Join Jess Stratton for an in-depth discussion in this video Checking settings for Safari, part of Learning Computer Security and Internet Safety.
- This time we're checking the security settings of the browser that comes with the Apple computers, Safari. Like before, let's first check to make sure it's updated. Safari works a little bit differently. Safari updates come with regular security updates in the App Store. If you see a notification in the App Store, see if it contains an update for the Safari browser. And then you can chose whether or not you want to get that update based on what else it's packaged with. But for now, let's head back to the browser and let's go over some security settings. Click Safari on the top of the screen and chose Preferences.
The first thing we're going to do is visit the Security tab. Make sure you have Block pop-up windows checked and then in the Fraudulent sites section place a check box next to Warn when visiting a fraudulent site. Now let's head to the Privacy tab. Like Chrome, you can also be prompted if a website wants to track your physical location. You can limit this access in Safari. For example, you can be prompted for each website once a day or Prompt for each website only once or you can never give a website your location.
It's your personal preference. Finally, Safari gives you the option to remove your web history everyday or at other designated intervals, not every time you close out of your browser. To set this option, click General and then change the option for the Remove history items. For example, you can do it manually and I'll show you how to do that in a later video, you can have it automatically be removed after two weeks, after one week, or after one day. So, you can have your browsing history removed at the end of every day, not at the end of every time you close out of the browser.
When your all done, click the X in the top, left hand side of the dialog box. And up next, I'll show you how to tell if a website is secure or not before submitting any of your personal or financial information to it.
- Installing updates
- Using antivirus software and protecting against viruses
- Enabling Windows Firewall
- Using password-management software
- Encrypting files that contain sensitive data
- Securing your router and protecting the SSID
- Understanding the signs of a secure website
- Checking settings for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari
- Unsubscribing from email subscriptions
- Reviewing site privacy settings
- Browsing on a public computer
- Understanding cookies
- Protecting other people's names and locations
- Fact-checking email warnings