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Internet Explorer 8: More Security Features

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 by | Filed Under: Security Help

Internet Explorer 8: More Security Features

It seems as if Microsoft just keeps pumping more and more security features into Internet Explorer 8. A few days ago, Microsoft released the second beta version of IE8 for testing. The newest release includes even more security than what I’ve written about before. Let’s check it out!

On top of domain highlighting and anti-spyware being built in, Microsoft has added a feature called InPrivate. It adds a couple of great options for those who want to be extra secure when browsing the Web.

When InPrivate is turned on, IE does not store any information about the Web sites that are visited during that time. No cookies, history or temporary files are stored on the computer at all. InPrivate is great for when you’re using someone else’s computer or using a public computer. It can also be helpful if you don’t want another user in your home to know which sites you’ve been to.

Another feature of InPrivate is an option called InPrivate Blocking. It automatically blocks any kind of scripts that come from a third party provider. For example, if you go to a Web site that has advertising, many times, the ads are provided by an advertising company that may collect information about your visit to the site. With InPrivate Blocking turned on, the ads will not appear and your data will not be recorded.

If you’re interested in trying out the second beta release of IE8, you can get it here.

Note: This version is still being tested. Microsoft has said that it’s safe for the average user to test it, but there may still be some bugs. Until next time, stay safe out there, my friends!

~ Gary

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