How to manage privacy and security settings in iOS 11 Safari

Safari is Apple’s web browsing platform that is getting better and better every year. The Cupertino company has been working very hard to make your web browser safe for years. This year, Safari in iOS 11 introduces some new features that’s meant to protect your privacy and make it harder for hackers to steal your personal files.

In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to manage your privacy and security settings in Safari on your iPhone and iPad. Before we begin, make sure you have the latest version of iOS installed on your device. If you are not sure, update your device first (head to Settings > General> Software Update).

  1. How to prevent cross-site tracking in Safari on your iPhone and iPad

In iOS 11, Apple added a long-awaited feature, called Prevent Cross-Site Tracking. As the name implies, the feature prevents Safari websites from tracking you using data gathered from what you have been browsing to offer targeted advertisements. If you want to enable it, you can follow our steps below.

Step one: First off, launch the Settings app from your home screen and then hit Safari to proceed

Step two: Once you are in, just simply turn on the switch for Prevent Cross-Site Tracking under the Privacy & Security section.

  1. How to block cookies in Safari on your iPhone and iPad (iOS 11)

Many Safari webpages now use cookies to store your web browsing history. This practice makes sure that your web browser content loads faster the next time you visit it. While this is a good feature, one major drawback is that this can slow down your iPhone. Therefore, it’s a good idea to block cookies in Safari.  Here’s how.

Step one: Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. After that, scroll down a little bit and tap on Safari

Step two: When you are in, turn on the switch for Block All Cookies under the Privacy & Security section.

  1. How to send requests to websites to ask them not to track you

One of the best things when it comes to iOS 11 Safari is that you can send requests to Safari websites asking them not to track you while browsing the web. Here is how.

Step one: First off, launch the Settings app from your home screen and then hit Safari

Step two: Now just simply turn on the switch for Ask Websites Not To Track Me.

  1. How to disable camera and microphone access on your iPhone or iPad

A lot of iPhone and iPad apps need access to your camera and microphone. If you want a little bit of privacy, it’s a good idea to disable camera and microphone access on your device. Here is how.

Step one: Launch the Settings app on your device and then hit Safari

Step two: Turn off the switch for Camera & Microphone Access.

  1. How to clear out your browsing data in Safari

Step one: First off, launch Settings on your device and then hit Safari

Step two: Once you are in, hit Clear History and Website Data, and then select Clear History and Data to confirm.

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