Turn off web­site track­ing in Sa­fari 11

Sa­fari 11 uses In­tel­li­gent Track­ing Preven­tion to stop web­sites cross-site track­ing your web ac­tiv­i­ties. Ro­man Loy­ola re­ports

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Ever do some­thing on the web, like shop for shoes, and then no­tice that ev­ery other web­site you visit has ads for shoes? That’s the re­sult of web­site track­ing. It’s a lit­tle creepy, the idea that you’re es­sen­tially be­ing fol­lowed on the web, tar­geted with ad­ver­tis­ing.

Ap­ple’s Sa­fari uses We­bKit as its en­gine to present web­sites through a browser win­dow. We­bKit has fea­tures to re­duce the amount of

track­ing a site does, and the lat­est fea­ture is called In­tel­li­gent Track­ing Preven­tion. ITP cuts down on the abil­ity of a site to do cross-site track­ing, which leads to the ex­pe­ri­ence I men­tioned above.

Sa­fari 11 in High Sierra and Sierra uses ITP. You have the op­tion of turn­ing it on or off. Here’s how.

1. In Sa­fari, go to Sa­fari > Pref­er­ences.

2. Click on the Pri­vacy icon at the top of the win­dow.

3. In the ‘Web­site track­ing’ sec­tion, you have the op­tion to set ‘Ask web­sites not to track me’. A web­site may track what you’re do­ing dur­ing your visit. You can tell Sa­fari to ask that web­site not to track you. Some web­sites will hon­our the re­quest, some won’t.

4. Check the boxes if you want these fea­tures turned on.

5. Close the pref­er­ences win­dow when you are done.

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