Safari 12, the latest version of Apple’s web browser, has been available to download for users running macOS 10.12.6 Sierra and macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra. This update introduces a range of new features and security improvements, and it will be installed by default in the macOS Mojave 10.14, which will come out on September 24th. So, should you update to Safari 12? Let’s see what new things it will bring to you:
- Adds the ability to view website icons in tabs
- Automatically suggests and fills a strong, unique password when creating an account or changing a password
- Flags reused passwords in Safari Preferences
- Adds support for allowing or blocking pop-ups on specific websites
- Prevents embedded content and social media buttons from tracking cross-site browsing without permission.
- Suppresses ad retargeting by reducing advertisers’ ability to identify Mac devices uniquely
- Automatically turns off Safari extensions that negatively impact browsing performance
- Improves security by only supporting legacy Safari Extensions that have been reviewed by Apple
- Improves security by discontinuing support for most NPAPI plug-ins
And here are the security vulnerabilities addressed in the Safari 12 update:
Impact: A malicious website may be able to exfiltrate autofilled data in Safari
Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved state management.
Impact: A user may be unable to delete browsing history items
Description: Clearing a history item may not clear visits with redirect chains. The issue was addressed with improved data deletion.
Impact: Visiting a malicious website by clicking a link may lead to user interface spoofing
Description: An inconsistent user interface issue was addressed with improved state management.
In general, Safari 12 primarily improve security and privacy. If you use Safari as your default web browser, you are recommended to install the update as soon as possible.
Related link: What’s New in Safari
To download and install Safari 12, launch Mac App Store, click on the Updates tab, and click the Update button next to the Safari 12 update in the available updates.
Having problems in updating to Safari 12? If you are prompted that Safari cannot be updated as its extensions are in use by Spotlight, you can force quit Spotlight through Activity Monitor (located in /Applications/Utilities folder) to fix this issue.
So, what other web browsers do you have on your Mac? And which one do you think performs best to protect your privacy data? Welcome to share your opinion with us.