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General security configuration: Step 1

Trying to find out what's so special about IE7? Read up on the new security features present in IE7, and learn which of these features are user configurable.

IE7 is secure by default. If you need to adjust IE7's security settings, you can do so in a similar manner to the way you did in IE6. To adjust the security level in IE7, simply select the Internet Options command from the Tools menu when the Internet Options properties sheet appears, and select the Security tab. This tab allows you to configure a zone level security, as shown in Figure A. More advanced security settings can be managed through the Advanced tab.

Figure A: IE 7 relies on familiar zone level security.

Although Microsoft configured security in Internet Explorer 7 in an almost identical manner to the way that it is in IE6, IE7 supports a number of new security features. In the sections that follow, I will introduce you to some of these new features and give you a demonstration of how they work.

Configuring IE7 security on Vista

 Home: Introduction
 Step 1: General security configuration
 Step 2: Phishing filter
 Step 3: Protection against international domain names, URL handling
 Step 4: ActiveX opt-ins, information bar and cross-domain protection
 Step 5: Windows Vista and IE7

Brien M. Posey, MCSE, MVP
Brien M. Posey, MCSE, is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his work with Windows 2000 Server and IIS. He has served as CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once in charge of IT security for Fort Knox. As a freelance technical writer, he has written for Microsoft, TechTarget, CNET, ZDNet, MSD2D, Relevant Technologies and other technology companies. You can visit his personal Web site at Copyright 2006 TechTarget

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