Working with Internet Explorer Browser

Internet Explorer is the default browser in Windows 7.  It protects your computer from threats such as Malware & Phishing. You can configure the Internet Explorer by configuring the Compatibility view, smart screen filter, Security settings, Inprivate mode and pop- up blocker.

Steps to configure Internet Explorer Compatibility View:

  1. Click the broken icon at the end of the address bar. Or
  2. Click ‘Tools’ – Select ‘Compatibility View settings’. The ‘Compatibility view settings’ window will be displayed.
  3. You can add specific websites which you want to display in compatibility view.

You can also configure ‘Compatibility view settings’ with the help of group policy. The steps are as follows:

  1. Type ‘gpedit.msc’ in search box of the start menu.
  2. Expand ‘Computer configuration’ – ‘Windows components’ –‘Internet Explorer – ‘Compatibility view’ node. There are several policies which you can configure.
  3. Turn on IE 7
  4. Turn off Compatibility View
  5. Turn off Compatibility view button
  6. Include updated website list from Microsoft
  7. Use policy list of IE 7 sites

Steps to configure security settings:

  1. Open the IE browser and click on ‘Tools’ in the menu bar.
  2. Click ‘Internet options’ and select ‘Security Tab’. The security zones available are as follows:
  3. Local intranet: These are the computers in the organizational intranet.
  4. Trusted sites: This zone contains website that you trust will not damage your computer or files saved on your computer. IE provides less security for the sites in the trusted zone.
  5. Restricted sites: This zone contains websites that damage your computer or files saved on your computer. You can add malicious sites to this zone if it is necessary to visit that site. The security level for this zone is high.
  6. Internet Zone: This zone contains all the websites that are not in Intranet, Trusted and Restricted sites. Sites in this zone cannot make any changes to your computer with Windows 7. The default Security level for this zone is medium –High.

Smart screen Filter:

Smart screen filter is a feature of internet explorer that protects your internet explorer from browsing websites which are illegal, viral fraudulent or malicious.  Smart screen filter blocks the websites related to phishing.

Steps to configure Smart screen filter:

  1. Click ‘Start’ – ‘Internet Explorer 8’.
  2. Click on ‘Safety’ – ‘Smart screen filter’.
  3. Click ‘Turn on/off Smart screen Filter’.
  4. The ‘Microsoft Smart screen filter’ window will be displayed.
  5. Select the option ‘Turn On’ and click ‘Ok’.

In private mode:

In private mode is the feature of Internet explorer 8 that limits the amount of information available about the users browsing session to a third party user. In private browsing mode prevents your Internet Explorer from storing data such as cookies, temporary files, history and other data of your browsing session. If you turn on the in private browsing for your internet explorer, it prevents other users of your computer from seeing data of your browsing session. Many WebPages contain content such as advertisements, maps or web analysis tools other than their actual web content. These are called content providers or third party websites. You can turn on the ‘In private filtering mode’ to restrict your browsing information from content providers.

Steps to configure in private mode:

  1. Click ‘Start’ – ‘Internet Explorer Safety’ button – ‘in private browsing’.
  2. A new tab will open in which ‘In private browsing’ feature will be activated.
  3. Now you can start browsing from this particular tab.

Steps to configure in private Filtering:

  1. Click ‘Start’ – ‘Internet Explorer’.
  2. Click ‘Safety’ button – ‘In private Filtering settings’.
  3. The ‘In private Filtering settings’ window will appear. To automatically block the websites, click ‘Automatically Block’ option. You can also ‘Choose content to block or allow’ manually.
  4. Click ‘Ok’.