Internet Explorer® 8 security settings in Windows® 7
Internet Explorer offers a number of features to facilitate the protection of your security and privacy when you browse the web. This facility is used to set and change options that can help protect your system from potentially destructive or malevolent online content. Internet Explorer includes security features like domain highlighting, smartscreen filter, add-on manager, cross site scripting (XSS) filter etc. If you want to increase the security on your Internet browsing, you need to change your Internet Explorer security settings. Internet Explorer assigns all websites to one of the four security zones namely Internet, Local intranet, Trusted sites, or Restricted sites. The zone to which a website is allotted specifies the security settings that are used for that particular site. In Internet Explorer, you shall configure security settings for the Local intranet zone and the trusted sites zone but you would not be allowed to change the security settings for the Internet zone and the restricted sites zone.
Following tips would help you know about security settings of Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7:
- Security features
- Protect your privacy
- Other features in IE 8
One of the first highlighted features is domain highlighting that lets you see the real web address of the websites you visit more easily. This helps you to avoid websites that use misleading web addresses to trick you. Then the SmartScreen Filter can help to protect you from online phishing attacks, fraud, and malicious websites. Another one is Manage Add-ons, which lets you halt or allow web browser add-ons. Cross site scripting (XSS) filter can help prevent attacks from fraudulent websites that attempt to steal your personal and financial information. A 128-bit secure (SSL) connection helps to use secure websites. This helps IE create an encrypted connection with websites run by banks or other organizations that handle sensitive customer information.
Protect your privacy
When you are online, Internet Explorer provides the following features that can help protect your privacy. First, InPrivate Browsing allows you to browse the web without recording a history in the browser. Then InPrivate Filtering can help you to see whether the information about the websites you visit is shared with other content providers. There are privacy settings that specify how your computer handles cookies. Also, it has the ability to view a website's privacy statement.
It can be frustrating when a program changes your default search provider, particularly if the provider is changed without your consent. But you can put a stop to this. For that, select the ‘Prevent programs from suggesting changes to my default search provider’ check box in the dialog box that appears when a program proposes a change. You shall also see which security settings are not at recommended levels, and change your Internet Explorer security settings and Internet Explorer privacy settings in simple steps as you need.
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