Privacy settings

This post is a combination of previous posts about privacy settings in mac and ios.

Safari do not track:
Safari gives users the option to enable the ‘do not track’ feature. It’s easy to enable:

  • safari > preferences > privacy > Ask websites not to track me

Safari prevent cross-site tracking

A second option available is “prevent cross-site tracking”

  • safari > preferences > privacy > prevent cross site tracking

I’d recommend enabling this too (it prevents cookies being accessed on domains where they weren’t set).

privacy settings


Privacy settings in safari on ios

Safari on iphone and ipad has the same do-not-track and prevent-cross-site-cookies settings. To access the settings, go to:

  • settings app > safari > privacy and security section > prevent cross site tracking
  • settings app > safari > privacy and security section >do not track


Another weapon in your privacy arsenal is the humble ad-blocker. There are many available (adblock, ublock, etc) – I’d recomment installing ublock-origin on all your browsers (search the extensions section of your browser).

Another way to prevent adverts (and associated tracking cookies) is to block them at the network level. I have a few posts about this:

PiHole on a Raspberry Pi

Using a custom hosts file

Blocking Ads using dnsmasq

PiHole on a Raspberry Pi

Using custom hosts and dnsmasq to block ads on a dd-wrt router

Creating Secure Passwords

Use lastpass (it got broken into before, but they do have awesome features)
They have a security check that compares all the passwords you have to each other and lets you quickly update compromised paswords and duplicate passowrds, etc. Its also cross browser and cross device

Use the safari password suggest password feature

Places to look to see if you are on a leaked email list
Enter an email address (you should use your own…) and find if your info has been leaked. It wont tell you what the information was, only if your info was leaked.

Lastpass recommend chnaging passwords in the following manner:

1) change compromised sites first
You can get this info from lastpass and also from haveibeenpwned

2) change weak passwords
Though this will only rate passwords you have inside lastpass

3) change re-used passwords
Because if someone gets one password, they have them all

4) change old passwords

Once you have done all the steps above (eg changing all your passwords) you should use the lastpass security check to make sure all the passwords for your sites are strong.

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