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How to clear stored website data in Safari for iPhone and iPad

Safari, like all modern web browsers, caches data locally not only to speed up access to frequently visited sites, but to let data persist for web apps - including sites like gmail.com - so they can perform more like native apps. However, not only can the stored data build up over time, it can contain private information, or even reveal the names of websites you visit, that you might not want found on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad (hey, we don't judge!). Luckily, iOS lets you quickly and easily delete this information - once you know where to look!

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How to block cookies and stop websites from tracking you in iOS 7 Safari

Some people may not want Safari to track their online activity and hey, we aren't here to judge. Some of us also just value our privacy and want to keep as much information as possible out of the hands of large companies. Regardless of the reason, iOS 7 makes it easy to block cookies and stop Safari from tracking your online activity. Here's how:

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How to clear Safari history and cookies on iPhone and iPad

Whenever you visit a webpage using the Safari web browser, it gets recorded in you browser history so you can more easily go back and find that page again should you want to. Likewise, cookies get stored to persist things like logins and other information. If you don't want a particular page recorded in your history or cookies (we don't judge!) you can always use Private browsing mode. If you forget, however, iOS lets you quickly and easily clear your history and cookies, and start over fresh and clean.

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How to find web pages, bookmarks, history, and 'on this page' with smart search in iOS 7 Safari

With iOS 9 Apple has brought the unified address and search bar to the Safari web browser. That means not only can you type in the names of your favorite web sites and get taken right to them, directly, but you can type in any terms you like and get back search results from Google, including top results, standard results, history and bookmark results, and even results from the text of the page you're currently on. Because some things have moved around, and it's more tightly packed then ever, it can take some getting used to. But, once you're familiar with it, the unified smart search field should prove faster and more efficient than ever.

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How to quickly close all iOS 7 Safari tabs in just a few taps

Safari for iOS 7 allows you to keep up to two-dozen or more tabs open at the same time. That's fantastic... until you want to close them all and quickly. Then you're either touching-and-flinging cards (iPhone and iPod touch) or tapping little X icons, over and over and over again. Luckily, there's a great work-around that lets you close all the tabs you have, all at once. Here's how!

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How to generate a password with iCloud Keychain on iPhone and iPad

iCloud Keychain is meant to be an easy way to manage passwords on your Apple devices. When password management is easier, using stronger passwords is easier. Since it can be tough to come up with strong, unique passwords, good password managers will generate them for you, and iCloud Keychain is no exception. Unfortunately, the passwords generated by iCloud Keychain aren't exceptionally strong, but they are better than using the same password for every site. That makes them an okay starting point for people who want a little more security, but aren't quite ready for a full-fledged password manager from the App Store.

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How to view Shared Links in Safari for OS X Mavericks

If you've upgraded to OS X Mavericks, you may have noticed that Safari has been updated too. The Shared Links feature in Safari can pull from Twitter and LInkedIn so you can easily access all the links your friends are sharing without ever even visiting each respective website. Here's how:

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How to manage the Top Sites section in Safari for OS X Mavericks

If you've upgraded your Mac to OS X Mavericks, you've probably noticed a few changes to the Safari browser as well. The Top Sites section of Safari in Mavericks is a great place to store your favorite sites for quick access anytime you'd like. By default Safari will start choosing the sites you visit most but if you want to control what sites show up and what don't, and in what order, you can easily do so. Here's how:

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How to access iCloud Tabs in iOS 7 Safari for iPhone

iCloud Tabs let you quickly and easily access web pages that you've already opened in Safari on your other Apple devices, be they other iPhones, iPod touches, iPads, or Macs. That's right, any and every other Apple device you own, if it's logged into iCloud with the same Apple ID, will automatically share its tabs with every other device. (Tabs created in Private Browsing mode are excluded, of course - Apple doesn't judge!) While this isn't a new feature, and works pretty much the same on Mac and iPad as it did previously, for iPhone and iPod touch, the way you access iCloud Tabs has changed in iOS 7. Here's how it's done now!

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How to master Safari for iOS: Top 5 tips for better, faster browsing

Whether you're brand new to iOS or a seasoned pro looking for that extra edge, there's a lot of functionality in Apple's Safari web browser for iOS that's hidden just below the surface. Here are some of our favorite tips, tricks, and full-on how-tos to help get you surfing faster, better, and more conveniently than ever. And hey, if you know them already, simply share them with a friend. We'll do the heavy tech-support lifting so you don't have to!

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