Safari is known as the default browser for iPhone, iPad, MacBook devices belonging to Apple’s operating system. This tool is equipped with many features by the Apple family, but sometimes it still exists “loopholes” for hackers to steal information.
1. Use DuckDuckGo as a search engine
As you know, popular search engines like Google or Bing record information that users enter to serve many purposes.
Therefore, if you want to better protect personal information when searching, users can switch to DuckDuckGo – a search engine created with the purpose of protecting privacy DuckDuckGo will not provide human information. used for advertising networks.
To change the default search engine on Safari, go to: Settings> Safari> Search Engines> select DuckDuckGo.
So, when you want to search for information, you just need to type the keyword you want to look for in the address bar of your browser and press the Go button to find it then DuckDuckGo interface will appear and return the results found.
2. Turn off the auto fill feature (AutoFill)
On Safari, there is an AutoFill feature that helps automatically fill in your login information and personal information into forms on the website. This feature saves you more time surfing the web.
However, if you accidentally let your iPhone / iPad fall into someone else’s hands, they can steal your information. So, if not absolutely necessary, you can turn off the AutoFill feature.
To do this, go to: Settings> Safari> Autofill> toggle the shortcut buttons on both Use contact info and Credit card.
3. Clear the list of frequently visited sites to increase security for Safari
By default, the Safari home page will display a list of your favorite websites under the Favorites field and frequently visited pages under the Frequently visited field.
If from a security perspective, others can look at the list of websites you visit often to know your habits and behavior, making it easier for hackers to steal your information.
If you want to hide the list of frequently visited websites, go to: Settings> Safari> turn on shortcut at Frequently visited websites.
4. Block cross-site tracking
Currently, there are many websites that will install cookies on users’ computers and collect data, then provide that information to advertising networks. After that, the ad networks will display many advertisements according to the needs of users on many other websites.
If you feel that your search information is being abused too much, you can turn this feature off, so as not to be crawled anymore. Go to: Settings> Safari> Turn off Block Cross Web Tracking.
5. Turn on phishing website alerts to increase security for Safari
Thanks to data from Google Safe Browsing and Tencent Safe Browsing, when visiting websites with signs of phishing, Safari will display notifications to help you stay alert.
To turn on malicious website warning, go to: Settings> Safari> turn on the switch at Phishing site warning.
6. Turn off automatic Apple Pay linking
Apple Pay is an electronic payment application, so it will contain information about the user’s bank cards. If you turn on the feature to link to Apple Pay, the website will automatically detect if the user’s computer is using Apple Pay or not?
To be more secure, you should turn off websites from checking Apple Pay on your device anymore. To do this, go to: Settings> Safari> turn off the switch at Check Apple Pay.
It can be seen that adding security to Safari is essential to avoid the risk of stealing information from the device user. So if you are using an iPhone / iPad do not forget to ignore the 6 settings above!