Your mileage may vary, of course, but it’s safe to say that most Mac users spend quite a bit of time, well, browsing. Whether it’s Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or even Brave, we Mac humans do our fair share of browsing the interwebs.
How do you care for your browser? For example, browsers collect plenty of cruft while traversing the interwebs– website history, various and sundry cookies, cached files, and more. Unless you take a moment to delete the basic offenders, that cruft accumulates over time. Worse, cookies are used to track your movements online.
Enter a few tools to provide some loving care for your Mac’s browsers which help to disguise or remove your browsing tracks.
The first is called Browser Care which detects your Mac’s browsers and makes it easy– a single click– to get rid of history, cookies, et al.
The app handles most of the Mac’s popular browsers, including Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera– but not all. Browser Care is free but there’s an in-app Pro version with additional features. The only negative is that it does not yet work automagically. You have to click to clean.
The second browser cleaner is a favorite. Cookie is more expensive than Browser Care but has more features and runs automatically in the background and has a few more security options, too.
First, Cookie runs on more Mac browsers; even some that are unknown. Second, Cookie runs automatically and can delete browser history, cookies, and other files not only when starting up or quitting a browser, but also on a timed schedule.
- Enhanced for Security. Secure delete any unwanted data, and rest easy knowing that external threats can’t recover your private data.
- Avoid invasive marketing. Tired of targeted ads that mysteriously know what products you’ve been shopping for online? Eliminate them with Cookie.
- Freedom from Flash, and Silverlight. Cookie is adept at eliminating Flash and Silverlight cookies, especially large and persistent types of cookie.
- Impressive results with minimal effort. By consolidating all your cookie controls into an easy interface, Cookie makes maintaining your browsing privacy a cinch.
Third, Cookie can be configured to destroy browser history and cookies by shredding the data to U.S. Department of Defense standards which makes recovery virtually impossible. It also deletes those notorious Flash cookies, HTML5 databases and local storage, and even Microsoft’s crazy Silverlight tracker (like Flash but from Microsoft). Websites can also be Whitelisted. Browsers that Cookie supports include:
- Safari, Safari Technology Preview
- Chrome, Chrome Canary
- Firefox, Firefox Nightly
- Firefox Developer Edition
Sadly, Brave is not yet on the list.
Otherwise, Cookie is what I use to keep my Mac’s browsers– except Brave and a few others I test out– clean of history, cache files, and cookies. Automatically.
Cookie gets mostly four and five star reviews on the Mac App Store, but the developer wisely makes a trial version on his website.