In February, Apple implemented a rule in Safari in which TLS certificates have a lifespan of 398 days. According to ZDNet, Apple made this decision on its own without going through the standard procedure with certificate authorities.
Instead of calling for a vote, Apple simply announced its decision to implement 398-day lifespans on its devices, regardless of what the CAs in the CA/B Forum thought of the issue.
What took place this year is, in no simpler words, a demonstration that browser makers control the CA/B Forum, and that they hold full control of the HTTPS ecosystem, and that CAs are merely participants with no actual power.
ZDnet has a list of 16 Web APIs that Apple declined to add to Safari over concerns they could be used to track users.
The vast majority of these APIs are only implemented in Chromium-based browsers, and very few on Mozilla’s platform.
Apple claims that the 16 Web APIs above would allow online advertisers and data analytics firms to create scripts that fingerprint users and their devices.
Andrew shows us how to get Safari 14 features like Privacy Report without having to download the macOS Big Sur beta.
macOS Big Sur includes some of the biggest changes in design and Safari in years. The design copies iOS but keeps certain UI elements unique.
It’s hours before WWDC begins, and there’s just enough time to get Mac Geek Gab into your hands ahead of the new stuff we’re all about to learn. And, with that, we can still learn at least five new things, including how to Zoom (and unzoom) the web, how to encrypt your files, why you might want to change your cable modem password, and what those three Ms mean. Buckle up, press play, and enjoy the ride with John and Dave!
In 2017 the Spotify web player removed support for Safari without telling customers why. But functionality has now been restored.
In an update on the WebKit blog, we learned that Apple now blocks third-party cookies by default in Safari.
The FIDO Alliance is an industry group to develop authentication standards as an alternative to passwords. Apple recently joined the group.
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the SE2 rumors coming back (again), and this week’s Security Friday.
The next version of Safari will remove Adobe Flash support. We can see a glimpse of this move in Safari Technology Preview 99.
Google’s Project Zero security team found multiple Intelligent Tracking Prevention flaws in Safari that let users be tracked anyway.
Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Charlotte’s move (back) to Google Chrome, and the first Security Friday!
Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss (hidden) long-press options in Safari, and travel with a USB-C machine.
Charlotte had been using Safari, but eventually had to abandon it for Google Chrome after encountering too many problems and inconveniences.
Safari on iOS and iPadOS has a lot of hidden shortcuts. One useful shortcut is the ability to merge all windows.
In a blog post called “Preventing Tracking Prevention Tracking” WebKit’s John Wilander explained a new Safari capability.
A report suggests that Safari users are less valuable to advertisers due to the browser’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention technology.
John has had some very notable, interesting, even spectacular guests on his Background Mode Podcast recently. Here’s a recap.
DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials is a Safari extension that blocks trackers and provides a privacy dashboard for each website you visit.
Don Melton is probably best known as the person who started the Safari and WebKit projects at Apple and his rise to Apple Engineering Director of Internet Technologies. These days he’s an aspiring writer, podcaster and recovering programmer.
Don walks us through his early career starting with his aspiration to become a comic strip or comic book artist. His artistic talent led to a newspaper job which led to information graphics which led to work with Macs. His tinkering with the Mac revealed that he had a special talent for programming, and that ultimately led to his job at Netscape developing the Navigator browser. Later, a relationship with Andy Hertzfeld and Bud Tribble led to his job at Apple in 2001, chartered by Scott Forstall, to write a web browser. Don tells a fascinating story about the development of Safari for Mac OS X and the race to replace Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.