Safari is considered one of the more secure web browsers out there, but that still doesn’t mean it’s perfectly protected.
Once you’ve opened your Safari browser to surf the web, online shop, or login to any secure site or banking account, then your data, browsing activity, and financial information could be at risk.
For those of you who toggle between browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, it is a good idea to make sure all browsers have been equipped with cybersecurity protocols. Even if you’ve bolstered protections for your Gmail, WordPress site, Facebook and Chrome, a quick or absent-minded browser switchover can once again leave you vulnerable. Here are six plug-ins that can help.
Adamant is designed to give users a streamlined browsing experience, eliminating distractions that appear on web pages and interfere with intended content.
It blocks banner ads and popovers, effectively quickening website load times. If using on your mobile device (Adamant is available on Mac or iOS), this faster loading time can lead to longer-lasting battery life. Adamant also functions as a tracking-blocker.
The mobile app is available for $2 with no subscription fees. The Mac download is free.
Adblock Plus is a popular free extension available for Safari and other browsers which, its website boasts, is currently downloaded on 100 million devices. The add-on has a list of capabilities that can be customized to suit your needs. It can block ads, hide your information from tracking, disable malware, and prevent access to websites that could infect your computer with malware in the first place.
How does it work? You can program external filter lists, specifying what kind of sites, advertisements, tracking or website components you’d like to have blocked. The extension’s settings are adjustable, but the default is set up to block certain types of unwanted advertisements.
The extension also has a function allowing you to disable social media buttons, which prevents social sites from having access to and using your browsing activity and history.
AdGuard Adblocker can function as its own app, but also has a browser extension option which is available to Safari users. The extension offers a variety of protections for users surfing the web, and has customizable settings.
Available features include advertisement blocking (as the name suggests), as well as protecting data from spyware and adware, and hiding personal data from third-party tracking. The plug-in also gives a warning about phishing websites if you attempt to enter one.
If you have the standalone desktop program, AdGuard’s browser extension version can work in tandem with it for integrated support.
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Bitdefender TrafficLight is another popular option for browser security — available for Safari, in addition to Chrome and Firefox. The extension works to protect and demystify your online experience, alerting you to potential dangers or data vulnerabilities.
TrafficLight checks websites you visit for malware and phishing scams. It also warns you of potentially dangerous websites that pop up in a list of search results, and lets you know which websites or pages are tracking your browser activity. You can try out the service and see what you think with a free download.
Ghostery is committed to giving users a faster and safer web experience. The plug-in focuses on blocking tracking, which can slow down browser function and leave data vulnerable. The plug-in shows you what trackers it has found on a website, and lets you decide which ones you’d like to block or allow.
The app has a user-friendly website that explains to users the details of how websites track, and takes potential Ghostery downloaders through a step-by-step visual guide about what the service offers.
LastPass (Or Another Password Manager)
LastPass is a great choice for Safari users looking for password management.
To use the extension, add all your different sites with varying passwords into your LastPass account. Make a master password to log in to LastPass, and the extension will support you from there, logging you securely into your added sites without having to remember every single password. The app also has a strong password generator you can use to minimize your vulnerability to hacking.
LastPass isn’t the only password manager out there, either — check out our list of password manager reviews.