How to Improve IE 7 Security By Changing Browser Settings

Changing browser settings is not as effective as a strong password you keep secret, but it will prevent others from automatically getting logged on as you.
Changing browser settings is not as effective as a strong password you keep secret, but it will prevent others from automatically getting logged on as you. | Source

Methods to Improve Internet Explorer Security

One method of improving your computer’s security through Internet Explorer 7 is changing the cookie settings. Cookie settings are available under the privacy tab. They can be set by site or security zone.

Keep cookies on for legitimate banking websites, financial institutions, and major institutions you shop online with. Keep cookies turned off for everyone else.

Review the cookies under the privacy tab. If there are cookies for more than one website of a similar name (such as amazon.com compared to amazon.az.com – in this case, delete the one that does not include the legitimate organization’s website.)

Another security hole in browser security is the toolbar, especially for users with add-on toolbars. To prevent others from manipulating your toolbars, lock them. To get to the “lock the toolbars” button, right click on the command bar. Then select “Lock the toolbar”. Remove all toolbars other than that with Internet Explorer 7. Non-IE browser toolbars are add-ons that can give others access to your computer via social book-marking (and add a phishing website to your drop down list), tool bar add-ons with malicious code inside them, and contain spyware within them.

Periodically review your toolbars for those that you did not add, since this is a common place for spyware or ad-ware to hide. Remove any browser add-ons with which you are unfamiliar or did not personally choose to install.

Don't save passwords in the browser, and avoid using software apps that manage passwords for you.


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