29/5/2019 0 Comments
While using a website today in Safari on the Mac, I found that I was blocked from doing what I needed to do because Popups were blocked on that website. Whenever I clicked the option I required, a message appeared in the search/address bar and the website didn't do what I needed it to do!
This is a security feature of Safari, where websites are blocked from using Popups - which can often be dangerous - unless you specifically choose to allow them. Once I enabled popups for the website, my problem was solved.
This is a problem that occurred on a couple of iTandCoffee's older iMacs, immediately after the upgrade to macOS Mojave.
I found that, on these computers, the font for the body text of the iTandCoffee website - which is normally Verdana - became a sans serif font (like Georgia) instead. It looked all wrong!
There are a variety of solutions to this problem in online forums. Here are a couple that worked for me.
13/7/2018 1 Comment
If English is not your native language, or if you are learning a new language, you may want to be able to convert a web page that is written in English into a different language.
This is easy to achieve on your iPad and iPhone using the Safari app.
12/7/2018 2 Comments
I often say that each week has a theme for client questions, and last week's 'theme' was translation - how to translate a non-English web page to English, and vice-versa.
In this article we will look at how easy it is to use your mobile device (iPad, iPhone, or Android phone/tablet) to translate a web page that is in another language into English
(Here is a separate article that covers how to do the same thing on a computer.)
At the Be Connected afternoon on Wednesday this week (30/5), we talked again about Staying Safe Online - how to spot a scam, avoid it, what to do if you get caught, and how to best protect yourself.
We talked about being careful when providing any financial, private or personal details online, to ensure that the website you are using is secure - that it has a lock on it in the search/address bar.
I was reading just today that Apple has introduced a new Safari feature to help keep us stay safer online. It was introduced in iOS 11.3 and MacOS 10.13.4.
This is a question that we get asked so regularly. What are the steps that are involved in downloading and installing software like Adobe Flash on the Mac? iTandCoffee Club member Sandra F asked this question this week in relation to Adobe Flash, which needed updating so that she could watch an ABC iView program on her Mac.
In writing the new version of the iTandCoffee guide The Safari App on the iPad and iPhone (iOS 11), we found ourselves describing a feature of the Safari app that we figured was well worth sharing in this blog.
It is such a handy feature - one that is simple to access and use, and just as easy to deactivate.
It is called Safari's Split View and it allows for the seamless use of two Safari windows at one time - just like having two devices side-by-side using the Safari app. I'll definitely be using this one a lot in future.
I was on a website yesterday that started one of those annoying videos that automatically plays.
I really dislike the intrusion of the noise of these videos, and the waste of my internet data that goes with streaming them.
While I can simply 'mute' the autoplay video - by clicking the little speaker symbol that appears in the Safari address bar (on the right) - I would rather completely stop these videos from playing automatically.
In MacOS High Sierra, there will be a setting that makes it easy to turn off this 'autoplay' for each page you visit.
But if you can't wait for High Sierra, there is a way to turn off 'autoplay' on earlier versions of MacOS (or OS X).
Here is an article that describes how to do this.
It definitely works! I have enjoyed the peace and quiet it has brought to my own web browsing!
A question asked at a recent 'Keeping your Kids safe on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch' session at a local primary school was "What effect does the limiting of Safari content in Restrictions on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch have on 'Private Browsing'".
The question relates to the feature of Safari that allows you to put your Safari browsing into a 'private' mode', where the history of your web browsing is not retained, and no 'website data' or 'cookies' are allowed.
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