How to Increase Privacy When Browsing From Safari on iOS From an iPhone or iPad

Web browsers are the applications we use to connect to the Internet and to visit web pages. Increasingly, both web browsers and pages visited are more complex and send a lot of information to ensure the connection, information that sometimes may even be a danger to privacy, depending on which information is exchanged and Who is the recipient of such information.

Fortunately, Web browsers often allow us to easily configure these privacy options so that we can choose both what kind of content loaded on your computer as what information we will share both responsible for the browser, such as Apple, in case of Safari, as With the rest of web pages.

Then we will teach you how to configure Safari to use Apple's browser by default on the iPhone and iPad with maximum security and privacy.

How to set privacy options in the Safari browser of an iPhone or iPad

iOS, the operating system of Apple, brings together many of its configurations within the operating system "Settings". Therefore, in order to configure the options of this browser we must do it directly from there.

To do this, click on the "Settings" button that appears in the iOS application launcher and, in it, we will look for the "Safari" section. Click on it and we will see a configuration screen similar to the following one from which we will be able to access these configuration options.

In this configuration screen we will find several options that we can customize according to the level of privacy that we want. The most important ones directly related to our privacy are:

  • Seeker. We can change the search engine we want to use by default. If we want maximum privacy, the ideal is to choose DuckDuckGo.
  • Suggestions from the search engine . This option sends Apple what we type in the single search box to return suggestions to us depending on what we are looking for.
  • Safari Tips . Safari displays suggestions related to web pages visited, with the entire iTunes ecosystem and also with our locations, tastes, interests, etc.
  • Precharge for best result . This option loads web pages in the background before clicking on them, saving time in loading pages, but establishing connections with pages that we have not really visited.
  • Do not crawl . This option sends the DoNoTrack tag with each connection to indicate to web pages that we do not want to be tracked. We must activatethis function.
  • Block Cookies . We indicate to the browser if we want that the webs that we visit can access our cookies or not.
  • Fraudulent website notice . Although this function is related to security and can help us avoid falling into the hands of hackers, in reality it also means a loss of privacy as the browser must send to Apple the websites we visit so that the server can identify those potentially dangerous.
  • Check Apple Pay . This option allows web pages to know whether or not we have activated Apple's payment method.

Disabling (or activating, depending on the option) these configurations we will be able to surf the Internet in a much more secure and private way than the one offered by Apple by default. In addition, if we go a little deeper in the configuration options we will also find other options such as " Delete history and website data " from our browser or the possibility of blocking the JavaScriptcontent in the pages That we visit, although the latter may impair the use experience, so we must use it with care.