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How to maintain your privacy in Internet Explorer

Keep your details using IE's built in privacy features

IE’s security settings determine whether active elements are allowed to run. As such, the Privacy tab under Internet Options dictates the fate of cookies and pop-ups. Cookies can be used to track your movements, but adjusting the slider to High will block them.

Internet Explorer Privacy Walkthrough 1

Click on the Advanced button under Internet Options and check the box for Override Automatic Cookie Handling. We recommend selecting ’Prompt for first- and third-party cookies’, which will prompt you when a site tries to place a cookie on your hard drive and allow you the deciding vote.

Internet Explorer Privacy Walkthrough 2

Now go back to the Privacy tab and click on By Sites. Here you can add domains you want to be exempt from cookie-handling policies. Enter a URL or domain name in the upper field and click on Allow, ok. You can simply right-click on the URL listed below to change your preferences later.

Internet Explorer Privacy Walkthrough 3

Blocking pop-ups will immediately enhance your browsing experience. You’ll find a simple tool to do this in Internet Options, Privacy. As with the other settings, you can specify exceptions and filter levels. If you’re running IE7, you should enable the Anti Phishing filter from the Tools menu. J

Internet Explorer Privacy Walkthrough 4

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