Mac is the most secure computing system when compared to other casually popular systems.
And when you are browsing then you would need a best-secured computing system that can cover your tracks.
No! I’m not going to talk about how to physically cover your tracks while browsing, this article is about how you can hide and cover your tracks in the virtual world of the internet.
Here are some tricks and settings that you should toggle before browsing on Mac.
Top 10 Settings that you Should Tweak on Safari!
Here we are going to talk about the best and effective settings that will help you browse on the Mac more securely and efficiently.
Enable Link Preview In Status Bar
When you are browsing through the I internet then there will be several types of Hyperlinks that can make you browsing experience hard and worst.
Well, in this case, some links will take you where you wanted to actually visit and some links will redirect you to phishing websites that will make you enter your personal details and then steal it.
To enable it you need to click on the menu bar and then select the show status bar option to enable it.
And when you have enabled the setting then you will be able to see link previews at the bottom left side of the screen.
Show the Entire URL in the Address Bar
By default when you are using safari then in the address bar safari displays only the domain name of the website that you want to enter.
I know this is all done to make look safari minimalist thus it also hides some vital information such as the location of the website.
And if you want to enable these settings then go to Safari select Preferences, and when done that click on the Advanced tab.
Make sure you have checked the Show full website address box to enable it.
Now: Safari will display the full address on the address bar of the website.
Use Reader View Automatically for all Websites
Whenever you come across a messy webpage in Safari, you can simply click on the Reader View icon to declutter the webpage and view it in an easy-to-read format.
What if you’re spoiled with the simplicity of the Reader view and want to use it on all websites automatically?
That’s possible with the following steps:
Stop Plugins to Save Power
Browser plugins like Flash and Java aren’t common in the modern age of the internet.
However, you might still come across some sites that use them for videos, ads, or other content.
Check the Stop plug-ins to save power box and your browser will automatically suspend unnecessary plugins.
Block Auto-Playing Videos
Don’t you hate it when you’re browsing a website and a video starts playing automatically without your consent?
It’s a pain to fumble around your open tabs to find the offending page and close it. You could mute that tab, but the video will keep playing, which wastes resources.
To resolve this problem, Safari lets you block all auto-playing videos. To do so, open Safari > Preferences and head to the Websites tab.
Here, select Auto-Play from the sidebar on the left. On this page, you can configure websites to either Stop Media with Sound or Never Auto-Play videos.
Disable Website Notifications
Sometimes, browser notifications can be useful. For instance, when you have Gmail open, the site can send you a push notification to alert you of new messages.
But some pages abuse this feature to deliver ads or other unwanted content.
If you’d like to disallow all websites from sending you to push notifications, uncheck the Allow websites to ask for permission to send notifications box.
Enable Picture-in-Picture for Videos
Did you know that the handy picture-in-picture (PiP) feature is available in Safari?
This lets you pop out a video to a small window that you can move anywhere while keeping it on top of other windows.
To use PiP in Safari, start playing a video, such as something on YouTube.
Then click and hold the volume button in the Safari address bar and select Enter Picture in Picture.
Once you download it from the App Store, open Safari > Preferences > Extensions and check the PiPifier button.
After it’s enabled, you should see a pop-out button in your toolbar.
When you’re playing an HTML5 video, just click on this button to play it in PiP mode. Make sure to play and pause a video once before you click on the button.
View Favicons In the Tab Bar
You’d probably agree that it’s easier to identify tabs by their favicons instead of just the page title.
This is especially the case when you’ve got lots of tabs open. In macOS Mojave, Apple finally brought the ability to display icons in tabs.
If you want to toggle the settings of favicon then o to Safari select Preferences and select Tabs. And there you will need to check the checkbox of Show website icons.
Utilize Quick Website Search
When you have the Safari’s address bar then you will have the power of searching several websites.
You will have access to several websites. For instance, you can search Wikipedia by typing “Wikipedia [query]” in the address bar.
This helps you save a few clicks and navigate faster. Even better, this supports a range of websites.
To check out a list of all supported sites, open Safari > Preferences > Search. Click on Manage Websites to take a look.
Set the Default Search Engine
Not everyone is a Google fan. Since you probably use the search function in Safari every day, setting up the default search engine is another minor change that can make a big difference.
You can choose from Google, Yahoo, Bing, or DuckDuckGo as your default.
To edit the settings go to Safari then select Preferences and then select the Search tab in the preference tab.
Next to the Search engine, select an option from the dropdown menu.
From then on, when you enter a search term into the Safari address bar, your results will display from your chosen search engine.