Apple recently released several updates for its softwares. Out of many new features and bug fixes, Apple has taken an important step forward for web privacy. Talking particularly about the latest version of Safari for iOS, iPadOS and macOS, they will now block all third-party cookies by default.
By doing so, it becames the second browser to implement such restriction. The Tor Browser is the only known browser to do so before Safari, while Brave browser also exhibits such feature but with some limitations. This move will make it difficult for attackers to push their cookies on the browser. It should also prevent sites from using login fingerprinting as well as tracking activities of the user.
In addition to this, the latest version of Safari also limits storage for a website’s scripts to one week. Also, it restricts sites that try to avoid tracking detection by delaying their redirects. It is a great milestone for Apple as many other tech giants are working to implement this feature on their browser.
Earlier before, Google announced its plans to block third-party cookies by default in Chrome and in the Chromium open-source project, on which multiple other browsers are built. Google released Chrome v80 at the start of February with support for third-party cookie blocking, but the feature won’t fully roll out to all Chrome’s users until 2022.
Microsoft’s Edge on the other end, which runs on a version of Google’s Chromium open-source browser has also started gradually blocking third-party cookies as well, but the feature is not enabled by default for all its users.
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