Safari Security Extensions?

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  1. Daveski17

    Daveski17 Registered Member

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    What security extensions do you use on Safari? I only have ABP.

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    I'm just curios.
     
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    I only use AdGuard Extension on Safari and all other browsers. Apple has put many restrictions on the Safari Browser Extensions with the upgrade to macOS Mojave.
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    OK thanks. Would you rate AdGuard as better than ABP?
     
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    I ran ABP on the Mac and didn't like it. AdGuard is easier to customize what you want to block and easier to work with IMO. Either one didn't slow the computer.
     
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    OK thanks. I believe there's an unofficial version of uBlock available, but whether it would get past Gatekeeper is another thing lol. I was looking at Ghostery, but I haven't used it for years and it's a bit suspect if you ask me.
     
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    Safari 12 will provide additional "Intelligent Tracking Prevention" and the automatic creation and storage of strong passwords. macOS Mojave (and iOS 12) will restrict the availability of device configuration available to third-parties in an effort to reduce device "fingerprinting" for tracking purposes, and also require apps to get user permission before using the Mac camera and microphone, or accessing personal data like user Mail history and Messages database.

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    Looks like Apple are trying to harden Safari somewhat.
     
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    I'm running uBlock Origin 1.16.0 on Safari 12.0.3 on macOS Mojave 10.14.3 (official extension gallery entry). I haven't extensively compared uBlock Origin versus alternatives, but I like the flexibility of control uBO provides. uBO has a pretty powerful dynamic filtering mode which you can customize and play with if you switch to Advanced mode https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lisQQmWQkY.

    However, on the Extensions preferences / settings page, Safari 12 actually warns that this uBO extension will slow down my browsing but I haven't noticed any such slow down. Browsing anecdotally seems faster to me. Anyway, because of this I can't whole-heartedly endorse uBO. I can simply say it works well for me, but your mileage may vary.

    [Edit: Reading through the GitHub Issues tracker, it sounds like a lot of people are experiencing problems with uBO on Safari 12. Strangely, I am not... but then maybe I simply haven't yet noticed some of the bugs others have. So, sadly, I wouldn't recommend it. Apparently Apple is placing increasing limitations on Extensions going forward; which does make some sense, but comes at the cost of a loss in capability for such Extensions. Also, apparently Apple is moving to a model where Extensions are to be distributed via the Mac App Store.]
     
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    Thanks for the info, that's interesting.
     
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    Thank you @Alec for the information on uBlock Origin. :)
     
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    There is a good explanation of what's going on with Safari extensions here:

    https://adguard.com/en/blog/safari-adblock-extensions/

    I'm getting a new box and considering going with a refurb mac mini so I came across this in my hunt for info.

    This is off topic but is there a good place to get info ask questions about Mac OS? There's almost nothing ever here about it even though it's along the same lines as Linux well except for the free part. Thanks
     
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    Have you tried these guys?

    https://www.mac-forums.com
     
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    I appreciate the article. Yeah, I came across similar information from the discussion in thread Move to Safari App Extensions model. I agree that the new model will cause a significant departure from the Chrome/Firefox world and will leave Safari users with fewer worthwhile Extensions... as developers simply drop support. I'm not a fan so far.

    I will probably ditch my ad blocker entirely once Safari fully breaks it in a future version, and may move back to an alternative browser at that time.
     
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    Chrome is looking at changing the api used by its ad blockers also. Likely a good time to look at Firefox and or the Ad Guard app.

    Just to add - to those that posted links - Thanks for those forum recommendations their all great.
     
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