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Step-by-Step Security Tutorial – Internet Explorer

How to Configure Internet Explorer to Stay (More) Secure Online: Step-by-Step

The Internet is an amazing place. It is the world’s largest man-made object. It has changed and enhanced our lives in countless ways. Like most things, it has it’s “good side” and it’s “bad side”. I think you need to know: cyber-criminals are ruining it. And stealing billions of dollars a year in the process (that we know about.. think “tip of the iceberg”).

Instead of simply telling you “be safer”, I have a link to a step-by-step slideshow tutorial: How to configure Internet Explorer for secure surfing

“With assistance from the United States Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT), this slideshow will walk you through the steps to configure Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to limit the damage from hacker attacks.”


click for slideshow

In this digital age, we are all connected, and each of us plays an important role in securing cyberspace.

It Is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

So do your part. Make sure your web browser is “hardened” against online attacks.

Today’s free link: If IE is your main browser, I recommend installing Spyware Blaster as well as the steps above.

SpywareBlaster doesn’t scan for and clean spyware–it prevents it from being installed in the first place. SpywareBlaster prevents the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, dialers, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs. It can also block spyware/tracking cookies in IE, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape, and many other browsers, and restrict the actions of spyware/ad/tracking sites. With the built-in Check for Updates feature, you can help ensure your protection is up-to-date. SpywareBlaster also includes a System Snapshot feature, which lets you take a snapshot of your computer in its clean state and later revert, undoing many changes made by spyware and browser hijackers.

Related: Earlier I posted a slideshow tutorial for the web browser Firefox (see, Safer Internet Surfing Cont. – Tutorial: Tweak Firefox for Greater Security)

Folks, to find out more about cyber-security, and connect to more educational resources, click here.

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October 18, 2010 - Posted by | advice, browsers, computers, Firefox, how to, IE 7, ie 8, IE 9, Internet, Microsoft, Phishing, phraud, privacy, security, software | , , , , , , ,


  1. Thanks for the tips, I think some of them can be applied to Firefox as well. Maybe not too much for Chrome.


    Comment by Me Que | October 18, 2010 | Reply

    • Me Que,
      Toward the bottom of the article is a link to the slideshow specific to Firefox.

      I will have to look into a Chrome version.. or write one!


      Comment by techpaul | October 18, 2010 | Reply

  2. TechPaul,

    Very nice find… Will be locking down my IE browser with these tips.

    Have a great day!



    Comment by Ramblinrick | October 19, 2010 | Reply

    • Rick,
      I haven’t looked at the “browser war” numbers lately, but many folks (half?) use Internet Explorer to surf the Web. I think it a safe bet on my part to guess that you are like me, and many of my readers, in using an “alternative” browser as my primary surfing tool — and using IE only for those websites that require Active-X interaction.

      Regardless of how we “browse” the Internet, the fact remains: that is how the Evil Doers attack our machines. It is incumbent on us to take a few minutes and review our security settings.


      Comment by techpaul | October 19, 2010 | Reply

  3. Interesting Article/SpywareBlaster as well as the comments questions and suggestions of the readers and users of it… Kaspersky Team, The How Tos and Vid is explicit too. (this seems like one of the easier ones.)

    Being computer dumb and often annoyed with pop-up windows and such… I think I can benefit from Spyware Blaster.




    Comment by Gaia | October 19, 2010 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      While it is true that installing SpywareBlaster is a very good idea, it is not really a pop-up blocker utility.

      There are utilities just for that job; and, your security suite probably includes some of that functionality; but, Internet Explorer (other browsers, too) includes a pop-up blocker. The first thing to do is make sure it’s turned on.

      Click Tools > Pop-up Blocker

      and make sure “Turn Off Pop-up Blocker” is showing (that means it is on) or click on “Turn On Pop-up Blocker”.


      Comment by techpaul | October 19, 2010 | Reply

  4. Thanks Paul, I will explore further…


    Comment by Gaia | October 19, 2010 | Reply

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