Update: Blur and Safari v. 12.0.3

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In a previous blog post, we wrote how Apple changed their framework for extensions like Blur when they released Safari v. 12.0. This previous change only impacted the way that Blur could be installed in Safari, and at the time, Blur performed perfectly normal in Safari v. 12.0. 

Unfortunately with Apple’s latest update of Safari, Safari v. 12.0.3, we currently cannot update Blur to function properly within Safari’s parameters, and the Blur extension is not currently available to be used with Safari.

These recent changes to Safari would require changes to Blur that cannot be made at this time. The most obvious example of this is the way in which Safari now handles tracker blocking. With v. 12.0.3, Safari makes it impossible for Blur to detect or control which trackers are being blocked, a core functionality of Blur that our users depend on to stay private while browsing the internet. In general, Safari actually does a fairly good job of tracker blocking itself, and we’d consider them to be the leader of default tracker blocking among the major browsers, like Chrome or Firefox.


Don’t worry, you can still use Blur

If you prefer to use Safari for your browsing needs, you can still access your Blur account using your Safari browser: simply go to https://dnt.abine.com, and login to your Blur account. Doing so will give you access to all features of Blur, except for tracker blocking and auto-fill on other webpages. 

If you’re not opposed to using other internet browsers, the Blur browser extension is still available for Chrome, Firefox and Opera. Plus, Blur mobile apps are also available on iOS and Android for mobile devices. 
If the status of Blur for Safari changes in the future we will let you know. If you wish to be notified if the Blur Extension for Safari becomes available again, email our support team at blur-support@getabine.com, and we will be sure to notify you when Blur becomes available on Safari.

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