We’ve been looking at Internet Explorer in a series of articles. The browser has been around for a long time, but there are still a lot of things you might not know about it.  Today, we’re going to look at the very important security options.  Start by clicking the little gear icon at the top right of your browser. Then select Internet options from the drop-down menu.

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When the options window opens, click the Security tab.

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At the top, you can choose the zone in which you want to change the settings.  You can choose between the Internet, a local intranet or just trusted sites or blocked sites.

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Use the Security level slider to choose how strict you want the security to be.

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Different zones have different maximum security levels. The Internet’s maximum in medium-high, local intranet is medium-low, trusted sites is medium, and restricted sites can go to high.  You also have the option of turning on Protected mode and using a custom level.

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Click that Custom button and you have a lot of options. Unless you are pretty darn tech-smart, you may not want to get into these.

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You can also increase the security setting here.

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At any time you can reset all the zones to a default level with one click.

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You’ll need to hit Apply or OK to finalize the changes. They won’t take effect until you restart your computer.

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~ Cynthia