Tips to prevent viruses from entering Safari

Safari is the default web browser used by all Apple users for browsing the internet. Although it is highly secure, private, and performs well, it is not immune to vulnerabilities and issues that all users should be aware of to prevent any potential problems in the future. In this post, we will discuss how to prevent viruses from entering your system through Safari.

Set Safari security preferences

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In order to increase the security of your browsing in Safari on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS, you can configure the security preferences according to your needs. To do so, simply go to the browser preferences and adjust the following options:

  • Block pop-ups: Enabling this feature can prevent unwanted pop-ups from appearing, which can be used to gain access to your device and introduce malware.
  • Security alerts: By enabling security alerts in Safari, you can receive notifications whenever you attempt to access a potentially dangerous or unsecure website, ensuring that you are aware of any potential risks while browsing.


  • Use AdBlock: AdBlock is a browser extension that identifies and blocks advertisements on the web pages you browse, making for a cleaner browsing experience. It removes banners, pop-ups, videos and all kinds of ads, achieving its purpose of allowing you to browse without being bombarded by advertising tabs. Installing this extension is also a breeze – simply download and activate it, then configure it in the same manner as any other browser extension.


  • Cookie settings: In Safari preferences, there is an option to activate “Allow only from websites I visit.” This feature allows you to restrict the use of third-party cookies, which are commonly used to track your online activity and potentially distribute malware.
  • Avoid downloading files from unknown sources: To avoid encountering problems such as malware, it is important to refrain from downloading applications from unofficial pages or with unorthodox features. In order to minimize the risk of a security breach, it is also advisable to avoid accessing links that do not come from official sources, opening suspicious emails that do not meet all security criteria, or visiting websites that request access to your device without a valid reason.

Enable private browsing

Private browsing is a useful way to protect your device from malware attacks. By using this option, you can browse the internet without leaving any trace of your browsing history, passwords, or form information. To activate private browsing in Safari, simply open a new private browsing window from the “File” menu or by using the keyboard shortcut “Shift + Command + N”.


Installing a VPN on your devices can be a great way to add an extra layer of security to your browsing. VPNs protect your data and Internet connection, providing additional security to the already robust security and privacy features of Apple and Safari. Additionally, a VPN can help you browse more securely on public Wi-Fi networks, which can be vulnerable to attacks. Finally, you can set up a firewall, an advanced security tool that helps protect your device by blocking unwanted and malicious traffic.