MacMost Now 705: Safari Security Settings

Learn about all of the different Safari browser preferences that affect security. You can find them in more places than just the Security tab. Learn what each one does to protect you while you surf online and decide what the best settings are for you.

Comments: 14 Responses to “MacMost Now 705: Safari Security Settings”

    Monja
    8 years ago

    thank you for another great video! you do an awesome job!!!

    Douglas Mattingly
    8 years ago

    So, after this last malware incident, has MacMost changed its position about the need to have anti-virus software?

      8 years ago

      I keep this page updated: http://macmost.com/virus-and-malware
      You can always go there to check.
      Doing those three things would have kept anyone out of trouble during that Java/Flashback incident. I don’t believe that any anti-virus software would have.

    Marshal
    8 years ago

    Hey Gary. Talking about security, I uninstall my Flash and I would appreciate if you make a video explaining the life without Flash. I mean the tips to still running flash if you really need. What I do is run the page in Google Chrome using the “Develop>Open Page With”. Is there any other tip? And I can use a similar step to open a windows that is open in Chrome to open in Safari? The opposite direction.
    Thanks a lot.

      8 years ago

      I wouldn’t recommend uninstalling Flash. Too many sites use it. And as one of the world’s top Flash developers, well, I simply recommend that you DO use Flash. Just keep it up-to-date like everything else.

    Bryan
    8 years ago

    Gary, in the advanced tab under Safari preferences, there is a box to “Show Develop menu in menu bar”. So when you click it and go into the “Develop” section of the main page Safari bar, there is an option “Send do not track HTTP header” as well as a “Disable Site Specific-Hacks” function at the bottom of its list. Is clicking on any of these two options going to enhance the security of Safari or would doing doing so be redundant? What are these options by the way?

      8 years ago

      This menu is for people that develop web sites and the functions in it assist in development. For instance, the “do not track” will help developers visit their site as a first-time user. The “Site Specific-Hacks” one turns off a feature that allows Safari to render some specific sites properly, even though those sites do not follow web standards but instead use specific (usually MSIE) code.
      So neither of these will help you with security. The first one might, but it will also disable a lot of functionality at a lot of sites.

    Frank
    8 years ago

    I use Safari and do not have Flash installed on my Mac. When encountering Flash content on the web that I want to observe I switch to the Chrome browser using “Open Page With” under the Develop menu in the pull down menu bar. The Chrome browser has Flash built in. IMO this process is a small inconvenience compared to all the problems I have encountered associated with having Flash installed.

    Marshal
    8 years ago

    Ok Gary. I understand you position about still having Flash. But I prefer to live like this guy. I feel more secure.
    What I really want to know is:
    Does exist a step like we do to open a page, that is in Safari, in Chrome but the reverse step?

      8 years ago

      I don’t know. I don’t know of an easy way to do that. You could always copy and paste the URL, or drag and drop the address onto the app icon in the Dock.

        Marshal
        8 years ago

        Man, you’re amazing. Why I don’t think about drag and drop? This is even more easy than Develop>Open page with…
        Thanks a lot Gary.

    Martino
    8 years ago

    Gary, this is a little off topic. But there is a setting to change the Keychain password so that it doesn’t use your login account one (some say that you should change it as a security precaution). To me it seems a bit redundant to do so. Although, Keychain does store your Mail/Router passwords etc. Changing it doesn’t seem to make you any more secure. In fact changing it can create a hassle for you, especially when you’re then required a password every time you access mail. So am I correct in my thinking here or should I really change it?

      8 years ago

      Up to you. I think it is overkill, but I guess there are situations…

    Mr Anthony Cotton
    8 years ago

    I have a simple software programme installed called Do Not Track Plus,and it can show you who`s tracking you. The main one that`s always there is Google Analytics. Just a couple of nights ago,a warning came up from Google saying that this may harm your computer,and i was took to a Google page telling me that my ISP that this website is under scrutiny for illegal downloads of copy right material. I was doing research about the Bible? The one that keeps turning up is this poker site,and i definitely know,you can get bugs,and viruses from this site,but nothing has been done about it. Thanks for your video Gary

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