1 Reply Latest reply: Feb 9, 2013 12:12 PM by Linc Davis
Steve McRea Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)

I'm aware that this maybe a sensitive issue on this forum and no decent is intended.


However I have heard rumor on the TV that URL's are tracked when using Safari.


IF and it's a big IF this is true then is it possible to switch this off?


No finger pointing or accusing intended.. just a straight question.



iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), 16G of RAM, Pegasus R4
  • 1. Re: Tracking URL's?
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,365 points)

    There are some easy steps you can take to enhance your privacy on the Web.


    From the Safari menu bar, select

    Safari Preferences Extensions


    Take an inventory of the extensions you've installed, if any. Some Safari extensions are adware or spyware. Read the privacy policies or terms of use carefully. Remove any that you don't really need or aren't sure about.


    One extension that you may want to install is called "Ghostery." It blocks many tracking cookies. But there are reports that it sometimes causes Safari to crash. I use it and have had no problems.


    In the Safari preferences dialog, select the Privacy tab. Here you have the option to remove data, such as cookies, stored on your computer by web servers. You can remove all such data, or remove only some of it by clicking the Details button. The other settings are pretty much self-explanatory.


    On a more advanced level, you can change the DNS servers used by your computer, or your router, to look up the addresses of all Internet servers that you use. In general, the best choice from the standpoint of privacy is to use your ISP's DNS servers. Your Internet traffic goes through your ISP's network anyway, so in theory there's no loss of privacy in using its DNS servers. Avoid third-party DNS services such as "OpenDNS," which is in the business of selling information about you to marketers.


    Consider using ad-blocking software such as "GlimmerBlocker," which also blocks some forms of JavaScript abuse that can be used to track you. It's only suitable for advanced users, and it may block some web content that you want to see.


    When using a public network such as a Wi-Fi hotspot, keep in mind that others connected to the same network may be able to eavesdrop on your network traffic. They won't be able to read the contents of that traffic if you connect to secure websites such as this one, but they will know the addresses of the sites. The same goes for email and messaging. Some public VPN services market themselves as a solution to this problem, but using those services may have serious security and privacy implications.