Though internet explorer is one of the widely used browsers, It is very much vulnerable to security threats. Believe or not it is easy to hack! Microsoft itself has confessed that there exist some security flaws.So today for the Internet Explorer users we have a whole new blog on Internet Explorer Security. Read this to find out necessary steps:
1.Upgrade to the latest version of IE
Always switch to the upgraded version whenever available for internet explorer.interface and features always come improved with upgradations. In addition, many bugs are fixed by Microsoft for convenience. Many security features are also enhanced with time. When you want to check the available versions then you need to open your browser, press the key, open Help menu and after that you can select About internet explorer.It is important to upgrade your explorer for Internet Explorer Security.
2.Download IE updates
Irrespective of the Version of internet explorer you should always look for new updates while using internet explorer.It is important to use updated versions for greater security and protection. These updates typically patch known security holes and vulnerabilities. Open IE, press the Alt key, select the Tools menu, and then select Windows Update. If you’re using Windows 8, open IE in the desktop interface.In the Windows Update window that follows, click Check for Updates, and install IE or other updates. To ensure you stay up-to-date in the future, consider having updates installed automatically.
3.Enable Enhanced Protected Mode and 64-bit Processes
Internet Explorer does consist a feature named “Enhanced Protected Mode” back in Windows 8. In Enhanced Protected Mode, Internet Explorer runs website content through an “App Container.” Even if a malicious website gains access to exploit Internet Explorer, that App Container environment will prevent it from entering the rest of your computer.This is also necessary for Internet Explorer Security.
Unfortunately, this feature is off by default, because many older add-ons aren’t compatible with Enhanced Protected Mode. To enable this feature, click the gear menu and select “Internet Options” in Internet Explorer. Navigate to Advanced > Security and enable the “Enable Enhanced Protected Mode” option.If you enable these features, many add-ons will no longer function in Internet Explorer. Try enabling it and see if anything breaks. You can always turn it off if it doesn’t work for you.
4.Use Anti-Exploit Software
It is necessary for all the IE users to run an Anti-Exploit Softwares. These Softwares search through web browsers for common types of security attacks and resolve them if any threat is detected. If an attacker tries to exploit Internet Explorer, this type of utility can help prevent that. Modern browsers are increasingly integrating these sorts of anti-exploit techniques, but Internet Explorer has been left behind and isn’t doing so.
5.Check for add-on updates
It is recommended to install updates for Add-ons in internet explorer to prevent security vulnerabilities.Popular add-ons like Adobe Flash Player or Java can be easily affected by security threats.There are some tools like Qualys BrowserCheck, PSI, etc that make it easy for you to scan the browser just to make sure you have every update. You can scan the browser and know about any missing add-on updates easily.
6.Use SmartScreen Filtering
Internet explorer has the SmartScreen filter option, which blocks dangerous websites and downloads. It is generally enabled by default (Need to be selected in the recommended security settings while running IE for the first time), If not sure you should double-check to see if you still have SmartScreen Filtering turned on. Open IE, press the Alt key, open the Tools menu, and select SmartScreen Filter. If you see Turn On SmartScreen Filter the go click it.Now whenever you visit a malicious phishing or malware-infested site, or if you download a suspicious file, you’ll be notified with a warning message.
7.Verify or adjust security levels
Through IE you can customize security settings for different zones: The Internet, Local Intranet, Trusted Sites, and Restricted Sites. When you visit a website, IE automatically classifies it as in the Internet zone accept only the websites hosted from your local network or sites that you’ve added to the Trusted or Restricted lists beforehand. You can set each zone to a predefined security level and customize the settings as well.This strengthens your Internet Explorer Security.
Even if IE sets each zone to an acceptable level by default, you should double-check your settings for each zone and even turn them up for greater protection. Open IE, press the key, select the Tools menu, and click Internet Options. If you’re using Windows 8, open IE to get at these options.
From the Internet Options window, select the Security tab: you’ll then see icons for each security zone, which you can click to change their security level. The Internet zone is set to Medium to high by default, Local Internets are set Medium to low, Trusted Sites are Medium, and Restricted Sites is High. The Internet and Restricted Sites zones both have Protected Mode enabled (which alerts you when web pages try to install or run programs).It is recommended to use these default levels. If you change security levels for the various zones, you can always return them to their default settings by clicking Reset all zones to default level.
8.Set up tracking protection
Tracking Protection filter is available in internet explorer 9 and 10 which is very useful to protect your privacy.By default, Tracking Protection Lists are turned off. To enable and configure them, open IE, press the Alt key, select the Tools menu, and click Tracking Protection. To use a list, select it, and click the Enable button.Then, to choose how you want to block them, click the Settings button.Internet Explorer 10 comes with a “Do Not Track” settings.It protects you from getting tracked by websites you previously browsed.For this, it has immense importance in Internet Explorer Security.
To adjust your Do Not Track settings, open IE from the desktop, press the Alt key, pop open the Tools menu, and click Internet Options. From there, select the Advanced tab, scroll down to the Security section, and confirm that the Always send Do Not Track header setting is checked.
9.Use ActiveX Filtering
ActiveX filtering blocks all activeX contents wherever you browse but allows you to run a few if you want them selectively for Internet Explorer Security.This security feature is disabled by default. This is like an extra protection through filtering feature,it can be turned on: Open IE, press the Alt key, open the Tools menu, and click ActiveX Filtering if it isn’t already checked.After turning this on those suspicious contents will be automatically blocked.
Hope this article helped you.Now read some more about internet security.
At the end of the article we will definitely recommend you to use Chrome browser instead of Internet Explorer. But again for those situation when you can’t ditch Internet Explorer make sure you have paid heed to our tips, If you want us to assist you securing your internet explorer we are always here to help. Go for our Live Chat facility to chat with our internet security experts or just create a support ticket here