Disable clear browser history on Safari/iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by LukeM, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. LukeM macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2011

    I'm no good with Mac... I'm a Windows guy through and through, let's just get that one out of the way

    Anyway. My gf's mum wants to find a way of blocking the ability to clear the browsing history/cache in Safari on their Mac, so that my gf's brother can't look at dodgy sites and then clear the browser history.

    I know options exist but I wonder what would be best? They've just got the one iMac and they only have one user account and just leave it turned on/logged in the whole time.

    I assume you would have to create more user accounts and make them limited users, password protect the main "admin" account and then do something to disable the option(s) in Safari? OR alternatively get parental control software or some kind of monitoring software...

    HOWEVER he's one of those young teens who's jailbroken his iPod before the age of 14 and will probably find a way around it so does anyone have any suggestions for something that's hard to crack and easy enough to set up for a Mac novice such as myself? :$

    Any help appreciated. Thanks!!
  2. RUGERMAN macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2010
    Real easy, don't let the kid use the computer.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I am not aware of a good way to stop the little porn beast from deleting history, but OS X includes good parental control software as part of the OS. Just create a limited account for the kid and use parental control to whitelist only the sites you want to him to be able to access.
  4. heimbachae macrumors regular


    Aug 1, 2011
    there's code you can paste in terminal to get browsing history, and clear it completely. if he doesnt know about these codes then theres a good chance if he's "cleared" it that it's still around.

    google "50 things every Mac geek should know" and I think it's somewhere on page 3 of the article.
  5. visim91 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2011
    That's right! Make that little bugger use his imagination!

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