Internet options: Privacy & Content

This week, we’ve been exploring the Internet options menu for Windows. We’ve already tackled some of your choices. Click here to read the first part of our series:

Today, we’ll explore your choices under the Privacy and Content tabs. When you’re dealing with this menu, some of the choices affect only Internet Explorer while others have a direct effect on Microsoft Edge and other browsers on your PC. The Privacy and Content tabs affect only Internet Explorer except for the Manage Passwords, option.


Under Settings, you have the option of Sites or Advanced.


Choose Sites, and you can pick which websites are always or never allowed to use cookies no matter what their privacy policy might be. Type in the exact address of the site and chose Block or Allow.


The site will be added to your list of managed domains. You can remove any site from the list just by clicking on it and choosing Remove. Don’t forget to hit OK to save your changes.


You can also choose whether sites are allowed to request your location, turn on the pop-up blocker, or disable toolbars and extension when using InPrivate Browsing.


Click Settings next to the Pop-up Blocker option and you can add sites where pop-ups will be allowed.   You can also choose to be notified when pop-ups are blocked, both visually and with a sound. There is also an option for controlling the level of pop-up blocking. Don’t forget to choose Apply or OK to save your changes.



Up next, we’ll click on the Content tab.  A reminder that these settings only affect Internet Explorer.



Under Certificates, you can manage how Internet Explorer deals with security certificates. You have the option to clear the current SSL slate and view current certificates and their publishers.


Autocomplete controls whether webpages make suggestions to finish addresses and passwords when you’re typing. Click on Settings to make changes. Choose whether AutoComplete is used for the address bar, browsing history, Windows search results, forms, user names, and passwords. You can also click on Manage Passwords, to control which passwords are stored, or delete the entire AutoComplete history.


If you click on Manage Passwords, you’ll see your Windows credentials. This can affect your password information for programs besides Internet Explorer. You can click on any of the credentials to view your saved username and password or delete it.



Tomorrow, we’ll check out Connections and Programs.


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