Auto-enabling Safari's Private Browsing
Posted 30 March 2009 - 12:11 PM
I do some work for a charity that allows young people to use macs for free, it is helpful if staff clean up after their browsing sessions on the shared computers. Requiring them to remember for every session is adding a point of failure.
Posted 30 March 2009 - 12:20 PM
Posted 30 March 2009 - 12:26 PM
Does Safari keep them around after the session is over? Does Safari use these cookies in a new session?
I don't think it does.
You won't stop 'hacks' who know what to look for, but at least your gmail login name won't be default on the Googlemail homepage if you use Private browsing.
The only way to be 100% secure would be to carry a bootable disk & use that, but who has the time? It is not the reason we use macs. Of course if you are obsessed about pron or having absolutely no traceable history maybe its the only option rab777p.
Posted 30 March 2009 - 01:22 PM
I suppose, since I have 4GB of RAM in my iMac, I can afford too add your AppleScript application to the login startup items to automate the launch as well. I also read a suggestion from Rob G about making a keyboard shortcut to turn on and off the "private browsing" feature as needed.
btw: Thanks for putting that guy in his place. You know what they about to assume. "It makes an ASS out of U and ME!"
Posted 30 March 2009 - 01:31 PM
> btw: Thanks for putting that guy in his place. You know what they about to assume. "It makes an ASS out of U and ME!"
I think we all sometimes forget that there are real people behind these questions. It's one thing to make a crack like that when someone posts anonymously, but another thing entirely when you're using your real name.
Posted 30 March 2009 - 01:37 PM
but it would be helpful and time saving if there is a similar tiger solution...thanks for the always helpful updates and info...never been inspired to thank you before so i guess there's a good result of this guys post..
Posted 30 March 2009 - 07:28 PM
I'm sure that a savvy hacker who could get through the computer password and into the browser could figure things out, but I don't save any passwords for banking or medical or account sites and Private Browsing is another small piece of security. Or is this just wishful thinking on my part?
Posted 31 March 2009 - 10:15 AM
Point is "why are you worried about why someone wants private browsing turned on?" I work in HR and can think of many reasons to turn it on even at home, let alone while at work.
Mind your own business and just let it go. You tried to make a joke, it wsa kinda funny, but offensive even if in some cases true. MacWorld does not condone viewing porn at work, nor was Chris trying to give you a work around to do anything unethical or illegal, he was just doing his job and passing along helpful information for whatever the reason be.
Thank you for the article Chris, keep giving us these morsels of helpful tips.
Posted 05 April 2009 - 06:57 PM
I keep private browsing on, delete cache and even reset Safari, yet a great many of these cookies keep returning. I don't recall this persistent behavior in the past. Any suggestions how I can keep the cookie cache clean. So far, only using Onyx to clean all caches works, and then only for a short time.