essentially invert the advertising business model by having the browser, not the webpage, serve up ads, then share the revenue with publishers. That's just one new model that this new paradigm makes possible, whether publishers like it or not.

Source: This article was published wired.com By KLINT FINLEY

Categorized in Search Engine

Make the most out of Apple's browser

Safari is packed with features that make your experience of browsing the web much better. From the Smart Search Field to Safari Reader to private browsing mode, everything is geared towards making your browsing faster and more enjoyable.

In the following nine expert tips you'll discover exactly how to search smarter, read text on pages easily, sync tabs across devices, manage your privacy and security and more.

1. Spotlight suggestions

When you click the search field and type, Safari gets suggestions from your chosen search engine. It also lists matches from your favourites and bookmarks, plus Spotlight suggestions – news stories, Wikipedia articles, maps and contact details relevant to your keywords.

It all adds up to a speedier search experience.

2. Quick Website Search

When you use a site's built-in search, Safari learns how the address of its search page is constructed. Next time, type the site's address followed by keywords in the Smart Search Field to get a shortcut that immediately submits your keywords and goes directly to search results.

3. Read pages easily

When you visit a page with lots of body text, a paragraph-like icon appears at the left of the search field. Click it for Safari Reader, which strips away extraneous content for a cleaner view of the body and images.

Adjust the text size using the A characters at the top left.

4. iCloud Tabs

Click the Show All Tabs button in the toolbar, and look below the graphical previews of tabs open on your Mac. Here you'll find lists of tabs left open on your other Macs and iOS devices signed into the same iCloud account.

5. Private browsing

To create a window in which visited pages, searches and form data are not saved, go to File > New Private Window. Such windows are distinguished from normal ones by a dark search field.

They remain separate if you choose Window > Merge All Windows.

6. Privacy options

In Safari's preferences, click Privacy. The first set of options determines whether sites save cookies – often used by advertisers, but also for other purposes.

At the bottom, you can ask not to be tracked, but sites aren't actually obliged to honour this.

7. Cover your tracks

You can quickly cover your browsing tracks from the last hour, today, or today and yesterday by choosing History > Clear History and Website Data… and the relevant entry.

8. Manage website data

Also in Privacy preferences, click Details under 'Remove All Website Data…' to review what sites have saved on your Mac: cookies, plug-ins and other local data may be used for legitimate functionality, but you can come here and delete data for a site you no longer trust.

9. Manage plug-ins

Safari uses clever techniques to stop plug-ins sucking up resources and battery power. You can check plug-ins and manage each one's availability, to sites you've already visited and any others you may visit in future, at the foot of Safari > Preferences > Security.

Author : MacFormat

Source : techradar.com

Categorized in Search Engine

Safari has long been the go-to browser on the iPhone, but after Apple finally opened up the secret speed enhancements in Safari to other browsers way back in iOS 8, it’s now possible to ditch Safari entirely for another browser. Chrome is the most obvious choice for doing so. But is it worth it?

The Contenders

You have a number of browser options on iOS, but most of them, like the privacy-focused Brave, the gesture-based Dolphin, or the speed-centric Opera Mini, all fill a niche instead of trying to be your daily driver. For that, Chrome and Safari lead the pack. Here’s a quick summary of their feature-set:

  • Safari: Safari is the default browser we’ve all come to know so well over the years. It does everything a browser needs to do, including offering up a private browsing mode, bookmarks, and as of iOS 9, ad blocking. Safari is deeply integrated into iOS, which means you can search for something in Spotlight and open it in Safari, and by default most apps will open any links in Safari.
  • Chrome: When Chrome originally arrived on iOS, it was slow, but still managed to work so well with Google’s other products that people used it anyway. Now, the two are equally speedy. Alongside features you expect in any browser, Chrome on iOS has a few Google-specific quirks, like a built-in QR scanner, Google Now support, a translator, and more. Chrome also tends to hide a lot of its interface, foregoing the bottom navigation bar prevalent in Safari and instead placing everything up top. This is an aesthetic thing, but design matters enough that you might prefer how one works over the other.

Which browser is best for you is partially a matter of preference, but it also matters what other apps you use. Let’s dig into where Chrome makes more sense than Safari and vice versa.


Chrome’s Voice Search Works Extremely Well

If you want to search for stuff online with your voice, you want to use Chrome. Google pushes its voice assistant hard in Chrome in iOS and it works stupidly well. With a hard-press of the Chrome icon you can search before even open the app, and once you’re in Chrome, you’ll find the voice search icon everywhere you look.

More importantly, the voice search is accurate, pulling up most results perfectly. This sounds like a minor feature, but if you can’t or aren’t good at typing on a phone’s small keyboard, having what’s essentially a dictation function comes in handy.

For its part, Safari has the regular old dictation button that’s built into iOS, but it’s not voice search specific and doesn’t work as well. Of course, you can also search using Siri, but it’s not as fluid or useful as the voice search in Chrome.

Chrome Plays Nice With All of Google’s Apps, Safari Plays Nice with Everything

A while back, Apple introduced a “deep linking” feature that essentially lets apps communicate with each other. While it’s not a replacement for “default” apps like on Android, it does make it so developers can do things like have a URL link from Gmail open up in Chrome instead of Safari. As you’d expect, Google has taken full advantage of this.

Provided you’re a Google user on a lot of services, from Drive to Gmail to Maps, you can make it so all those apps communicate with Chrome. For example, when you tap a link to a map in Chrome and it opens up Google Maps, or tap an email link in Chrome and it opens Gmail. If you’re deeply invested in Google, this works wonderfully and makes it so you can ignore Safari altogether.

If you’re not a heavy Google user, things get less interesting. Safari is still the default browser, which means URLs you get in text messages, Apple Mail, or links you search in Spotlight all route thought through Safari. While some third-party apps, like Spark or Airmail, have an “Open in” option that lets you choose your browser, that’s not the case in all apps, so you’re bound to still use Safari now and again. Unless you’re very much into Google, Safari is probably your best option so you don’t have to bounce between the two all the time.


Both Sync with Their Desktop Apps

There is one final, big reason why you’d choose one browser over the other. Both Safari and Chrome sync with their desktop counterparts. This means your tabs, history, and bookmarks all sync from your phone to your desktop. If this matters to you, then you’ll want to go with whichever browser you use on your computer.

Personally, while syncing always seems like a cool idea, it’s something I never, ever use, so this doesn’t matter to me as much as I initially thought it would. If you’re in the same boat and don’t actually utilize this, don’t let the idea that you could affect your decision for which browser to use.

Safari’s Reading List is Great, but Chrome Has One On the Way

An often forgotten about feature in Safari is its Reading List. Here, you get a Instapaper-esque list of articles you’ve saved for reading later. It’s great if you read a lot on your phone and have no interest in more advanced options like Pocket or Instapaper.

Chrome does not offer this at all right now, but it’s rumored to be on the way soon. Until we know how that actually works, Safari is your better option here. Of course, for now, Chrome users can still use a third-party app like Pocket or Instapaper.


Safari Can Block Ads and Trackers

If you’re someone who blocks ads or third-party trackers using an ad blocker, then your choice here is very clear: use Safari.

The “content blockers” introduced in iOS 9 only support Safari, and Chrome doesn’t have any similar type of plugin. These content blockers aren’t about ads, they also block cookies, weird page elements, specific URLs, comments, and more. So, if you want to mess around with any of that stuff, you want to stick with Safari.


The Verdict: Chrome Is Great If You’re Deep In Google’s Ecosystem, Safari Is Best for Everyone Else

Which browser is best for you depends on a lot things, including a general preference for how it works. Some people like Chrome’s more minimal aesthetic enough that features don’t actually matter. Others like the fact that Safari integrates automatically without any tweaking. In any case, if you like the “feel” of one over the other, know that they’re both equally speedy and feature-complete, so there’s no reason to actively avoid either. 

The one clear difference comes if you’re an avid Google product user. Chrome does an excellent job of linking up with the rest of Google’s apps, enough so that you almost feel like you’re not even on an iPhone. In that case, stick to Chrome and you’ll be happy. If you seek out other apps that deep link to Chrome you’ll be able to pretend like Safari doesn’t exist.

For everyone else, stick with Safari. It’s come a long way over the years and it works perfectly well. Is it a little boring? Sure. But how exciting do you want your browser to be?

Author : Thorin Klosowski

Source : http://lifehacker.com/iphone-browser-showdown-chrome-vs-safari-1793167099

Categorized in Search Engine

Apple's Safari browser, like rival Internet Explorer (IE), has lost a significant number of users in the last two years, data published Wednesday showed.

The most likely destination of Safari defectors: Google's Chrome.

According to California-based analytics vendor Net Applications, in March 2015, an estimated 69% of all Mac owners used Safari to go online. But by last month, that number had dropped to 56%, a drop of 13 percentage points -- representing a decline of nearly a fifth of the share of two years prior.

It was possible to peg the percentage of Mac users who ran Safari only because that browser works solely on macOS, the Apple operating system formerly labeled OS X. The same single-OS characteristic of IE and Edge has made it possible in the past to determine the percentage of Windows users who run those browsers.

Net Applications measures user share by sniffing the browser user agent string of visitors to its customers' websites, then tallying the various browsers and OSes.

Safari's share erosion was much less than that suffered by Microsoft's browsers, particularly IE, during the same period. From March 2015 to February 2017, the use of Microsoft's IE and Edge on Windows personal computers plummeted. Two years ago, the browsers were run by 62% of Windows PC owners; last month, the figure had fallen by more than half, to just 27%.

Simultaneous with the decline of IE has been the rise of Chrome. The user share of Google's browser -- its share of all browsers on all operating systems -- more than doubled in the last two years, jumping from 25% in March 2015 to 59.5% last month. Along the way, Chrome supplanted IE to become the world's most-used browser.

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It's impossible to be certain, but Chrome was probably the beneficiary from Safari's user share decline as well. In the last 24 months, Mozilla's Firefox -- the other major browser alternative to Chrome for macOS users -- has barely budged, losing just two-tenths of a percentage point in user share.

The downturn of both IE and Safari expose the fragility of what was once thought to be their biggest advantage: That they were bundled with their respective operating systems. Because they came with the operating system -- Windows in IE's case, OS X and now macOS in Safari's -- their position was believed unassailable; users, it was thought, would largely use what they were given, rather than seek out alternatives.

Microsoft became the agent of IE's destruction when the company unexpectedly called for the retirement of most versions of the browser, and told customers they must upgrade to IE11. Faced with that, many instead simply deserted to Chrome.

Apple did not make that same mistake, so reasons for Safari's decline are muddier. One possibility: Those who used both Windows and OS X/macOS -- perhaps one at work, the other at home -- may have shifted to the common denominator of Chrome for the convenience of bookmark and password synchronization. Under that theory, a small increase of Chrome on OS X/macOS was simply a side effect of the much larger rise of Chrome on Windows.

Author : Gregg Keizer

Source : http://www.computerworld.com/article/3176061/web-browsers/safari-browser-sheds-users-mimicking-ie.html

Categorized in Search Engine

Q. When I type in web searches in the box at the top of the Safari program on my Mac, the browser always brings me Google results. Is there a way to use Bing without having to first go to the Bing page and then type in keywords?

A. Apple’s Safari has several built-in features intended to make web browsing more efficient, including sending your keywords to a default browser when you type them into the Smart Search field at the top of the window. If you want to change the search engine that is automatically used, you can pick a different one in the Safari settings.

Click the Search tab in the Safari settings to change the default search engine. CreditThe New York Times

Open the Safari program, and in the Safari menu in the top-left corner of the toolbar, select Preferences. As a shortcut, you can also press the Command and comma keys on the keyboard to open the Preferences box without going through menus.

In the Safari Preferences box, click the Search tab. Here, you can change the browser’s default search engine. If you do not want to use Google, you can switch to YahooBing or the privacy-minded DuckDuckGo (which does not collect personal information when you use it).

The Search tab has a few other settings you can change, like whether to include search-engine suggestions or get Safari Suggestions (which bring results from iTunes, the App Store and places near your location, among other sources). Additionally, Safari allows you to turn off the ability to search within a site from the Smart Search field — just disable the “Enable Quick Website Search” option.

If you would rather Safari not start immediately displaying a page it thinks best matches your request (based on your browsing history), turn off the checkbox next to “Pre-load top hit in the background.” Finally, if you don’t like the big window of icons from your Favorite sites, you can shut it down by turning off the checkbox next to Show Favorites.


Source:  http://www.nytimes.com/

Categorized in Search Engine

It’s easy to find text on a page with a desktop browser, with just a keyboard shortcut you’ll have a search field. This is a bit different in the world of smaller mobile screens though, and if you need to find text on a current web page with Safari for iPhone or iPod touch you’ll need to do the following instead:

This is the same with Safari for iOS 6 and iOS 5:

  • While on the page you wish to search, type the phrase or text you want to search for in the upper right corners Search box
  • With the suggestions populated, swipe down to the bottom of the suggestion list to find “On This Page (x matches) and tap on ‘Find “search text”‘

Search on Page in Safari for iPhone and iPod touch

After you type “Find” the matched search terms will be highlighted in yellow, just like in Safari on Mac OS X or Windows. When finished tap on the blue “Done” button and the search phrase will no longer be highlighted.

Find on Page in Safari for iPhone

This is the same for iPhone and iPod touch, though it’s a bit easier on the iPad, where the Find On Page item is attached to the top of the onscreen iOS keyboard.

With Apple simplifying the Safari UI within OS X Mountain Lion to include an omnibar, we should probably expect this feature in iOS to change slightly with it and adopt the same omnibar. If that happens, chances are you’ll just tap in the universal bar to perform the same functionality.

Source:  osxdaily.com

Categorized in Search Engine

Have you ever noticed that when you launch Safari on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, before you can really use the app it often has to refresh the last active web page? This slows down your browsing, and while on newer hardware it doesn’t happen too often and it’s not a terribly long delay, on the iPhone 3G and older iPod touch it’s dreadfully slow.

A simple solution to speed up Safari in iOS is to load a blank page by bookmarking one, here’s how to do 


  • Tap on Safari to launch the app
  • Tap onto the URL field and type “about:blank” and then choose “Open” – this loads a blank page in Safari
  • Now tap on the bottom Share arrow icon and select “Add to Home Screen” to create a bookmark
  • Label this something like “New Safari” and tap on “Add”

You’ll now find a blank white Safari icon on your iOS home screen, drag this to where ever you’ll use it (even the iOS dock to replace Safari if you want), and now when you tap on that white bookmark, Safari will load almost instantly since it no longer has to refresh the last visited page and instead it just loads a blank white page.

As I mentioned earlier, this is a great tip for older hardware in particular, especially anyone coping with the painfully slow experience of iOS 4+ on an iPhone 3G or an older iPod touch.

The only real downside is that the white icon isn’t as attractive as the Safari default icon, this can’t be changed unless you’re jailbroken.

This tip comes from MacWorld via Carlos, thanks for the submission!

Source:  osxdaily.com

Categorized in Internet Technology

Safari is easy to use, but you may never find all of its useful features unless you go looking for them. iPads have many useful navigation tricks you may never stumble across, and Safari has its own tricks.

The screenshots here were taken on an iPad, but Safari functions very similarly on an iPhone. Safari for Mac is a full desktop browser and works differently, although all versions of Safari sync with each other. 

Find in Page

Safari has a Find in Page feature, although it’s a bit hidden. To perform a search for words on the current page, tap the address bar and type your search. Tap the Find option under On This Page at the bottom of the list to search the current page. If you don’t see this option, scroll down — it may be obscured by the on-screen keyboard.


Swipe to Go Back and Forward

You can go back a page or go forward a page by swiping from either side of your screen. For example, to go back to the previous page, place your finger at the left side of the screen and slide it towards the center of the screen.


Enable Reader Mode

Safari offers a special reader mode that simplifies articles on web pages. Reader Mode strips away all the navigation elements and shows you only the essential bits of the article — the article text and its images. To view the current web page in Reader Mode, just tap the icon at the left side of Safari’s address bar — it looks like several horizontal black lines.


Save Web Pages for Offline Reading

The built-in Reading List feature in Safari allows you to save a list of web pages you want to read later. It works sort of like Pocket, Instapaper, and similar applications. Like these other applications, Reading List also downloads an offline copy of the pages add for later reading, so you can view them offline.

To add a web page to your Reading List, tap the Share button on the toolbar and tap Add to Reading List.


To access your Reading List, tap the book icon on the toolbar and tap the eyeglasses. To remove an article from this list, swipe it to the left and tap the Delete button that appears.


Use Bookmarklets Like Browser Extensions

Safari for iOS doesn’t support browser extensions, but it does support bookmarklets. Bookmarklets are small bits of JavaScript that can be saved as a bookmark. When you open the bookmarklet from your bookmarks, the JavaScript will be executed on the current page. Bookmarklets can take the place of many browser extensions.

For example, if you use Pocket, you normally can’t share pages from Safari directly to Pocket. Install the Pocket bookmarklet and you can open your bookmarks and tap Save to Pocket to add the current page to your Pocket queue for later reading. Bookmarklets can be used in many, many other ways.


Clear Private Data and Change Settings

Safari’s settings aren’t exposed in Safari itself. If you’d like to clear your private browsing data, change your default search engine, or tweak any other settings, you’ll need to do it from the system-wide Setting app.

To access Safari’s settings, go back to your home screen, tap the Settings icon, and select the Safari category in the sidebar.


Sync Browser Data With iCloud

Safari’s iCloud integration allows you to synchronize your saved passwords, open tabs, favorites, and other browser data with your iCloud account. This data will sync back and forth with the Safari browser on iOS and Mac OS X, so it works well if you have Apple hardware. Just tap the cloud icon on Safari’s toolbar to view open tabs from your other devices.

Apple no longer supports Safari for Windows, but they do provide another solution for Windows users. Install Apple’s iCloud Control Panel and you’ll be able to sync bookmarks with Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer.

icloud bookmark sync on windows

Activate Private Browsing Mode

Safari offers a private browsing mode. Any browsing you do in private browsing mode won’t leave any “tracks” — history entries, cookies, and other similar usage data. Because it doesn’t save any cookies, it also ensures you’ll be logged out of any websites you logged into as soon as you leave private browsing mode.

To activate private browsing mode, open a new tab with the + button on the toolbar and tap the Private button at the bottom of the Favorites page. Safari’s toolbars and interface will turn from white to near black, indicating that you’re browsing privately. To leave private browsing mode, open a new tab again and tap the Private option at the bottom of the page.


If you have an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch that your kids use, you can also enable Restrictions. Restrictions function as parental controls, blocking access to websites you don’t approve of and allowing you to lock down your device in other ways.

Source : howtogeek

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