With all of the commotion around the release of iOS 12, WatchOS 5, and tvOS 12, Apple quietly released an important update to Safari for MacOS Sierra and MacOS High Sierra. The update brings a lot of improvements both from a feature perspective as well as a security perspective.
The update to Safari is out in the MacOS App Store now and you can check for the update under the Update tab in the app. It is a pretty small update that shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to download and install. Keep in mind that you’ll be prompted to close Safari if you have it open when the update process begins. Don’t worry though, your tabs will be reopened when it is completed.
As for what is in this update, it is a bit of a laundry list:
- 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
When MacOS Mojave is released next Monday, September 24, Safari v12 will be part of that download. But for those who can’t or don’t want to update to Mojave, you will at least have all the benefits of the latest browser for your Mac from Apple.