Safari history options

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mac2thefuture, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. mac2thefuture macrumors 65816

    May 15, 2007
    Lancashire, North West, UK
    Lets say I have a friend / family member and I occasionally allow them to use the delights of Safari and OS X.
    Now, I don't want replies stating if you don't trust them don't allow them but, is it all possible to have users not clear the history of sites they may have been browsing??

  2. windowpain macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2008
    I think in parental controls there is an option to log the sites that have been visited.

    So even if they delete them on safari..there should be a record.

    I think you may have to set up another account for them though.. i've never used it I'm afraid.

    Good luck!
  3. rpaloalto macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2005
    Palo Alto CA.
    I know, I'm afarid to turn that option on too.
    My son is 14. I know he occasionally cheeks out web sites that he is too young for. I'm pretty sure its just occasionally. I would hate to check one day. To find out the parental control log. Look like this,
    guns, cars, porn, porn, guns, cars, porn, porn, porn porn porn porn porn
  4. windowpain macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2008
    Yes, I know..Guns are terrible things.

    He could still turn on 'private browsing' though and it wouldn't leave any logs.

    Maybe you could make an automator script to save the urls to a file he doesn't have access to. I don't have a lot of knowledge about it to be honest, maybe someone else might be able to help you.
    Best of luck!

    edit: I just found this. It's not free, but it might do what you need.
  5. Needananswer1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2013
  6. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    I use just OpenDNS (here is a instrutional video to give you an idea). Using OpenDNS to block site is IMHO netter than doing it in any Parental Controls because this way kids won't be able to mess with it without having knowledge of how DNS actually works.

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