Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me
looking for freeware

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Make Internet Explorer Safer

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Security Help, Using The Internet

In the wake of the discovery of a major security flaw in Internet Explorer, Microsoft issued an advisory on how to make the browser more secure. While most experts suggested not using IE in favor of Chrome or Firefox until the hole was patched, the security suggestion from Microsoft are actually a good idea, even without a major threat looming.

If you have Internet Explorer 10 or 11 and are using a 64-bit system. You can activate Enhanced Protected Mode. Enhanced protected Mode will restrict Internet Explorer’s access to files that have your personal information.  Here’s how to enable it in the desktop versions of Internet Explorer.  If you are running the Metro App of IE, it is already enabled.

This is only available for IE 10 and 11.  Open Internet Explorer and select the gear icon in the upper right. Choose Internet Options from the drop-down menu.

Select the Advanced tab.

Scroll down to the Security section and check Enable enhanced protected mode.

If you are running Internet Explorer 11, make sure that you also check Enable 64-bit processes for Enhanced Protected mode.

Choose Apply and restart your computer.

Another step is to choose gear icon again and then select Safety. Put a check beside Active X filtering. 

Now this could cause you some issues with shopping online and banking. Many sites do use  Active X controls for their forms. But could always just turn the filtering off if you are using a trusted site.

We can also return to Internet Options again and this time choose the Security tab. Use the slider bar to change the settings to High security. This blocks Active X controls and active scripting and can prevent an attacker from gaining control of your system. Again, the downside to this is that some sites may not work well. But if you are on a trusted site, you can always lower the security settings in just a couple of clicks.

 Now, you can add sites that you trust implicitly to Trusted Sites. Go to Internet options, choose the Security tab and select Trusted sites.

 Then you can add the address of sites you trust and want to have lower security settings.

 Just a few changes can really beef up your IE security.

~ Cynthia

Tags: , ,

2 Responses to “Make Internet Explorer Safer”

  1. Howard says:

    where is the printer friendly version?

Leave a Reply

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.

Enter Email Address:


Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup

Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

looking for freeware
WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive