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Change the security and privacy settings for Internet Explorer 11

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Privacy settings

By adjusting Internet Explorer's privacy settings, you can influence how websites monitor your online activities. For example, you can decide which cookies should be stored and choose how and when websites are allowed to use your location data. You can also block unwanted popups.

Cookies are small files that websites place on your PC to save information about you and your preferred settings. Cookies can make browsing easier because websites can save your preferred settings or you don't have to log in every time you visit certain websites. However, some cookies may compromise your privacy by tracking the websites you have visited. For more information, see Clearing and Managing Cookies in Internet Explorer.

When the Do Not Track feature is enabled, Internet Explorer sends a Do Not Track request to websites visited and to the third-party providers whose content is hosted on those websites. This will let the websites know that you prefer not to be tracked. For more information, see Do Not Track.

Browsers store some information, such as search history, to make browsing easier. If you're using InPrivate Browsing, information such as passwords, search history, and page history are cleared when you close the tab.

To open an InPrivate browser session, right-click the Internet Explorer icon in the system tray and select InPrivate browser start from.

How to disable add-ons in InPrivate browser sessions

  1. Open the desktop and select the Internet Explorer icon on the system tray.

  2. Choose the button Extras and then Internet options out.

  3. Enable on the tab privacy check box Disable toolbars and extensions when starting InPrivate browsing and then select OK out.

Location services allow websites to request your physical location for convenience. A mapping website may e.g. B. Request your physical location to center the map accordingly. Internet Explorer lets you know when a website tries to use your location. In that case, choose Allow Once to allow one-time use of your location by a website. If you want your location to be used every time you visit the website, select Always allow out.

How to turn off position sharing

If you don't want websites to request your physical location, you can turn off location sharing. And this is how you proceed:

  1. To open Internet Explorer, select the Internet Explorer icon on the system tray.

  2. Click the button Extras and then select Internet options out.

  3. Activate on the Privacy tab under Locationthe Never allow websites check box, that you Request your physical location.

The pop-up blocker restricts or blocks pop-ups on visited websites. You can choose the level of blocking you want, turn pop-up blocking notifications on or off, or create a list of websites that you don't want to block pop-ups on. The pop-up blocker settings only apply to Internet Explorer.

How to activate or deactivate the pop-up blocker

  1. Open Internet Explorer, choose the button Extras and then Internet options out.

  2. Activate or deactivate on the tab privacy Check the box under "Pop-up blocker" Activate the pop-up blocker and then select OK out.

Block all popups

  1. Open Internet Explorer, choose the button Extras and then Internet options out.

  2. Select on the tab privacy under Popup blockerSettings out.

  3. Set the blocking level in the dialog box with the Pop-up blocker settings under Blocking level on Up: Block all popups (Ctrl + Alt to override) firmly.

  4. Choose Shut down and then OK out.

Disable blocking notifications for pop-ups

  1. Open Internet Explorer, choose the button Extras and then Internet options out.

  2. Select on the tab privacy under Popup blockerSettings out.

  3. Uncheck the dialog box Pop-up blocker settings check box Show notification bar when a popup is blocked.

  4. Choose Shut down and then OK out.

Tracking protection prevents information about your surfing behavior from being sent to third-party content providers on websites you visit. You can think of a tracking protection list as a Robinson list for telephone advertising. Internet Explorer blocks all third-party content from sites on the list and limits the information those third-party sites can collect about you.

Security zones

By changing your security settings, you can customize how Internet Explorer protects your PC from potentially harmful web content. Internet Explorer automatically assigns all websites to a security zone: Internet, Local Intranet, Trusted Sites, or Restricted Sites. Each zone has a different default security level that determines what kind of content can be blocked for that website. Depending on the security level of a website, some content may be blocked until you allow it, ActiveX controls may not run automatically, or warning messages may appear on certain websites. You can adjust the settings for each zone to achieve the level of security you want.

Change the security zone settings

  1. Open Internet Explorer, choose the button Extras and then Internet options out.

  2. Select the tab security and adjust the settings for the security zones as follows:

    • Select the zone icon, then move the slider to the security level you want to change the settings for a security zone.

    • To create your own security settings for a zone, select the zone icon, then select adjust the level out. Then select the settings you want.

    • Choose the button Reset all zones to the default level to reset all security levels to their original settings.

Adding and removing a website to or from a security zone

  1. Open Internet Explorer, choose the button Extras and then Internet options out.

  2. Select on the tab security the symbol for a safety zone (Local intranet, Trustworthy sites or Restricted sites) and then select Sites out. You can add websites to the selected zone and delete websites that you no longer want to be assigned to that zone.

  3. If you did in the previous step Local intranet have selected run under Extended do one of the following:

    • Adding a website. Enter in the field Add this website to the zone Enter the appropriate URL and choose Add out.

    • Remove a website. Choose under Websites the URL you want to remove and select Remove out.

Enable Enhanced Protected Mode

Enhanced Protected Mode makes it difficult for malware to run in Internet Explorer.

How to enable or disable Enhanced Protected Mode

  1. Open Internet Explorer, choose the button Extras and then Internet options out.

  2. Activate (or deactivate) on the tab Extended under security check box Enable Enhanced Protected Mode and then select OK out. You must restart your PC for this setting to take effect.