PC user for 4+ decades, brand new to Mac. Trying to fully drink the Kool-Aid by using Safari, however I am surprised at what I am finding regarding cookies.
1) I see the settings under Website Tracking to “Prevent cross-site tracking”. Is that the Safari equivalent to the more typical “Block all 3rd Party Cookies” you would find in other browsers?
2) With the Prevent cross-site tracking turned on, I still see far too many cookies being stored, from the notorious tracking sites (Google, Facebook, Twitter etc.), that I have absolutely never browsed to such that cookies & cache should be stored. Am I wrong in assuming that Safari is sorely lacking in it’s prevention of cross-site tracking?
3) With all that said, I am shocked that, so far, I cannot find any browser extensions or tools for managing and cleaning-up cookies. In FireFox, one of my main goto extensions is “Cookie AutoDelete”. The ability to whitelist certain sites for retention while deleting all the rest upon browser, or better yet Tab, closure is the ultimate capability from my perspective.
4) To but an umbrella question over the 3 items above, am I missing a resource that I just haven’t yet discovered in my whopping 1 week of Mac and Safari usage so far? If so, or if not, why does the micro (or even macro) management of Cookies seem to be a no-show in Safari out-of-the-box, or view extensions or utility apps?
As I acclimate to the peculiarities of Safari, I am learning to appreciate it. However, cookie management seems all but ignored. Manually running through the Privacy > Manage Website Data is far too painful and is driving me to want to install FireFox.
By the way… Being a deep-dive PC user with 40+ years of IT background, one of my main concerns in shifting to a Mac was the idea of how long it would take me to acquire a reasonably equivalent understanding or Macs as I do PCs. Of all the resources and YouTube channels I have been inundating myself with, yours is BY FAR the greatest resource for the types of things I am trying to learn. Thank you so much for what you do, and your approach to doing it.
The “why” is to minimize exposure to data farming from my browser cookies and local caches. Finding something functionally equivalent to what the “Cookie AutoDelete” extension does for FireFox is what I am after.
Device: Mac Running Big Sur