As an author of fiction (especially horror and thrillers), I often have to research things I wouldn’t want other people to know I’m looking for. For example, while writing a new romance/thriller series, I had to research how much time would elapse before the effects of benzodiazepine took hold.
That’s not something I want just anyone viewing in my browser history. Without context, that could be easily viewed as a red flag. For me, however, it’s just standard operating procedure when writing a novel.
Sometimes, I keep those private windows open, so I don’t lose that research while writing. Imagine me stepping away from my laptop, only to find someone peeking at my windows to see that I’ve been researching rather taboo topics.
“I’m a writer” doesn’t always work with some people.
Thankfully, with MacOS Sonoma and Safari 17, you can now password-protect your private browsing sessions. With a private session locked, the only way to view the contents of that Safari window is to first authenticate with either a password or TouchID. Without successful authentication, all private windows will remain locked, so no one can view the contents within.
Let me show you how to use this new feature.
How to enable Private Browsing Authentication
What you’ll need: To make use of the Private Browsing Authentication feature, you must have MacOS Sonoma installed on your MacOS device. Any version prior to Sonoma will not include this feature. I’ll demonstrate this on a MacBook Pro that has only recently been upgraded to Sonoma.
If you really want to keep your Private browsing session private, MacOS Sonoma has just the trick for you. Once you start using this feature, you’ll be thankful it’s there to prevent unwanted eyes from checking out what you’re researching.