Mac OS X is updating your preferences in the background

Recently I noticed that a config file of Safari gets updated every now and then even if Safari is not running. The same goes for a configuration file:

/Users/hashier/Library/SyncedPreferences/com.apple.Safari.plist
/Users/hashier/Library/SyncedPreferences/com.apple.syncedpreferences.plist

These two files are not directly readable with e.g. cat but you can execute:

$ defaults read /Users/hashier/Library/SyncedPreferences/com.apple.Safari.plist

To see what they give you. You can see all your open tabs on all your iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook etc devices that support Safari Cloud Tabs. The other file reveals other system preferences that get synced over the cloud like some settings from Apple Mail. Just have a look and poke a bit around.

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