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Pop-up windows have long been an annoyance that many web surfers would rather do without. While some do serve a purpose, most modern browsers provide a way to suppress them from appearing.

Apple's Safari browser offers an integrated pop-up blocker on both the Windows and Mac platforms, as well as on the iPadiPhone, and iPod touch. This tutorial shows you how to enable or disable this handy feature in a few simple steps.

Block Pop-ups in Mac OS X and macOS Sierra

The pop-up blocker for Mac computers is accessible through the Web contentsection of Safari's settings:

  1. Click Safari in the browser menu, located at the top of the screen.
  2. Choose Preferences when the drop-down menu appears, to open Safari's General Preferences dialog box.=
    You can instead use the Command+Comma (,) shortcut keys in lieu of clicking through the menu.
  3. Click on the Security tab to open the Security Preferences window.
  4. In the Web content section, put a check box next to the option called Block pop-up windows.If this check box is already selected, then Safari's integrated pop-up blocker is currently enabled.

Block Pop-ups on iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch)

The Safari pop-up blocker can be turned on and off on an iOS device too:

  1. From the home screen, open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down the list and tap the Safari option.
  3. In that new list, find the GENERAL section.
  1. In that section is an option called Block Pop-ups. Tap the button to the right to toggle the option on. It will turn green to indicate that Safari is blocking pop-ups.

Safari's Pop-up Blocker Settings on Windows

You can block pop-ups in Safari for Windows with the CTRL+Shift+K keyboard combo or you can follow these steps to do it:

  1. Click the gear icon at the top right of Safari.
  2. In that new menu, click the option called Block Pop-Up Windows.

Another way to enable or disable the pop-up blocker in Safari is through the Preferences > Security > Block pop-up windows option.

Source: This article was published lifewire.com By Scott Orgera

Categorized in How to

APPLE AND GOOGLE are cracking down on obnoxious online ads. And they just might change the way the web works in the process.

Last week Google confirmed that Chrome—the most widely used web browser in the world—will block all ads on sites that include particularly egregious ads, including those that autoplay videos, hog too much of the screen, or make you wait to see the content you just clicked on.

Apple meanwhile announced yesterday that Safari will soon stop websites from automatically playing audio or video without your permission. The company's next browser update will even give users the option to load pages in "Reader" mode by default, which will strip not only ads but many other layout elements. The next version will also step up features to block third parties from tracking what you do online.

But the two companies' plans don't just mean a cleaner web experience. They represent a shift in the way web browsers work. Instead of passively downloading and running whatever code and content a website delivers, these browsers will take an active role shaping your web experience. That means publishers will have to rethink not just their ads but their assumptions about what readers do and don't see when they visit their pages.

For years, browsers have simply served as portals to the web, not tools for shaping the web itself. They take the code they're given and obediently render a page as instructed. Sure, browsers have long blocked pop-up ads and warned users who tried to visit potentially malicious websites. But beyond letting you change the font size, browsers don't typically let you do much to change the content of a page.

"Browsers have always been about standards and making sure that all browsers show the same content," says Firefox vice president of product Nick Nguyen. "It's been a neutral view of the web."

The problem is that this complacency has led to a crappier web. Publishers plaster their sites with ads that automatically play video and audio without your permission. Advertisers collect data about the pages you visit. And criminals sometimes use bad ads to deliver malware.

Many people have taken the matter into their own hands by installing plugins to block ads or trackers. About 26 percent of internet users have ad blockers on their computers, according to a survey conducted by the Interactive Advertising Bureau. Some 10 percent have ad blockers on their phones.

Now browser-makers are starting to build these types of features right into their products. Firefox added tracker-blocking to its private browser mode in 2015, and Opera added an optional ad-blocking feature last year. Meanwhile, newer companies like Brave and Cliqz have launched privacy-centric browsers of their own.

Now, thanks to Apple and Google, this trend is going mainstream. About 54 percent of all web surfers used Chrome last month, according to StatCounter, and about 14 percent used Safari. In other words, nearly all browsers will at the very least let users curb the worst ads on the sites they visit. And websites will have to adjust.

The Business of Blocking

It might seem weird for Google, one of the world's largest advertising companies, to build an ad-blocking tool right into one of its core products. But the search giant may be engaging in a bit of online judo. Google only plans to block ads on pages that feature types of ads identified by an ad-industry trade group as the most annoying. Google may be hoping that stripping out the worst ads will eliminate the impetus to download much stronger third-party ad blockers that also block its own ads and tracking.

Apple, which doesn't depend on advertising revenue, is taking a more radical approach. In addition to blocking cookies that could be used to track people across sites, the company will also give users the choice to display only the main content of a page, throwing out not just ads but extras like lists of "related stories" and other enticements to stay on a particular site. The page's prescribed fonts and color scheme get thrown out as well.

Safari has offered the reader view as an option since 2010, but traditionally you've had to load a page before you can turn the option on. Letting people turn it on by default means they could visit pages and never see the original versions. That's a big change that goes well beyond ad-blocking. It means that a page's code could soon act more as a set of suggestions for how browsers should present its content, not a blueprint to be followed as closely as possible.

That doesn't just change the way companies have to think about ads. It changes the relationship between reader and publisher—and between publishers and browser makers. For example, Brave—the privacy-centric browsing company founded by Firefox creator Brendan Eich—hopes to essentially invert the advertising business model by having the browser, not the webpage, serve up ads, then share the revenue with publishers. That's just one new model that this new paradigm makes possible, whether publishers like it or not.

Source: This article was published wired.com By KLINT FINLEY

Categorized in Search Engine

Make the most out of Apple's browser

Safari is packed with features that make your experience of browsing the web much better. From the Smart Search Field to Safari Reader to private browsing mode, everything is geared towards making your browsing faster and more enjoyable.

In the following nine expert tips you'll discover exactly how to search smarter, read text on pages easily, sync tabs across devices, manage your privacy and security and more.

1. Spotlight suggestions

When you click the search field and type, Safari gets suggestions from your chosen search engine. It also lists matches from your favourites and bookmarks, plus Spotlight suggestions – news stories, Wikipedia articles, maps and contact details relevant to your keywords.

It all adds up to a speedier search experience.

2. Quick Website Search

When you use a site's built-in search, Safari learns how the address of its search page is constructed. Next time, type the site's address followed by keywords in the Smart Search Field to get a shortcut that immediately submits your keywords and goes directly to search results.

3. Read pages easily

When you visit a page with lots of body text, a paragraph-like icon appears at the left of the search field. Click it for Safari Reader, which strips away extraneous content for a cleaner view of the body and images.

Adjust the text size using the A characters at the top left.

4. iCloud Tabs

Click the Show All Tabs button in the toolbar, and look below the graphical previews of tabs open on your Mac. Here you'll find lists of tabs left open on your other Macs and iOS devices signed into the same iCloud account.

5. Private browsing

To create a window in which visited pages, searches and form data are not saved, go to File > New Private Window. Such windows are distinguished from normal ones by a dark search field.

They remain separate if you choose Window > Merge All Windows.

6. Privacy options

In Safari's preferences, click Privacy. The first set of options determines whether sites save cookies – often used by advertisers, but also for other purposes.

At the bottom, you can ask not to be tracked, but sites aren't actually obliged to honour this.

7. Cover your tracks

You can quickly cover your browsing tracks from the last hour, today, or today and yesterday by choosing History > Clear History and Website Data… and the relevant entry.

8. Manage website data

Also in Privacy preferences, click Details under 'Remove All Website Data…' to review what sites have saved on your Mac: cookies, plug-ins and other local data may be used for legitimate functionality, but you can come here and delete data for a site you no longer trust.

9. Manage plug-ins

Safari uses clever techniques to stop plug-ins sucking up resources and battery power. You can check plug-ins and manage each one's availability, to sites you've already visited and any others you may visit in future, at the foot of Safari > Preferences > Security.

Author : MacFormat

Source : techradar.com

Categorized in Search Engine

Apple's Safari browser, like rival Internet Explorer (IE), has lost a significant number of users in the last two years, data published Wednesday showed.

The most likely destination of Safari defectors: Google's Chrome.

According to California-based analytics vendor Net Applications, in March 2015, an estimated 69% of all Mac owners used Safari to go online. But by last month, that number had dropped to 56%, a drop of 13 percentage points -- representing a decline of nearly a fifth of the share of two years prior.

It was possible to peg the percentage of Mac users who ran Safari only because that browser works solely on macOS, the Apple operating system formerly labeled OS X. The same single-OS characteristic of IE and Edge has made it possible in the past to determine the percentage of Windows users who run those browsers.

Net Applications measures user share by sniffing the browser user agent string of visitors to its customers' websites, then tallying the various browsers and OSes.

Safari's share erosion was much less than that suffered by Microsoft's browsers, particularly IE, during the same period. From March 2015 to February 2017, the use of Microsoft's IE and Edge on Windows personal computers plummeted. Two years ago, the browsers were run by 62% of Windows PC owners; last month, the figure had fallen by more than half, to just 27%.

Simultaneous with the decline of IE has been the rise of Chrome. The user share of Google's browser -- its share of all browsers on all operating systems -- more than doubled in the last two years, jumping from 25% in March 2015 to 59.5% last month. Along the way, Chrome supplanted IE to become the world's most-used browser.

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It's impossible to be certain, but Chrome was probably the beneficiary from Safari's user share decline as well. In the last 24 months, Mozilla's Firefox -- the other major browser alternative to Chrome for macOS users -- has barely budged, losing just two-tenths of a percentage point in user share.

The downturn of both IE and Safari expose the fragility of what was once thought to be their biggest advantage: That they were bundled with their respective operating systems. Because they came with the operating system -- Windows in IE's case, OS X and now macOS in Safari's -- their position was believed unassailable; users, it was thought, would largely use what they were given, rather than seek out alternatives.

Microsoft became the agent of IE's destruction when the company unexpectedly called for the retirement of most versions of the browser, and told customers they must upgrade to IE11. Faced with that, many instead simply deserted to Chrome.

Apple did not make that same mistake, so reasons for Safari's decline are muddier. One possibility: Those who used both Windows and OS X/macOS -- perhaps one at work, the other at home -- may have shifted to the common denominator of Chrome for the convenience of bookmark and password synchronization. Under that theory, a small increase of Chrome on OS X/macOS was simply a side effect of the much larger rise of Chrome on Windows.

Author : Gregg Keizer

Source : http://www.computerworld.com/article/3176061/web-browsers/safari-browser-sheds-users-mimicking-ie.html

Categorized in Search Engine

Q. When I type in web searches in the box at the top of the Safari program on my Mac, the browser always brings me Google results. Is there a way to use Bing without having to first go to the Bing page and then type in keywords?

A. Apple’s Safari has several built-in features intended to make web browsing more efficient, including sending your keywords to a default browser when you type them into the Smart Search field at the top of the window. If you want to change the search engine that is automatically used, you can pick a different one in the Safari settings.

Click the Search tab in the Safari settings to change the default search engine. CreditThe New York Times

Open the Safari program, and in the Safari menu in the top-left corner of the toolbar, select Preferences. As a shortcut, you can also press the Command and comma keys on the keyboard to open the Preferences box without going through menus.

In the Safari Preferences box, click the Search tab. Here, you can change the browser’s default search engine. If you do not want to use Google, you can switch to YahooBing or the privacy-minded DuckDuckGo (which does not collect personal information when you use it).

The Search tab has a few other settings you can change, like whether to include search-engine suggestions or get Safari Suggestions (which bring results from iTunes, the App Store and places near your location, among other sources). Additionally, Safari allows you to turn off the ability to search within a site from the Smart Search field — just disable the “Enable Quick Website Search” option.

If you would rather Safari not start immediately displaying a page it thinks best matches your request (based on your browsing history), turn off the checkbox next to “Pre-load top hit in the background.” Finally, if you don’t like the big window of icons from your Favorite sites, you can shut it down by turning off the checkbox next to Show Favorites.

Author:  J. D. BIERSDORFER

Source:  http://www.nytimes.com/

Categorized in Search Engine

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