One of the more notorious problems you might run into when using a computer is a browser hijacking attack, where stumbling upon a maliciously crafted Web site will result in an alert being repeatedly displayed, regardless of how many times you try to close it. While you might resort to force-quitting Safari to overcome this problem, with Apple’s “Resume” feature in OS X, when you re-launch the browser your Web pages will load again, resulting in the same frustrating behavior. Continue reading
If you’re browsing the Web and need to either create a new account or log into an existing one, then you will likely need to enter your password. To help with this, OS X will prompt you to store your password in the OS X keychain, which will encrypt and assign the password to the site you have just accessed. This is similarly applied to programs you may use, such as e-mail clients, which will attempt to access secured resources like your e-mail accounts or social media pages. However, the convenience this provides may result in your inability to remember your passwords, even for sites you regularly frequent. Continue reading
With the advancement of Web content towards mobile platforms, if you are a developer then you may need to test various sites on different devices to ensure compatibility. With Safari 9.0, Apple has introduced a new mode that allows you to view any Web page as if you are using a different device, such as an iPad, or an iPhone. Continue reading
Being the default browser shipped with every Mac, you are very likely using Safari as your main way of accessing the Web. Therefore, if something goes wrong where Safari either loads and runs slowly, crashes on startup, or is otherwise not functioning correctly, then you might find yourself in a bit of a frustrating situation. If you need to reset aspects of Safari in order to regain functionality, then even though the options for doing so are somewhat scattered, you can still use them to regain use of your browser. Continue reading
A bug that existed in both Chrome and Safari continues to persist in Safari, and allows a malicious Web site to spoof the browser’s address bar to make it appear that you are at one URL when in fact you are at another.
When data phishing sites attempt to steal your information, they will commonly create page layouts that mimic popular and trustworthy pages like those from Facebook, Paypal, Apple, and others. While some of these are impressively similar to the official pages, one easy way to detect them is to look at your address bar and see that the page’s URL is not an official one. Continue reading
In the latest 10.10.3 update for Yosemite, Apple has introduced a small enhancement that may be helpful to some people, where instead of opening a Web link directly, you can now preview it in a small popup window. This can be a quick way to see what might be linked to in an e-mail, or text document, or any other location in OS X where a link may be shown, without needing to launch Safari or any other Web browser. Continue reading
Whether it is from clicking on spam or otherwise being caught in a malicious trap, every now and then such oversights when browsing the Web can have you inadvertently load phishing or spam pages that attempt to pull ransomware attacks on you. When this happens, you will see a warning window claims your browser has been locked and you will have to pay a fee or give them information to release it. Continue reading
Private Browsing mode should prevent most Web browsers from saving loaded content in any way. Any such information such as that in your browser’s cache, its history, or cookie information should be stored temporarily for the current session, and then discarded when you close your browser window. However, in Safari your pages might be logged by a small but overlooked aspect of how Safari handles Web pages. Continue reading
When using most programs in OS X, you can hold various combinations of modifier keys (Shift, Command, and Option) when performing standard actions to invoke alternative functions. For instance, in most programs you can hold the Option key when clicking the red Close button to close all windows instead of only the foremost one. Continue reading
The Web is likely where you get most of your information, and in doing so you might find yourself inundated with noise as you try to read your favorite articles and other content. In part, these come from ads and site-specific offers, but at other times it can simply be small formatting issues that cause you grief.
For example, even if a site is relatively bland, its default font size might not be the best for your ability to read it. Continue reading