Web browser Safari has added a useful feature with the macOS Big Sur update: privacy reports. In this tip, you can read what these are, what they can do for you and how to request them.
macOS Big Sur: Privacy Reports in Safari
The macOS Big Sur update makes Safari faster and more efficient and you can personalize the browser more, but privacy also improves. For that, Apple introduces a handy new feature: privacy reports. Such a report keeps track of which trackers Safari has blocked on the websites you visit.
With trackers, websites and advertisers can follow your digital footsteps and in this way, a profile of you is built up. Safari blocks this by default to prevent your internet behaviour from being monitored by trackers. With the new privacy report function in the browser, you can see a per website which trackers are blocked. It goes like this:
- Open a website on Safari and click – to the left of the address bar – on the new privacy button;
- Then you will see in a small window how many trackers Safari has blocked;
- Click on the i-icon to see how many trackers have been blocked in the past 30 days, which trackers these are exactly and on which websites.
The privacy report can also be found on your homepage in Safari. There you can request the same overview and view all specific information. The handy thing is that Safari automatically blocks trackers, so you don’t have to do anything yourself. However, as we described in the steps above, you can request a privacy report at any time by simply clicking the corresponding button.
More about macOS Big Sur
Of course, macOS Big Sur is still implementing many improvements and you can read which these are in our overview with the most important innovations. Also, take a look at our tips on Big Sur Control Panel and how to use the improved Safari extensions. We also list a number of solutions if you have problems with the new macOS version.
In the macOS Big Sur review, you can read how all the innovations unpack and whether it is worth installing the update on your Mac (Book).