Stop Auto-Downloading in Safari

ZicklePop

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Mar 28, 2005
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When I surf the web, I click on interesting links every once and a while, sometimes they end up being files and Safari automatically downloads it, how do I make it ask me before it goes downloading wildly? This is a big security flaw, if not, annoying-ware flaw.
 

TrashCanDan

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Apr 1, 2005
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The only security flaw I can see in that is if it automatically opens the file after downloading, which can fixed by (Safari Preferences/General/uncheck "Open safe files after downloading").
 

James Philp

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TrashCanDan said:
The only security flaw I can see in that is if it automatically opens the file after downloading, which can fixed by (Safari Preferences/General/uncheck "Open safe files after downloading").
I was going to say this, but realized that it's not the answer to the question per-se.
It's not a security flaw that things d/l automatically, but it is if they open automatically - which CAN be stopped.
However, I can see that it is ANNOYING that things download straight away. For me though, it would be MORE annoying if every time I wanted to download something Safari asked me over and over for confirmation.
For now I'll take the odd file I don't want and just trash it rather than constant reminders.
 

jtibbitt

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Jan 3, 2009
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Had to resurrect this old thread. I'd like to be able to use Safari to view text files, instead of automatically downloading them. When I click on a text file using Firefox, the contents of the file are displayed on the screen; it is not downloaded. But when I use Safari to click on a text file, it is downloaded, not displayed. Anyone know how to change the behavior of Safari?
 

dicer999

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Apr 18, 2010
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When I surf the web, I click on interesting links every once and a while, sometimes they end up being files and Safari automatically downloads it, how do I make it ask me before it goes downloading wildly? This is a big security flaw, if not, annoying-ware flaw.
If you get a free app called Afloat, then set the downloads box to be always on top.

Doesn't stop it but makes it easier to see.
 

kulimer

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Aug 30, 2011
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Does anyone have any solutions to this? It is now 2011 December, the OP was in 2005.
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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Does anyone have any solutions to this? It is now 2011 December, the OP was in 2005.
No, you can't prevent auto-downloading, but you can prevent auto-opening of downloaded files, as already mentioned. Nothing has changed on this issue.