Safari 6/7 (Mavericks): Privacy pane of Safari preferences

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Remove and block data that websites can use to track you.

Option Description

Remove All Website Data

Websites often store cookies and other data on your computer. This data may include information that you provided, such as your name, email address, and preferences. This data helps websites identify you when you return to the sites so they can provide services for you and show information that might be of interest to you.


See which websites store cookies and other information on your computer. Remove stored data for individual websites or all of them.

Block cookies and other website data

From third parties and advertisers: Safari accepts cookies and website data only from websites you visit. This helps prevent certain advertisers from storing data on your computer.

Always: Safari doesn’t let any websites, third parties, or advertisers store cookies and other data on your computer. This may prevent some websites from working properly.

Never: Safari lets all websites, third parties, and advertisers store cookies and other data on your computer.

Limit website access to location services

Websites can use information about your location (based on data from nearby Wi-Fi networks) to provide services and features. Specify how often Safari must ask you if a website can use your location information. If you don’t want to be asked, select “Deny without prompting.”

Website tracking: Ask websites not to track me

Each time Safari fetches content from a website, it adds a request not to track you, but it’s up to the website to honor this request.

Some websites keep track of your browsing activities when they serve you content, so they can tailor what they present to you. You can have Safari ask sites and their third-party content providers (including advertisers) not to track you.

Smart Search Field

Prevent search engine from providing suggestions: Stops Safari from asking your selected search engine for suggestions based on what you type.

Do not preload Top Hit in the background: Prevents Safari from beginning to load a webpage as soon as it determines a top search hit based on your bookmarks and browsing history.

Published Date: Oct 20, 2015