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7 things you can do to make Internet Explorer more secure

Eric Geier | June 3, 2013
Still use Internet Explorer? There's no shame in that. But here are a few quick and easy steps you can take to stay safer as you browse.

Then, to choose how you want to block them, click the Settings button.

In IE 10, Microsoft added a Do Not Track setting--enabled by default--to Tracking Protection, which tells websites you visit that you prefer not to be tracked. Though websites are under no obligation to honor your request, stating your preference may reduce some tracking.

To adjust your Do Not Track settings, open IE from the desktop, press the key, pop open the Tools menu, and click Internet Options. From there, select the Advanced tab, scroll down to the Security section, and confirm that the Always send Do Not Track header setting is checked.

Did we mention that you should update?
The fundamental step to keeping any browser secure is to update it regularly. Once you've made that a habit, you'll also find that Internet Explorer has a solid set of built-in security features, as well as some privacy protections. The settings recommended here will do the trick for most situations, but they aren't set in stone. The better you learn the security functions, the better you can adjust them to your own browsing habits.


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