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Security settings for Safari on iPhone

There are many settings that allow you to customize the functionality and features of Safari, the default iPhone browser app. Learn how to use them here.

For more articles on using Safari, check out:


Change Default Search Engine
Next to the address bar at the top of the Safari page is a shortcut to a search engine. This lets you enter the thing you want to search for and get results with one tap, rather than having to go to the search engine and then enter it. The default search engine on the iOS is Google, but you can change that:

  1. From the home screen, tap on the Settings app
  2. Scroll down to the Safari item and tap on it
  3. Tap the first option, Search Engine
  4. On the next screen, tap the search engine you want to use as your default (you can choose between Google, Yahoo, and Bing) and you'll have set it.

You can also use Safari's search bar to search for content on a webpage, not just at a search engine. Learn how to use Find on Page here.


AutoFill

Just like on a desktop browser, Safari can automatically fill in forms with information about you from your address book. To use this feature, do the following:

  1. From the home screen, tap on the Settings app
  2. Scroll down to the Safari item and tap on it
  3. Tap on AutoFill
  4. Move the USe Contact Info slider to On
  5. Your information should be already filled in in the My Info field. If it's not, tap that and browse your address book to find your information
  6. If you want to save the username and password you use to log into various websites, slide the Names & Passwords slider to On.

Open Links

You can choose where new links open by default--either in a new window that immediately goes to the front or in the background.

  1. From the home screen, tap on the Settings app
  2. Scroll down to the Safari item and tap on it
  3. Tap on the Open Links menu
  4. Choose In New Page if you want the links you tap to open in a new window in Safari and to have that window immediately come to the front
  5. Choose In Background if you want that new window to go to the background and leave the page you're currently looking at on top.

Private Browsing
In iOS 5, the Private Browsing feature prevents Safari from saving any information about your web browsing--history, cookies, other files--as long as it's turned on. This is great if you don't want to leave any information about what sites you've visited on your phone. Here's how to turn it on:

  1. From the home screen, tap on the Settings app
  2. Scroll down to the Safari item and tap on it
  3. In the Private Browsing section, move the slider to On.

Clearing History and Cookies
If you want to delete your iPhone browsing history or cookies (small files added to your browser used to track you online or let you easily log in to your accounts), do the following:

  1. From the home screen, tap on the Settings app
  2. Scroll down to the Safari item and tap on it
  3. Scroll down to the Clear History button. Tap it to delete the record of the pages you've visited in Safari.
  4. You can also tap Clear Cookies to remove the cookies from your iPhone (though be aware that this may require you to log in again at some websites where you have accounts).


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