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Making Internet Explorer Safer - tutorial from bleepingcomputer

Posted by ClifNotes, Aug 2008, permalink Windows Tips


Wouldn't it be nice if there was a magic wand you could wave over your PC so that your web browsers would be safer to use?

Sorry, it ain't happening.


If you want to make Microsoft's Internet Explorer safe to use, you may have to roll up your sleeves and do a little work. The tutorial below doesn't include screen shots and easy to follow instructions, but it covers a great deal of tips on making your IE a safer place to surf from.


Quote from the website

The components that make up Internet Explorer are tightly integrated into the Windows environment, so making changes to them affects many other programs including Outlook (Express) and Windows Media Player. Be aware of the changes you make!

Even if you mistype an address you might fall into the hands of someone who has bad intentions. A simple example is the well known search engine of Google. If you mistype this as Goggle, you'll end up at a site for SpyBouncer...|


Every day, new security holes are found in Internet Explorer, so you should always keep Internet Explorer up-to-date, even if you use another browser like Opera or Firefox. By not updating you might leave holes to be used in other programs.


Another cause for trouble is active content. ActiveX controls and Java applets can bring the net to life, but they also introduce possible risks in that they will have programming errors that can be used maliciously.