Internet Explorer 9 includes the following security and privacy features:
ActiveX Filtering, which blocks ActiveX controls for all sites, and then you can turn them back on for only the sites that you trust. For more information, see How to use Tracking Protection and ActiveX Filtering.
Domain highlighting, which clearly shows you the real web address on websites you visit. This helps you avoid websites that use misleading web addresses to trick you, such as phishing websites. The true domain you're visiting is highlighted in the address bar.
which can help protect you from online phishing attacks, fraud, and spoofed or malicious websites. It also scans downloads, and then warns you about possible malware (malicious software). For more information, see SmartScreen Filter: frequently asked questions.
Cross site scripting (XSS) filter, which can help prevent attacks from fraudulent websites that might attempt to steal your personal and financial information. For more information, see How does Internet Explorer 9 help protect me from cross-site scripting attacks?
A 128-bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connection for using secure websites. This helps Internet Explorer create an encrypted connection with websites run by banks, online stores, medical sites, or other organizations that handle your personal information. For more information, see Tips for making secure online transactions in Internet Explorer 9.
Notifications that warn you if your security settings are below recommended levels. For more information, see Change Internet Explorer 9 security settings.
Tracking Protection, which limits the browser's communication with certain websites—determined by a Tracking Protection List—to help keep your information private. For more information, see How to use Tracking Protection and ActiveX Filtering.
InPrivate Browsing, which you can use to browse the web without saving related data, such as cookies and temporary Internet files. For more information, see How to use InPrivate Browsing in Internet Explorer 9.
Privacy settings that specify how your computer handles cookies. For more information, see Change Internet Explorer 9 privacy settings.
For more information about privacy in Internet Explorer 9, read the Internet Explorer 9 privacy statement online.