Perhaps the best way to deal with this solution is the zone feature built into Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which hardly anyone ever uses. Zones are simple to understand: the "Internet" is all sites that aren't in one of the other three zones. "Local intranet" is for stuff inside your firewall or company. "Trusted sites" and Restricted sites" are buckets for you to configure.
This is easy to do because, if you're like most surfers, you've got around ten or twenty sites that you read every day and they're usually book-marked, then you follow links from these sites to hundreds of other sites. If this sounds like you, then click Tools -> Options and then the "Security" tab in Internet Explorer. Next, click "Trusted sites" and then the "Sites" button. Add the URLs from your bookmark page to this zone.
This allows you to set different security attributes for each of the four zones. For trusted sites, you can leave it default, or modify it if some of the sites require something special. Do this by pressing the "Custom Level..." button at the bottom of the Options dialog box.
Thomas Alexander Lancaster IV is a consultant and author with over ten years experience in the networking industry, focused on Internet infrastructure.
This was first published in November 2002