Safari Browser in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave to Feature Enhanced Privacy Tools

In iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, Apple's Safari browser will include some powerful new privacy features. When viewing sites in Safari, "like" and "share" social media buttons, as well as comment fields, embedded on pages will be prevented from automatically tracking users until they're interacted with.

When users do interact with these items, they'll be shown an alert warning them that they may then be tracked.

There will also be new security measures to prevent digital fingerprinting, or the use of things like installed fonts and plug-ins to help track users across the internet even with privacy settings active. Websites will be given a stripped down, simplified system configuration so every user's Mac looks like every other user's Mac.

Safari will also gain new password organizing features that automatically creates and stores passwords and flags reused passwords between sites so they can be changed.

The new Safari will be released this fall for iOS and macOS.

Related Roundup: iOS 12


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7 months ago
That is exactly the way apple should go. Security for everyone!
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7 months ago
I currently use plugins to get this behavior. I think it is a major plus that this will be the default.
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7 months ago
Privacy is the true killer feature, not Animojis
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7 months ago
The fact that Safari 12 will support favicons in tabs in huge. Safari is the best browser on the Mac for battery life, but I never used it because of this one little thing. This will finally make the browser usable for me! Dark mode is just the cherry on top. :)
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7 months ago
I love Apple's focus on web privacy. Quite often it ends up benefiting everyone because these changes slowly trickle down to other browsers.
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7 months ago
This will make a lot of companies not very happy to which I say go eff yourself.

Didn't see many useful features in this new macOS version but besides system-wide dark mode this is a really good thing.
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7 months ago

Considering the gigabytes of information most users world wide have probably already been collected and stored, this may be closing the barn door after all the horses have escaped.

Well at least you can prevent your replacement horsing from escaping in the future. Otherwise, you probably aren't a very good rancher.
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7 months ago

He said it removes support for “Legacy” plugins. Does that include Flash?

I hope so
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7 months ago
This is a great move for user privacy. Thanks Apple!!
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7 months ago

You make a very valid point about the problem of too much information residing beyond the control of the people the data pertains / belongs to. I whole heartedly agree with you. I still welcome this step by Apple to reduce the stream of fresh data that is being logged by websites and sold to marketers. It is a step in the right direction even though I wish the step had been taken long ago.


I can think of a way to somewhat restore people's privacy but I don't think it will happen, and it certainly won't happen voluntarily. Pass a law that you own your own information that is about you. A company wants to pay you to use it, fine. But you know the terms and how the information is going to be used, and you can withdraw that permission if they violate the agreement or whenever the contract runs out. And no lifetime contracts. A law like that won't happen because too many businesses depend on access and they won't give it up.
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