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Internet Explorer Configuration Checklist

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This checklist outlines basic security measures for Internet Explorer version 5.01 Service Pack 2 or later.

Internet Explorer Checklist

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Verify that you are running a 128-bit browser. On the Help menu, click About Internet Explorer. Your browser's encryption strength will be listed in the Cipher Strength value field.

 

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On the Tools menu, click Internet Options, and then click the Security tab. Verify that your security zones are set to their default levels.

 

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On the Tools menu, click Internet Options, and then click the Advanced tab. Verify that your Advanced settings are set to their default levels.

 

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Be sure to visit Microsoft Update regularly for new security updates.

To configure security zone settings:

  1. On the Tools menu of Internet Explorer, click Internet Options, and then click the Security tab.

  2. Click a security zone to select it and view its current settings.

  3. Change the following settings as necessary:

    • Security Level. To change the security level for the selected zone to High, Medium, Medium-low, or Low, move the slider. The on-screen description for each level can help you decide which level to select.

    • Sites. To add or remove Web sites from the zone, click the Sites button, and then click the Add or Remove button to customize your list of sites for the selected zone.

    • Custom Level. For more precise control of your security settings, click the Custom Level button, and then select the options you want. For more detailed instructions, please see Setting up Security Zones.

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