If you’re a heavy Safari user, you’re probably aware that Safari automatically opens downloaded files once they have completed downloading. While this is generally a convienient feature, it’s becoming increasingly unsafe as Mac security threats are on the rise.
In this tutorial, we will be showing you how to disable auto opening of downloaded media. In turn, this will prevent unauthorized downloads from automatically executing which can potentially open security holes on your Mac. Before we start, make sure you’re running the latest version of Safari on your Mac.
Disabling Automatic Download Opening
To start, launch Safari. Once the app has completely opened, look towards the Apple Toolbar. You will see an option labeled Safari. Click on this option and a drop down menu will appear.
From this menu, click on the option labeled “Preferences”. When you do this, a popup menu will appear. Look towards the top of this window and click on the General tab.
Look towards the bottom of the window. You will see an option labeled “Open ‘safe’ files after downloading”. By default, this will be enabled so make sure you disable it now. This is because Safari will let any file it deems “safe” to automatically launch. Most common Mac viruses have found a way to trick Safari into thinking they’re safe and thereby allowing them to execute automatically.
And that concludes today’s Switching To Mac tutorial. We hope we’ve helped you make your Mac safer and less subjective to malware. Check back tomorrow for more Apple tips, news and tutorials.