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Internet Explorer's Security Zones - Part 2

Internet Explorer's Security Zones, Part 2 of 4

Internet Explorer provides the ability to segregate the Internet into zones, permitting you to assign a Web site to a zone with a security level of your choosing. This week, in Part 2 of this 4-part series, we'll take a look at the Trusted Sites zone, but first a quick recap:

Adjusting Security Zone settings in Internet Explorer is accomplished through its Internet Options window. From within Internet Explorer, click Tools > Internet Options > Security tab. At the top of the Security tab under "Select a Web content zone to specify its security settings," is a box displaying icons for the four security zones: Internet, Local Intranet, Trusted Sites, and Restricted Sites. This week, let’s select “Trusted Sites.”

Trusted Sites

Under "Security level for this zone," if you move the slider to the bottom, the display will show Low. Note: If the slider bar is not visible, click the Default Level button to display it. To move the slider bar, hold the mouse pointer over the slider knob, hold down the left mouse button, and drag the bar down to the desired setting, then release the mouse button. The default setting for this zone may already be on Low, but if not, you can change it by moving the slider bar.

As the name suggests, this zone is for sites that you trust and therefore want all site features and enhancements to function.

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To add a site to the Trusted Sites zone, go to the site you would like to add, place your mouse pointer on the address of the site as it is displayed in the Address bar at the top of the IE window, right-click, and select Copy.

Next, click Tools > Internet Options > Security tab, and again select the Trusted Sites zone. Click the Sites button, then right-click in the box under "Add this Web site to the zone." Click Paste > OK, then click Apply > OK to save and exit.

Lastly, click IE's toolbar Refresh button to reload the Web site and begin using the site under the new security settings. Internet Explorer will recognize whenever you return to this Web site and will use the security settings you have established for this zone.

If you open a link from a trusted site that requires you to leave that Web site, the new site will not have Trusted Sites status. If you have IE's View settings configured to display the Status bar (View > Status Bar), whatever Security Zone the current Web site operates under will be displayed on the right portion of the Status bar.

In Part 3 of this series, we'll take a look at IE's Restricted Sites zone.

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