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MacBook Air Portable Genius, 4th Edition by Paul McFedries

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Solving Safari Troubles

Safari runs smoothly for the most part, but sometimes you’ll need to overcome obstacles or simply adjust some preferences, such as how Safari tracks your web browsing. On rare occasions, you may encounter a website that won’t open. You can work around that with Terminal. Even exporting your old Favorites from Internet Explorer isn’t an insurmountable task for Safari!

You want to hide your browsing tracks in Safari

The sites you visit on your own time are nobody else’s business but your own, of course. However, in the interest of convenience, Safari keeps careful track of the sites you visit and the pages within those sites that you load. This information is stored in various Safari areas, particularly the history, but also in cookies and the Downloads window. If you’re worried about other people seeing where you’ve been browsing, you need to remove some (or all) of this data.

For starters, consider the fact that it’s distressingly easy to take a wrong turn on the web and end up in a bad part of town. You might click an apparently innocuous link in a web page or an e-mail message and land on a page that contains pornography, spam links, phishing code, or even malware. Of course, you make tracks to a safer neighborhood right away, but that site still lurks in your browser history. To ensure that no one sees the site in your history and to prevent you (or someone else) from accidentally revisiting the site, you should delete it from the history.

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