No, this isn’t a joke. We’re going to show you how to secure Internet Explorer in less than 10 minutes using the built-in tools in the browser as well as extensions. Yes, you heard me right. Everyone has a browser preference and even those who use Internet Explorer have ways to keep the IE as secure as possible.
Do Not Track to secure IE
Do Not Track can be enabled in just about every browser out there. To learn how to enable it in Internet Explorer, check out our guide.
By turning on Do Not Track in IE, you can ensure you aren’t being followed around on the Internet by trackers. This is one of the best ways to secure IE.
IE offers a variety of privacy settings that most users simply leave at default and ignore. You should never, ever ignore privacy settings in any browser you use, including securing IE.
You can open IE’s privacy settings by clicking the “Gear Icon” and click “Safety.”
These are one set of settings to go through to tweak IE to your liking.
If you hit “Gear Icon” again, you can then click “Internet Options” and open the “Privacy” tab.
Again, you can tweak these settings to the level of protection you want in Internet Explorer.
There are many extensions out there that protect privacy and security in your web browser, IE included.
Some of our favorites for securing IE include:
We’ve covered Web of Trust for Chrome at TechNorms, but it works the same for IE and gives you ratings based on the site you’re visiting.
McAfee SiteAdvisor is a plug-in for IE that gives you red, yellow and green ratings for web sites that are trusted in the McAfee database. These database entries are updated frequently and you can see why web sites rank the way you do so you never whether they are safe.
No More Cookies manages your cookies in IE better than the browser itself does. You can white list and blacklist them as well and ensure they are deleted every time you close down IE.
Yahoo! Toolbar with Anti-Spyware and DoNotTrackMe are our honorable mentions. While we genuinely stay away from toolbars due to how unfriendly they are during uninstalls, Yahoo’s Toolbar builds in some nifty anti-spyware features. We wish they’d release that on its own. DoNotTrackMe also adds an additional level of the feature into IE which can give you double coverage when surfing the web.
IE, like Chrome and other browsers, offers a private browsing mode. Internet Explorer calls this InPrivate Browsing. In order to open it, click on the “Gear Icon” in the top right hand corner, then click “Safety” and finally “InPrivate Browsing.”
This will open the InPrivate browsing window and give you a little bit more of information on it. InPrivate browsing is a great way to browse under the radar and stay secure in IE.
Really? Can IE be secured?
Even those using IE can take the above steps to help secure the browser. While securing IE has a bad rap for being one of the most insecure browsers out there, you can take steps to make it something better than what Microsoft releases. By taking your privacy and security seriously, you can then make any browser – even Microsoft Internet Explorer – more secure in the process.