How to Have Safari Check Page Safety Automatically (on macOS and iOS)

You can browse with more peaceful a mind: find out here how to have Safari check page safety automatically with Google Safe Browsing for phishing and deceptive sites.

First, If You See Mostly Black on a Field of Flowers

you are perhaps a bee.

A bee’s vision is not entirely unlike that of humans, but it differs in distinct ways. Bees see beyond violet, for example, and not quite so much at the other end of the spectrum: they cannot see red.

So, a meadow full of poppies is mostly “invisible” to bees, and they prefer plants that don other colors.

Now, do you prefer to “see” what sites are dangerous on the web? Let us make Safari render them mostly red and invisible:

How to Have Safari Check Page Safety Automatically

Safari for iOS

Time needed: 3 minutes.

To have sites checked for phishing attempts and malware automatically in Safari for iOS:

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Go to the Safari category.

  3. Enable Fraudulent Website Warning under PRIVACY & SECURITY.


Safari for macOS

To make Safari check pages for malware and phishing before it shows them on macOS:

  1. Select Safari | Preferences… from the menu in Safari.
  2. Go to the Security tab.
  3. Make sure Warn when visiting a fraudulent website is checked.
  4. Close the Security preferences window.

Safari Page Safety Checks: FAQ

Which service does Safari use to check for malware and phishing?

Safari uses Google Safe Browsing to check security on both macOS and iOS.

Can I override the Safari online safety check and still visit a site?


In the exceptional case that you are sure a site is safe to visit:

  1. Click Show Details on the Deceptive Website Warning page.
  2. Now click visit this unsafe website.

(How to have Safari check page safety automatically tested with Safari 13 for macOS and Safari 13 for iOS; updated January 2020)