Most people want to keep their Internet activities private. It isn’t that we are necessarily doing something illegal or immoral (most of the time), we just don’t think our browsing activities are anyone’s business but our own.
Safari comes with a few options to help you keep your business to yourself and your browser secure from others’ prying eyes.
We were excited to hear that Apple had a record-setting quarter for iPhone sales. CEO Tim Cook pointed out that many of the iPhone 4 buyers are first-time iOS users. Of the 31 million new iPhone buyers out there, some of them don’t know anything about their new gadgets. Some of them will be looking for guidance. That is who these basic tutorials are for. So, if you already know this stuff, feel free to skip it. However, if you didn’t know you could adjust your privacy settings for Safari on your iPhone, this post is for you. Welcome to the iOS ecosystem…
I like to clear my browser history every few days, just for the fun of it. I’m the only one that uses my iPhone and iPad, so I don’t worry about the wrong person seeing my activities. It just makes me feel good to clean out those cobwebs.
How to clear browsing history in Safari
To clear your browser history in Safari on your iOS device:
Step 1: Go to Settings > Safari > Clear History
How to clear cookies in Safari
To clear those helpful but busybody cookies that leave crumbs all over your iPhone:
Step 1: Go to Settings > Safari > Clear Cookies and Data
Step 2: Accept Cookies > Never
How to remove website data in Safari
You can also clear other stored information from your iOS device in the Advanced menu.
Step 1: Go to Settings > Safari
Step 2: Advanced > Website Data
Step 3: Scroll down to the “Remove All Website Data” tab.
Step 3: Tap the “Edit” tab in the upper right corner.
Step 4: Manually delete websites.
How to turn on Private Browsing in Safari
If you want to check out a new job offer while using your current employer’s iPad, you can turn on Private Browsing for iOS.
Step 1: Settings > Safari > Private Browsing
Step 2: Toggle the switch to the “On” position.
Toggle the Fraud Warning switch on if you want to be warned when you are about to visit a site that is suspected of phishing.
Toggle the Block Pop-ups switch off if you want to visit a website that requires you to allow pop-ups.
Now you have a bit of control over whether others can see your Internet browsing activities in Safari on your iOS device. I have no advice for what to do when your wife finds your “P” drive.