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How to manage privacy settings in Safari on iPhone and iPad


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This article shows you how to use Safari to browse the web without saving history, cookies, cache and other data on your iPhone or iPad.

Block all cookies

If this option is enabled, then all cookies that the site can transmit are blocked. To understand this option, you need to define a cookie.

Cookies (English cookie, literally - cookie) - a small piece of data sent by the web server and stored on the user's computer. A web client (usually a web browser) each time you try to open the page of the corresponding site sends this piece of data to the web server as part of an HTTP request. It is used to save data on the user side.

And now a simple example. There is a site where I am logged in under my nickname sputnik1818. If the cookie ban is enabled, then every time I visit the site I will be asked to log in again. If the option is disabled, the site will accept cookies from me, it will understand that I am sputnik1818 and I will be logged in to the site. Conveniently? To whom it is, but to me yes!

In theory, it makes sense to disable cookies if you are paranoid. More often they still help. And some sites without cookies enabled will not even work correctly.

Attention! Fake site

This option should be enabled for everyone. Its essence is that Safari warns the user about spoofed sites. For example, you go to a site that simulates a real store. Without warning, an inattentive user can pay for the purchase and then find out that these credit cards have leaked and scammers have used them for online purchases.

Do not disable this option ever!

Private access

Well, going through the settings, it’s worth mentioning a special Safari browser mode called Private Access. Private access is included in two clicks:

  1. Switch to open browser mode in the browser. Button with two intersecting squares.
  2. Click the "Private Access" link.

In this mode, the browser border turns dark gray:

Using the "Private access" mode, you can open sites without writing to the history of visits in Safari. The "Private Access" mode is designed to protect personal information and blocks the ability of many websites to monitor user actions. In this mode, Safari does not remember visited pages, search history and information for the autofill function.

Search Engine DuckDuckGo

The article would not be complete without mentioning the DuckDuckGo search engine. This is a special search engine that pays special attention to the privacy of the user. Search results are displayed regardless of user preferences. The system gives the best result for a specific request.

Settings-> Safari-> Search Engine. There, select DuckDuckGo from the list.

Try it - maybe it's better than Google or Yandex. Or maybe not ... Our site is easily located there, which means we consider DuckDuckGo an excellent search engine. :)

Good luck to all! :) If you have questions, ask them in the comments.

Features of the mode

  • Full isolation . Each open tab is not associated with other open pages and allows you not to worry about transferring data from "neighboring" sources,
  • No "memory" . The pages you visit are kept in strict secrecy, including no one finds out about recent searches in search engines, downloaded files (information is never added to the “Downloads” section, but the files are saved on the Mac OS hard drive or on the internal memory of iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone). Additionally, the Handoff mode will not work (again, due to the features of the mode), the tabs will never be saved in iCloud, even with the full synchronization option turned on. And yet - the data of logins and passwords do not remain in the memory and are re-entered each time.

Recently, Apple has strongly encouraged third-party resources not to monitor the activities of users surfing the network in private mode. Of course, not all fulfill the requirements, and therefore it’s worth to cross forces, using VPN (virtual private networks) as well. In such a bunch, the data is really impossible to find! True, you will have to pay for a high-quality VPN, otherwise either the speed will be low, or access will often be interrupted. An alternative is to use a third-party browser like Tor.

Private access mode is officially available starting from version 7 of iOS. If such a function is not found in the Safari browser, it is recommended to download updates for your smartphone, tablet or player (“Settings”, “General” menu, item - “Software update” - the search will take several minutes). If the button you’ve found is found, but there’s no question of proper privacy “cleansing” of recent actions, then it’s worth rebooting the equipment and again going through the points of the instructions described above. The problem is definitely temporary and can be fixed in just a few seconds. Did not work out? .

Incognito means "anonymous." With this mode, the user can freely navigate through the pages of sites, participate in forms, chats, visit social networks. However, the passwords and logins that he enters are not saved.

When a network user visits a website, the device saves not only all of his personal data (passwords, logins, nicknames), but also all the actions he performs on the page. Many data are stored in the form of “cookies” (often these are passwords and logins in unencrypted form). You can find each transition to the next page in the "History" of your device.

Not always, when necessary, there may be a phone or tablet nearby (to visit, for example, your page on a social network), or maybe there is simply no way to connect the device to the network. In such cases, people turn to those who are close with a request to borrow a phone.

But after your innocent entertainment, passwords from sites and forums visited from it are saved. If you trust the person from whom you borrowed the device, or do not hide anything from him, then remembering all personal data is fearless. If this is not observed, then it is necessary to act in the "Incognito" mode in order to protect yourself.

Keep in mind: In an Internet cafe, apple devices, all data is stored.

If you wish, it will not be difficult for the permanent owner of the phone or tablet to find out your personal data, so when working with them it is strongly recommended to use the “Incognito” mode.

How to enable incognito in the Yandex ios browser?

It doesn’t matter which Apple device you are using (iPhone, iPad), the process of enabling the Incognito mode is almost the same:

  • Turn on Yandex Browser.
  • Go to your browser settings.
  • A list will appear immediately, go to the "Advanced" function (in some versions, the transition is available right here: "Tab", "New Tab", "Open a new window in Incognito mode", click on it).

IoS user in incognito mode

If you managed to enable incognito mode in Yandex.Browser, a new window will appear in front of you. It will depict a man in a hat and glasses, the background is usually blackened by this time.
The system warns you, and before entering the request, a message hangs on the page stating that you are in incognito mode and no personal data that will be entered will be saved.

Private mode is one of the most common iPad features. It is so popular with users because it allows you to open resources without saving their addresses in the browser history.

This mode is designed to protect personal information and put a block on the ability of a number of sites to monitor user actions. When enabled, Safari will not remember the addresses visited, the history of search queries and data for auto-filling.

This option helps to greatly increase the anonymity of user actions on the network when working on the iPad. Of course, there are other methods to go unnoticed. And about them, too, will be said in this material. But the main topic of the article is how to make the incognito mode on the iPad.

Recently, it has become even easier to implement. Switching is done directly in the browser. Moreover, the function activation method is the same for all iOS gadgets. So, we proceed to describe it.

In order for the option to work, do this:

  • Launch Safari.
  • Navigate to any resource on the network and tap at the bottom of the display to bring up the navigation buttons.
  • Find an icon that resembles 2 cross squares. Click on it.
  • Go to the private access point to activate anonymous browsing. After that, the history of visits, cookies and cache will not be saved.

To know that everything went smoothly is not difficult. This is done visually. Just look to see if all the browser elements have turned gray. And everywhere - both in the toolbar and on the pages on the network.

But remember that entering and exiting the named mode will not erase the previously saved cache and history. These items are cleared through the browser settings.

To exit the private access mode, you must follow all the same steps that were performed to activate it. After that, all the tabs that were available before activation will reopen.

We go from the iPad to banned sites

Sometimes anonymity is required to access sites that are not available. For example, the user was banned. Or access to a specific resource by residents of other countries by its owner is prohibited.

As you know, for some time resources in a network with illegal content have been ruthlessly blocked by Roskomnadzor. Moreover, the block is superimposed on sites with movies and other videos. In general, with the kind of content that is of most interest to the user. In the future, the list of prohibited resources will only expand. So it’s good for everyone to know how to visit a site in this case.

Two methods for viewing banned sites:

1. Use the Opera mini browser. Its chip is that all traffic through the server is compressed. Therefore, you can easily go to any resource. You can download the browser absolutely free from the App Store.

2. Install an anonymous Tor browser on your Apple tablet. Recently, he also appeared in the store. So the user can not only remain unknown on the network, but also go to the sites on which the block is located. But it should be noted that the download speed will be slightly reduced compared to the usual one.

A few more ways to protect data in Safari

If for some reason the user does not want to use password protection for his iOS gadget, he can use other methods. For example, the function of activating or deactivating auto-completion of forms is very useful.

Thanks to the flexible configuration of this function, you can automatically substitute your data into forms on resources. We are talking about contact details, names, passwords and more. All this creates a certain risk, given that the user does not use a password when removing a block from his device. Work with the option is easily done in the browser settings, in the passwords and auto-fill section.

Even in the same settings, you can make a cookie block. Disable ad tracking. Erase already saved files and data.

Most users have full confidence in Apple's standard software. However, programs downloaded from the store sometimes cause concern. I must say, they are quite justified. After all, today, with the help of gadgets, the user not only communicates and has fun, but also pays bills, transfer funds. There is such a thing as corporate information. That's why the developer pays special attention to ensuring application security.

Apple’s main methods in this area are:

  • Address space randomization The essence of the technology is to introduce random elements into the software memory space. At the same time, if the fraudster will be able to manage the program, he will still need to find out where the shell code is sent. On iOS devices, this technology works in conjunction with non-executable memory.
  • Signature code that helps prevent software from launching from a non-Apple store. It is assigned during the download process of the application in the App Store. If the user does not have this signature, the software is available for launch only if there is a trusted certificate. And it, in turn, can only be set by the developer.
  • Sandbox. All software works in isolation from other applications in iOS.

Summarizing the above, it can be argued that the level of security on all devices running on iOS is quite high. This also applies to the iPad. The only real threat exists for jailbroken devices. This fact gives fraudsters the greatest freedom for action.

Safari has many hidden features. But some of them are already available on the very first browser screen.

This, for example, the ability to view pages in Private access . In some cases, it can really be useful, for example, if you are looking for a gift to a loved one, but do not want him to find it somehow later.

True, if you were looking for information not in this mode, then the history can be viewed. Fortunately, you can delete it yourself. We will tell you how to do it.

Incognito in Safari

By default, Apple's browser has built-in private tabs on both a personal computer and smartphones. And in the first and second - it is built into Safari called under the item "Private mode".

It is known that the history of visited sites in Apple is saved and applies to all devices tied to your account via iCloud. Any user wants to hide some information from prying eyes, therefore this function was created. Therefore, if you do not want the data to be distributed, use it. It will also prevent sites from searching your data from cookies and disable the function of storing entered data and auto-filling.

Activate incognito on PC version of Safari

There are two ways to activate this feature.

The first way is by pressing a hotkey combination:

  1. We go to the main screen.
  2. Press the keyboard shortcut “Command + Shift + N (⌘ + ⇧ + N)” at the same time.
  3. We will open a new tab, which will be incognito.
  4. All that remains is to close the public tab and use the individual.

To finish surfing sites in this position - just close the tab and reopen the browser. When it is opened again and without a hot combination - all the data that will be recorded during its operation will be saved in the history, filling out forms and in the list of downloaded cache materials and files.

The second option is standard and it is performed in the following way:

  1. Open the main screen of the Safari.
  2. Open the settings by clicking in the upper right corner of the symbol in the form of gears.
  3. From the list of settings we are looking for the item "Private access ...".
  4. By clicking on it, we will conduct a brief briefing on this mode and offer to activate it or cancel the action.

To disable this feature, just close all sites open through private and reopening the program will launch Safari in the usual state.

In older versions, to return to the public position - you must go back to the settings and turn off the active tab "Private mode".

Private in browser on smartphone

The function of the private state in the mobile Safari is no different from the computer, except that the only way to start it and the lack of hot combination for its activation.

To open, do the following:

  1. Open a browser on your iOS device.
  2. Click “Tabs” (it is located at the bottom of the screen to the right and resembles two aligned squares with each other).
  3. From the list, look for the item "Private" and select it.
  4. After - the browser switches to this mode and you can click "+" (plus) to open new private tabs.
  5. To switch between private and regular pages, you can click on an existing mode and the program will switch between them.

To close, just click on the cross or separately for each private tab to stay normal.