Safari lets sites look through your browser history. Update to stop it

You would like to think that your browser prioritizes privacy. Unfortunately, our search engines sometimes let us down. Tap or click here to run a free, quick test that reveals how much private data our browser is leaking.

Last week, security researchers discovered that Apple’s Safari browser can leak your data to websites you visit. It all comes down to an implementation flaw in IndexedDB, designed to hold user data.

Simply put, the bug shows websites databases they shouldn’t. It also allows them to search those databases for information such as your browsing history, personal information, and even your Google avatar. Fortunately, Apple has released a new update that fixes this privacy-threatening bug.

Patch the bug as soon as possible

Don’t wait to update. A lot of personal information is at stake. This bug is not only an invasion of your privacy, but also allows hackers to see your browsing activity in real time.

If you want to get into the weeds and get a technical understanding of how this works, watch this short video from FingerprintJSthe people who blew the whistle on January 14.

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Fun fact: Someone reported the issue to the WebKit Bug Tracker on November 28, 2021. Apple didn’t take action until January 16 – after FingerprintJS put the spotlight on the issue. (How curious.)

You can even run a quick test to see the issue in action

go to Safari leaks and see if the site can grab your Google user ID. You can even view one of the test websites in a new tab. Return to the site and you will see that browsing history. It can be scary to see the surveillance in real time.

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Normally this should not be possible. If Safari works correctly, Safari Leaks would not be able to find this information. That’s because sites can only access data from their databases. (Or to be super technical, databases the domain created.)

How to fix the bug?

Update your Apple devices to protect yourself. Apple has released a few updates:

iPhone: iOS 15.3 iPad: iPadOS 15.3 Mac: macOS 12.2 Apple Watch: watchOS 8.4

Install the latest operating system on the Apple device you are using. To do this, follow these steps:

How to update iPhone, iPad or iPad touch

Open Settings. Tap General. Select Software Update. Tap Install Now.

Instead of Install Now, you may see Download and Install. If so, select that option to download the update. Then enter your passcode and select Install Now.

Update macOS

Click the Apple menu in the corner of your screen. Select System Preferences. Click Software Update. Select Update Now.

Update Apple Watch

Open Settings on your Apple Watch.Tap General.Tap Software Update.Tap Install.Tap OK.Open the Watch app on your iPhone and agree to the terms and conditions. On your Apple Watch, tap Download and Install.

Good news: you will do a lot of good if you download the update. Not only will you fix this bug, but you’ll also download security updates for iCloud, Crash Reporter, ColorSync, and more. Here’s the full list of updates you’ll get when you download iOS 15.3.

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