| Restricted Web sites
Spyware infections can possibly restrict your favorite Web sites. Find out how to avoid this with advice from Windows security threats expert Kevin Beaver.
A SearchWindowsSecurity.com reader recently asked Kevin: We use Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) to surf the Web. Recently, one site has appeared under a restricted Web site heading. We did not restrict this site and I am wondering if somebody hacked into a machine or this Web site, which, in turn, caused a problem on one of our machines.
Kevin Beaver offered this response:
|Run IE6 securely after downgrading from IE7
Windows hardening expert Jonathan Hassell explains the basics on running Internet Explorer securely after downgrading from its most recent release.
A SearchWindowsSecurity.com reader recently asked Jon: I need to use a software that will install only 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?
Jonathan Hassell offered this response:
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 tool 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.