- 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