Tips on how to safely use explorer surfing the internet
Posted by cfhi at May 14th, 2015
Internet Explorer is amongst the securest browsers available today. But if you want tips on increasing safety of explorer especially while surfing internet then read further. This browser is quiet safe as it comes with default safety features like location filter and smartscreen filtering. It is having lots of safety features as well. All one requires is ensuring that they have those safety features turned on so as to enjoy completely safe and secure browsing.
- Smart screen filter should be enabled. When installing Internet Explorer 9 or its later versions, you’ll be asked whether you wish turning on its Smart Screen Filter. In case this filter is already turned on then no issues else you can do it manually by going to Internet Options and then to Advanced Tab. Under Advanced Tab you will find Settings option click here and locate option Enable SmartScreen Filter. Click on the checkbox in case if it isn’t checked. Click on Ok for closing dialog box of Internet Options.
- Prevent Location Tracking by websites. Here one option that is available is using proxy. It should be noted that all proxies aren’t trustable. For turning on location filter, you need to open Internet Options, go to Privacy tab and select checkbox that says “never allow websites to request your physical location”. It would provide you safety, not completely but to a large extent. There isn’t any other site like Google that would always find way for tracing user location when one is using their IP address while logging in to its site. Location Tracking offers little protection against malicious sites.
- Security Zones of Explorer include four predefined zones namely Restricted sites, Trusted sites, Internet and Local intranet. For customizing security zones one requires opening Internet Explorer, then go to Settings, then Internet Options, and finally to Security tab. In this section, users can select zone as well as choose security levels that they wish setting for those zones individually.
- Prevention against 3rd party cookies. It is a tough task using a site without permitting it to store 3rd party cookies on the system. But not all 3rd party cookies are always bad but when one is concerned with safety of Internet Explorer, it definitely is something to consider. For preventing sites to store cookies on your system you need to open dialog box for Internet Options using Tools menu or open from Control Panel or click Alt+T. Now go to Privacy tab and under Settings section one would see default slider value to be Medium. Medium setting allows sites to save 3rd party cookies when they visit some noted sites. As you don’t want anything from 3rd party, change these settings. For this click on Advanced Tab, tick the check box that says Override Automatic Cookie Handling. Now under 1st party cookies click on Accept and under 3rd party cookies select the Block option. Now click on OK and again OK for closing dialog box for Internet options. As a result, websites would be prevented from saving all unwanted cookies on the system.
- Run security troubleshooter for Internet Explorer. It could be a good idea running security troubleshooter. This would check settings of Internet Explorer as well as offer recommendations. It would also enable phishing filter, pop-up blocker, Data Execution Prevention as well as reset all explorer settings to settings that are recommended.
- Make use of proxy IP address. This is one of the best ways by which you can prevent outsiders from seeing actual or original IP address of your system. There are ip hiding tools as well that can be used for changing IP address or for creating proxy IP address.
Those who are using Internet Explorer 9, some security features that have been added to it are explained below:
- It offers enhanced warning system potentially for dangerous downloads. There is a new feature called Application Reputation that will assist users in making safe decisions when downloading content from the internet. This feature makes use of reputation data that is available for preventing unnecessary warning for the programs having established reputation. This would also show warning when download is carrying high chances of being malicious.
- Filters all content that could be dangerous. ActiveX Filtering feature will allow users to select which sites can run. When this control is allowed, only sites that users trust will be accessible hence reducing number of ways in which cybercriminals can cause harm to your system.
- Assists users in avoiding malware and phishing scams. It comes with SmartScreen filter that will protect your system from sites that are found suspect of hosting various kinds of malicious content. As soon as this feature detects that the website can be unsafe, it would send an alert to users thereby providing them recommended actions as well.
- Prevents privacy from tracking online. There are several sites that make use of technology that track activities that users perform when browsing internet. Tracking Protection is a feature that will assist users in protecting their privacy mainly from 3rd party trackers online. One can install Tracking Protection List that is offered by various providers that one trusts so as to allow or block 3rd party tracking.
- Assists users in protecting against attacks like cross-site scripting. Usually cybercriminals search for vulnerabilities that are there in your site code so that it becomes easy for them to insert malicious code that can collect private information regarding site visitors. Once the cybercriminals exploit those vulnerable points in your code, they can hijack web account of users, perform unwanted actions, as well as monitor your keystrokes. With Explorer, all these attacks are minimized and malicious code is blocked by neutralizing them.