/* Menu creation problem '1958-475', Bok=0, Snm=0, Omen=) */ /* Menu creation problem '1958-475', Bok=0, Snm=0, Omen=) */ /* Menu creation problem '1958-475', Bok=0, Snm=0, Omen=) */ /* Menu creation problem '1958-475', Bok=0, Snm=0, Omen=) */ /* Menu creation problem '1958-475', Bok=0, Snm=0, Omen=) */ /* Menu creation problem '1958-475', Bok=0, Snm=0, Omen=) */
Contact us
Let us put you in the driving seat of your new Web Site

Putting technology in ITs place:
Business and People first!

Click on link to rightWhy Business before Technology
Call us now
Maintain your own site
Click on link to rightSelf Maintenance Sites
[Home]   [Site Map]   [Privacy]   [Toggle Print]   [Contact]   [Bottom of Page]

Configuring Microsoft products for safety, security and privacy

Internet Explorer - INTERNET ZONE SETTINGS - also see Advanced, OE and Brief version

Just to re-iterate why this is so important - these are the SECURITY SETTINGS FOR ANY UNKNOWN SITE or one that you have chosen to remain at this 'level'. You may want to 'promote' trusted sites to a higher level using the instructions in How to trust a web site to allow them more freedom to exploit interactive and other features of your browser.

For anyone who thinks that Active-X controls are more trustworthy when they are signed should see an old quote from the MS site - it shows what the early designers had in mind (or not!)...

These are all the settings for the Internet Zone. To get to these settings from Internet Explorer simply click on "Tools" then "Internet Options" then "Security" (top Tab) then click on "Custom level" while having "Internet Zone" highlighted (the "Globe" icon).

The easiest and safest way to achieve all these settings is to start by selecting "High" in the "Reset Custom settings" and then click "Reset". Doing this will switch off anything that is deemed (by MS!) as at all dangerous!

Then you can restore the basic minimum to allow web sites to interact with you efficiently and effectively but without exposing the security flaws.

The ten images to the right are what you want to achieve and the changes are hopefully highlighted in bright blue - enable Javascript and submit forms on an insecure connection - screen shots 8 and 9 to the right if you have already done a 'Reset to High'.

As good background reading material the following link is MS advice for a commercial environment (Windows Server) but it is equally relevant for a home or small business user who wants to be more secure: Microsoft advice for commercial users of MS IE

To the right is a complete set of screen shots of the settings, to achieve them is actually just 4-5 clicks - Reset to High security as described above and then make the two changes in Brief IE Internet Zone Config which are the only settings that need to be 'upgraded' in order for the zone to be useful for browsing the web.


Active-X controls - to sign or not to sign - that isn't the question!

The following quote from the MS web site is very old but is demonstrates how much faith you might want to have in even digitally signed Active-X controls:

Sign that control

To sign your control, you'll need to obtain a certificate from a Certificate Authority such as VeriSign, Inc. Find directions from VeriSign

There are two classes of digital IDs for Microsoft Authenticode&tm; technology. Class 2 certificates, for individuals who publish software, cost US$20 per year and require that you provide your name, address, e-mail address, date of birth, and Social Security Number. After VeriSign verifies this information, you will be issued a certificate.

I hope that has been useful. Any Comments, suggestions or corrections to: Contact us please. This would be especially useful if the software environment you have is different to mine and the headings, text or prompts are different.


Like the site?

Site Construction by usiness
before Technology
Click on link to rightClick here
[Top of Page]   [Home]   [Site Map]   [Toggle Print]   [Privacy]   [Contact]

© Business before Technology - All Rights Reserved 2003

Business before Technology Limited, Company number: 4969011.
151 Chester Road, Norbury Moor, Hazel Grove, Cheshire SK7 6HD
*¹¹ Note that calls to 0844 884 2244*¹¹ will cost 7p per a minute, your telephone provider (including mobile providers) may add an additional access charge.
 
Messages:
14Jan16: not 0 or 0 18.232.38.214 !

News and Information

Your access to this site:


We will attempt to give you perfect access to this site but this may be impaired by the fact that as far as we can tell you are either:
  • Accessing the Internet from behind a FireWall (Personal or Company) which is disabling cookies OR
  • You have made a technical change to your browser in that you have disabled cookies - perhaps only for this site.

If this was unintentional and you can enable temporary (session) cookies there is a brief description at the bottom of the page. If you don't understand a word of this gobble-D-guk or you don't want to!: leave everything as-is and report any problems via the `LinkTSNo_Cookie_pagenoc1'>Technical feedback facility.

For the technical user

We attempt to set 2 temporary cookies at each interaction you have with this site. The names and typical values are:

NaviSessID=12345 and NaviLastID=erTh1J68SnkK0

The fact they are temporary means that when you close down your browser they will simply disappear. For the paranoic - they are not even written to the cookie folder.

The purpose of these two cookies is to allow you to navigate our site across what is a "connectionless" Internet with security and privacy appropriate to the content and usage of the site.

This notice will disappear from the end of the site Web pages when you have interacted with the site 3-4 times - more than once just in case you miss it at the end of the Home Page.

The only downside that we cannot avoid is caused by us putting the same information in the "Location" or "Address" area towards the top of your browser. You will notice that even though you visit pages more than once that your browser will not recognise them as "visited" because this address changes with each interaction.

Changing browser settings
  • NetScape: Edit->Preferences & select the Advanced Tab (not one of the sub-options). You only need to set cookies that are sent back to their own site but we would recommend that you do not select the 'prompt' option as this will cause an irritating pop-up at each interaction.

  • MicroSoft IE: click on Tools->Internet Options & select Security Tab.

    You could select Local Internet, then Advanced and then add our site address. This assumes that you have got cookies enabled for that zone.

    Another option would be change the "Custom level" for the zone that we are currently in - the Setting to be changed is called "Allow per-session cookies (not stored)" - select Enable then OK)

News and Information