How to Stop Autoplay Videos in Safari 11

Autoplay video: The bane of the web. You either hate them, or are completely disgusted by them. Fortunately, with Safari 11 in macOS High Sierra (Safari 11 is also available for macOS Sierra), you can easily disable autoplay video and surf the web in relative peace.

Here’s how to stop autoplay videos in Safari 11.

Stop autoplay videos: The quick way

1. When you’re on a website with autoplay videos, you can change how those video behave. Click on Safari > Settings for This Website or right-click the URL box and select Settings for This Website.

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2. A pop-up will appear underneath the URL box. There is a listing that says Auto-Play. If you move your cursor over the phrase next to Auto-Play, you will see that it turns into a pop-up menu with three choices:

  • Allow All Auto-Play
  • Stop Media with Sound
  • Never Auto-Play

Make your selection.

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3. Now click anywhere on the screen to make the pop-up disappear.

Videos will show a Play button. To play a video, click on it.

You can always go back to this Safari preference if you want to change a setting for a website.

Type 1+2+3 In Your iPhone Calculator, If It’s On iOS 11 It Won’t Give You The Correct Answer

Users on Twitter have been complaining about a bug in the Calculator app in iOS 11. Apparently, typing in 1+2+3= in the calculator too fast, results in it displaying the incorrect answer.

What’s actually happening here is that visual frills for the app are interfering with its efficiency. Basically, there’s a bit of lag in the animation when you type two or more numbers together, so it misses out some key presses. And the weird part is, this glitch has been around since iOS 11 was in beta testing.

Basically, the calculator ignores inputs here and there unless you’re typing slowly enough to account for your keypad lighting up. If a key is still highlighted, hitting another key will not do anything, it just won’t register.

A few users have also experience similar issues in older versions of iOS, but it’s much more noticeable in iOS 11, to the point where it can make the app almost unusable unless you’re typing agonisingly slow.

Apple seems to be aware of the issue, as one employee tweeted that more than 70 filed have filed a report pointing out the bug to the company.

Now it’s just a matter of waiting to see if all the attention forces apple to patch the issue sooner.

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    Researchers hack iOS 11 at Mobile Pwn2Own 2017

    Security researchers competing at Mobile Pwn2Own 2017 were able to hack various smartphones, including Apple’s brand new iOS 11.1 software.

    Apple released iOS 11.1 on Halloween and the operating system was hacked multiple times at Zero Day Initiative’s (ZDI) Mobile Pwn2Own on Nov. 1 and 2. Tencent Keen Security Lab did the most damage at the competition with two successful hacks of iOS 11 running on an iPhone 7.

    On day one of Mobile Pwn2Own, the Keen Lab team was able to successfully load a rogue application and have it persist through a reboot with a WiFi exploit that used a total of four different vulnerabilities to execute. It is unknown what bugs were used, but Apple had previously confirmed the recently disclosed KRACK WiFi flaw was patched in iOS 11.1, so this would have been a different WiFi issue.

    However, one of the bugs used by Keen Lab on day one was also used by Qihoo 360 Security, of China, in a WiFi hack on iOS 11.1 on day two. Dustin Childs, in charge of ZDI communications for Trend Micro, said this was a surprising event.

    “After a successful demonstration, things got a bit murky in the disclosure room. 360 Security used three separate bugs to exploit WiFi on the iPhone, but one of the bugs was submitted in a previous attempt in the contest by a different competitor,” Childs wrote in a blog post. “While the intrigue of a bug collision is certainly interesting, let’s not overlook the fact that 360 Security demonstrated an exploit that exfiltrated data from an iPhone just by connecting it to a WiFi network.”

    On day one, Keen Lab also separately hacked iOS 11 by exploiting a Safari browser bug and a system service flaw in order to get its rogue application to persist through a reboot. For its efforts at Mobile Pwn2Own, Keen Lab earned a total of $155,000.

    Richard Zhu, security researcher also known as fluorescence, successfully exploited a Safari browser flaw and another bug to escape the iOS sandbox and execute code, earning $25,000.

    Mobile Pwn2Own 2017 roundup

    Itzhak “Zuk” Avraham, founder of Zimperium, Inc., said on Twitter it’s important for users to realize even new and updated phones are at risk.

    “If mobile pwn2own this year tells us one thing: phones are totally insecure. Not even speaking about old/outdated phones. This is the golden age for offensive security companies. If you care about your data, prepare accordingly,” Avraham wrote on Twitter. “If multiple groups were able to hack so many different models remotely, including multiple baseband submissions, we, as users, are in trouble. Unfortunately, this is totally aligned with what I’m personally seeing in the wild.”

    In total, day one of Mobile Pwn2Own 2017 had five successful hack attempts across various devices and two failed attempts, while day two had six more attempts which were all successful.

    ZDI said Mobile Pwn2Own 2017 was its largest mobile contest ever with a total of 32 unique bugs submitted. The 11 successful attacks came against the Samsung Galaxy S8, Huawei Mate9 Pro and Apple iPhone 7.

    Lukas Stefanko, malware researcher at ESET, noted one major smartphone was not hacked during the competition.

    iOS 11 update has slowed down older iPhones (Poll Results)

    The Apple iOS 11 software update was one of the biggest changes to the system, bringing a lot of new functionality and a brand new Control Center to iPhones, but initial reports by many suggest one thing: it has made older iPhones (iPhone 7 and earlier) stutter and run very slowly.

    To double-check whether this is indeed true for the majority of users, we asked you, our readers, to share your impressions with your iPhones after the iOS 11 update and the results of the poll are in: the overwhelming majority of users of older iPhones do notice some form of slow-down or stutter when using their devices.

    Some 31% see a really bad decline in performance on their iPhones (that’s what we’ve witnessed on iPhone 6 as well), then nearly 25% say that they do notice more stutter, but that the issue is not severe. Then, 23% of users actually report that their iPhones are working just fine and they do not notice any drop in performance. Keep in mind that the iOS 11.1 update seems to fix stutter issue on some devices to a certain degree.

    Finally, we had a large and curious Android crowd overlooking the results and enjoying their platform.

    Overall, it’s definitely not Apple-like to have such issues with speed and performance after an update, especially to the degree we see reported on iOS 11. Let’s hope for a fix.

    Phonearena polls

    Did the iOS 11 update slow down your iPhone?
    Yes, it stutters really bad now
    31.14% (1029 votes)
    (1029 votes)
    Yes, it stutters slightly more
    24.85% (821 votes)
    (821 votes)
    Nope, still runs well
    22.85% (755 votes)
    (755 votes)
    I use Android 😉
    21.16% (699 votes)
    (699 votes)

    3304 votes