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Look, I'm the last one to suggest that you have something to hide, but there are definitely times when you don't want Safari keeping track of your every web movement. When you're working on a sensitive project at work, for example. In this movie we'll examine how to better maintain your privacy on the web. Now before we talk about of erasing your tracks let's look at how you can avoid creating those tracks in the first place, and that is by going to the Safari menu and turning on Private Browsing. Simple enough. Do want to turn on Private Browsing? OK does it, and Cancel doesn't do it.
So what exactly does this do? Well, when you turn on Private Browsing Safari doesn't keep track of pages you visit, your search results, or any autofill entries. When you do turn it on, a PRIVATE icon appears in the address bar, indicating that you are now Private Browsing. To turn that off, you can just click on private, click OK, and it's off. Note that this is setting that you have to turn on every time you launch Safari. It won't stick across sessions.
Okay, so now you know how to keep from leaving tracks, but what about the tracks you've already left? To do that, go to Safari and turn on reset and select Reset Safari. This gives you a load of options. If you leave them all on you pretty much wipe out anything in Safari, but you can choose what to wipe out. So first, clear your history. That way if you to the history menu, nothing will appear there. Reset Top Sites. As I mentioned, as you go to different places around the web Safari will assemble a group of top sites based on your browsing history.
So you can erase that. Any preview images that you've accumulated, you can get rid of those. You can reset all your location warnings, notification warnings, remove all website data, and this is again things like cookies. You can remove your saved names and passwords. You can get rid of any text that is inserted with AutoFill. You can also clear the Downloads list, and you can close all your Safari windows. In most cases you're not going to have all these options turned on and then reset Safari.
However, if you happen to be using somebody else's computer and are using Safari there, it's only polite to erase everything you've done in Safari so they don't end up with weird autofill settings, or they have stuff in their history that they don't care to see. So to invoke all of these things simply click on Reset, and you're done. I don't need to reset anything so I will on Cancel. And by way of reminder, in Preferences you can muck around with your privacy settings there.
You can erase your passwords, and you can remove sites that you've granted access to Notification Center. How vigilant you are about these settings is up to you. I don't worry all that much about privacy except when it comes to my family, but it's personal decision. Now that you know all about these options, you can make surfing with Safari a more private experience.
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