Friday, August 17, 2007

Use Internet Explorer safely

Switch on extra protection in Internet Explorer

Most people use Internet Explorer to browse the worldwide web. The latest version contains many safety features.

Upgrade Internet Explorer

The first thing to do is to make sure you’re using the latest version of the Internet Explorer. We recommend running the latest version because it includes many security features that were not present in previous versions. (At the time of writing, this was version 7.)

You can see which version you are currently using by selecting the Help menu and then About Internet Explorer.

You can get the latest version from Microsoft's website or by running Windows Update.

Security features

Internet Explorer 7 has several important safety features:

  • Identifying phishing and other kinds of spoof websites.
  • Blocking unwanted popup windows.
  • Displaying safety information in the status bar and address box.

Restrict what unknown websites can do to your PC

Microsoft Internet Explorer has a feature designed to restrict the damage that a rogue Internet site can do. It groups websites into one of four zones: trusted, restricted and local intranet and internet. When you start Explorer for the first time, all sites are in the ‘Internet’ zone which has medium-high restrictions. You can allocate sites into the other categories. Restricted sites are the most constrained whereas trusted sites have maximum freedom. To add a website to a different category, go to the Tools menu and select Internet Options. Click the Security tab, and then click the security zone where you want to add the site.

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