Swipe Privacy WARNING. pls HELP!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by ewojmac, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. ewojmac macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2011
    I logged into my email account, read/ sent emails and a few other stuff. I then log out (without quitting safari browser) thinking email account activity was secure. Wrong!!! All someone had to do was, using two fingers swipe left between webpages to reveal all the pages and emails I've been to. Zero privacy. Similar to clicking previous pages. All websites you usually log in can be viewed easily this way after you think you've logged out safely. I would have thought that when you swipe back, a message would show up telling you to re-login again, because someone already logged out. HELP. how can i resolve this, without having to quit safari every time i log out??
  2. etcetera macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Answer -- Don't use Safari.

    Firefox isn't doing this at all. Tried it with my bank's website and Gmail. No issues.

    I know that's not really what you wanna hear, but that's what I got.
  3. Jagardn macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    Logging out should end your session. Even if someone could see your email on the page they swiped to, they shouldn't be able to edit, send, or access your mailbox in any way. Unless you have your password saved to your keychain, then its insecure no matter what.
  4. johnfkitchen macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2010
    ewojmac, this is why OS X has "accounts".

    If you let another person use your account, you have a bigger problem. They have access to every file you own on that Mac, not just your recent browsing activity! They can read your files, modify your files, copy your files, delete your files, email the files elsewhere and so on...

    When you leave your Mac, you should either log out of OS X or go to the login window, so that when you want to use it again, you'll have to enter your password
  5. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    So, in other words, Safari is insecure because it saves browser history just like every other browser?

    Erase your history and disable resume for apps and you'll be all set.
  6. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    Yeah, as johnfkitchen says, this is what accounts are for. Ideally every user has their own account. It seems like a pain, but enable Fast User Switching and it's really not, and it solves a lot of issues (such as yours). If you don't want to do that use Private Browsing mode in Safari (from the Safari menu).
  7. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Bad news for the OP but this isn't really a change with the newer Safari, or many other browsers. The history is there for the viewing if you're silly enough to share an account with someone.

  8. Comeagain? macrumors 68020


    Feb 17, 2011
    Spokane, WA
    You realize that swiping back is the same as hitting the back button right?
  9. ewojmac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2011
  10. jbouklas macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2002
    Wow, this is actually a big privacy concern. I really like the feature in Safari that stores your last page in memory, so your browser doesn't have to refresh the page. It saves a lot of time, and makes everything feel much more polished. But, I was still able to see emails, etc, even after I logged out of GMail for several seconds, until it displayed the login page.

    This doesn't happen in other browsers, which have to refresh the page (including older versions of Safari). This is a bug, or at least an unexpected consequence of a new feature, that needs to be resolved.

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