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Despite Apple's claim that its engineers "designed Safari to be secure from day one," researchers have already found several dangerous flaws in the new Safari for Windows browser.
These flaws can be used to launch drive-by malware downloads if a user is lured to a malicious Web site.
Here are several steps you can take to disable various features in Safari to reduce the risk of hacker attacks.
On Apple's Safari download site, Windows users have two choices -- Safari bundled with QuickTime or Safari as a standalone download.
If you wish to beta test the new browser, avoid the QuickTime bundle, which could potentially introduce additional security risks.
You can download the browser without giving your e-mail address to Apple.
During the Safari for Windows installation process, Apple gives you the option to install the Bonjour networking service and a software update utility that helps with the patching/updating process.
For security reasons, uncheck the Bonjour service installation. There have been serious code execution holes found in this service.
Install the Apple Software Update tool to ensure you receive fixes and security patches automatically.
This screen is taken from Safari on the Mac but it also applies to the Windows version.
On Safari for Windows, choose Edit and ensure that Block Pop-up Windows is checked.
The shortcut for this is Ctl+Shift+K.
This option will prevent sites from opening another window through the use of scripting, or active content.
You should be aware that while pop-up windows are often associated with advertisements, some sites may attempt to display content relevant to your usage of the site in a new window.
Therefore, setting this option may disable the functionality of some sites.
Source: CERT/CC (Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center).