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Run a secure IE6 after downgrading from IE7

Windows hardening expert Jonathan Hassell explains the basics on running a secure Internet Explorer after downgrading from its most recent release.

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I need to use a software that will only install under IE6. Unfortunately, I have updated to IE7 and because of the Windows hardening that has taken place I am in a sticky situation. What would you suggest to keep my IE secure after downgrading from IE7 to IE6?
Using IE 6 isn't necessarily a losing proposition. Here are some of the basics:
  • Install the latest IE patches—the recent update corrected a pretty big security hole
  • Make sure you have an antivirus solution installed
  • watch out for sites that can give you spyware (a popup blocker is necessary here to prevent some automated installs)
  • check your zone settings to make sure the Internet isn't a trusted place
  • consider disabling ActiveX controls
  • install Firefox and use it exclusively except with the application that requires IE 6


More information on securing Internet Explorer

  • Security risks in IE 6
    Windows hardening expert Jonathan Hassell outlines some of the security concerns you need to be aware of when switching from Internet Explorer 7.0 to IE 6.
  • Internet Explorer 7: How it can make your life easier
    IE 7 was only just released, but knowing and using the new security features in IE 7 will be a help to any security administrator.
  • Web Browser Security Learning Guide
    This Learning Guide identifies the inherent flaws of IE and Firefox, introduces viable Web browser alternatives and recommends ways to maximize your Web browsing security.
This was first published in October 2006

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