Among third-party options like Chrome and Firefox, Apple's Safari browser for OS X offers a well-integrated and easy option for viewing Web content on a Mac. However, there are some default settings in Safari that, with a few tweaks, can offer some enhancements to your browsing experience.Set homepage options The first options are those you will see whenever you create a new Safari window or tab, and these are located in the General section of the Safari preferences. In here, you can choose to open new windows and tabs with an empty page, Safari's Top Sites view, … Read more
If you haven't upgraded your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iOS 7 yet, I have only one question: What are you waiting for?
That's not to say the new version of Apple's mobile OS is perfect. Here are four iOS 7 privacy settings you may want to review.
1. Clear and disable Frequent Locations Some people don't mind Apple tracking their location and retaining a history of the places where they use their iOS 7 devices. The rest of us have to disable the mobile OS's Frequent Locations feature, which is enabled by default.… Read more
Google agreed Monday to pay $17 million to settle claims from 36 states and the District of Columbia that the company violated user privacy when circumventing the tracking cookie blockers in Apple's Safari browser.
The fine follows revelations that Google installed tracking cookies on Safari users' computers without permission to assist its DoubleClick advertising business, bypassing Safari's default settings that block third-party tracking cookies.
Google has denied that the violations occurred intentionally, but agreed to the fines nonetheless.
StartPage HTTPS Search for Safari for Mac provides an elegant solution for anonymous Web browsing in the form of a small but powerful Safari extension. The service is based on Google, which means that users can enjoy the benefits of the world's top search engine without any of the major security concerns. If browser security is important to you, you'll like this extension.
After installing StartPage HTTPS Search for Safari, you'll notice a new button on the toolbar to the left of the address field. Clicking on it pops up a text field that links to StartPage'… Read more
Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks is now available, bringing iOS features into the fold along with other additions, including iBooks, Apple Maps, Finder Tabs, and a number of other time-saving enhancements. As a free download from the Mac App Store, Mavericks gives you better security, new features for all the core apps, and tons of handy additions that make it a no-brainer to upgrade.
With Windows 8.1 hitting last week, Apple's Mavericks provides a stark contrast to the vision of Microsoft's operating system. Microsoft's stated intent was to break into the mobile space by creating … Read more
As part of its OS X Mavericks release, Apple has included version 7 of its Safari Web browser, which not only offers compatibility with the new operating system, but also brings some enhanced features. One of these is a new plug-in manager that allows you to enable or disable plug-ins, either globally or on a per-site basis.
While the technologies built into Apple's Safari browser are relatively safe and constantly updated, some of the notable security breaches have come from the use of third-party plug-ins such as Java and Flash, among others. Since a good portion of Web content … Read more
IxQuick Search for Safari for Mac enables you to carry out private and secure Web searches. Its good integration with Safari and nice design make it a worthwhile extension if you're tired of Google and other search engines and are concerned about the amount of data they gather about you.
IxQuick Search for Safari installs directly into the Safari browser as an extension, acting as a search engine that promises not to track your search information. To carry out private Web searches, you have to click on the extension icon next to the URL field and enter your keywords … Read more
Safari pulled in the highest usability score among the top five mobile browsers, according to a new report from Fixya.
Apple's mobile browser took home a grade of 1.31, far outpacing the stock Android browser, Opera, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. The scores were assigned based on the number of problems reported on Fixya, along with market share data from NetMarketShare. The fewer "problem impressions" given to each browser, the higher the score.
In Safari's favor were its simple interface, its Reading List feature, and its ability to let users perform multiple tasks from a … Read more
A federal judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit against Google, finding that the Web giant's browser cookie-tracking practices had not caused them any harm.
The lawsuit, which was filed in February 2012 by users of Web browsers from Apple and Microsoft, accused Google and three other online advertising companies of having "tricked" the Web browsers into accepting cookies that enabled Google to serve the plaintiffs targeted advertising. The lawsuit was filed soon after it was revealed that Google used special code to get around users' privacy controls in Safari and Internet Explorer in order to track users … Read more
After spending hundreds of dollars on a new digital SLR, the last thing most people want to do is lay out more money for accessories.
Unfortunately, your dSLR's pop-up flash isn't good for much beyond lighting (or blinding) nearby subjects with a blast of direct light; little use to those who bought a camera with a kit lens that zooms past 100mm.
The Rogue Safari from ExpoImaging inexpensively addresses that problem by taking the available light from your pop-up flash and throws it beyond its normal range.
Designed for entry-level and midrange Canon APS-C and Nikon DX digital … Read more