Internet interruptions can take many forms, from pop-up windows and browser notifications to video ads and page overlays. Pop-ups are largely seen as annoying – they are on top of the webpage you read, with an advertisement, video or message – but notifications have their benefits (in moderation).
Notifications appear in the browser down the URL bar to ask if a website can use your location or send you notifications. Autoplay videos & # 39; s are usually sent from specific websites and interrupt your browsing experience. Push notifications are sent from specific services, such as Slack, Twitter or Facebook, and are displayed temporarily through the open window.
Fortunately, major browser makers have tools to make certain notifications less invasive. This is what you need to know to keep these notifications and pop-ups under control.
Navigate to Settings in Chrome via the three-point menu () and then select Settings> Advanced> Privacy and security> Site settings> Notifications . Here Google recommends keeping Ask Before Sending enabled, but that means that every time a website wishes to send you a notification, you will receive a pop-up message asking for your approval. Instead, click the slider on the right and Blocked appears, removing all notifications.
But receiving absolutely no notifications may not be the best solution for you. In this case you can block individual websites with Chrome and put them on the white list.
If there are specific sites with annoying notifications that you want to stop, add them to a block list or keep everything blocked and only allow a few websites to send messages. Do this by clicking on the Add button under the Block or Allow sections and add the relevant URL. If you change your mind about a website, click on the menu with three dots () and remove it from the list.
With Chrome you can also delve deeper into any website in your Block or Allow list. Click the drop-down arrow next to an item in the list and you can manage permissions for that site.
This includes permissions for location, camera and microphone, requests, pop-ups and redirects, and intrusive advertisements. By default, most items are set to Ask, but you can continue and set exactly how each website works.
If you want more control over all these elements, go back to Settings> Advanced> Privacy and security> Site settings and you can manage the permissions for all websites. Although Chrome does a lot of work for you by blocking intrusive advertisements and pop-ups as standard, cookies, location data, peripherals, downloads and more can still be managed.
If this all feels too complicated, you can skip it and browse in incognito mode, which blocks standard notifications.
Firefox starts from Firefox 72, is expected next year and requires user interaction at all notification rights prompts, meaning "before a site can request notification permission, the user must tap, click or click on a
Navigate until that time in the upper right corner of Firefox, select the hamburger icon ()> Options> Privacy and security and then scroll down to the Permissions section. Here you can authorize websites to access location data and computer peripherals, as well as send notifications and autoplay videos.
You can immediately check the box under notifications to pause all notifications until Firefox is restarted, leaving you free of invasive messages for a while. Firefox also blocks pop-ups and warns against unauthorized add-ons by default. If you want to authorize individual websites in one of these categories, select the Settings or Exceptions button.
A menu shows a list of websites that you have previously blocked or allowed directly from notifications. Check the box at the bottom of the menu to block all new notification requests from now on. If there are items in the list that you want to change, use the drop-down menu to switch between Blocked and Allowed, or you can completely remove them from the list.
Navigate in Safari from the macOS main menu and select Safari> Preferences> Websites> Notifications to view all websites that you have allowed or denied. Use the drop-down menu for each item to change permissions, or highlight a website and click Delete to delete it completely.
You can also check the box next to Allow websites to ask permission if you want to completely stop pop-up notifications.
You can also manage notifications at the operating system level. Go to System Preferences> Notifications> Safari and you can control how the web browser passes on notifications to you or not at all. Set the alert style to None and clear the check boxes for the notification settings that you want to disable.
It should be noted that this method also works with Chrome, Firefox and any other third-party browser that you use on Mac.