Change Internet Explorer 9 security settings

You can change Windows Internet Explorer 9 security settings. Here's how:

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the Tools button Picture of the Tools button, and then click Internet options.
  3. Click the Security tab, and then do one or more of the following:

    • To change settings for a security zone, click the zone icon, and then move the slider to the security level that you want for that zone.

    • To create your own security settings for a zone, click the zone icon, and then click Custom level.

    • To restore all security levels to their original settings, click the Reset all zones to default level button.

More about security zones

The following table describes the four Internet Explorer security zones.

Zone
Description

Internet

Internet security zone settings are applied to all websites except those in the Local intranet, Trusted, or Restricted site security zones.

Local intranet

Local intranet security zone settings are applied to websites and content stored on a corporate or business network. You can define sites in this zone or add sites to this zone by clicking the Sites button.

Trusted sites

Trusted sites security zone settings are applied to websites that you trust not to damage your computer or information. You can add sites to this zone by clicking the Sites button.

Restricted sites

Restricted sites security zone settings are applied to websites that you think might damage your computer or your information. Adding sites to the Restricted zone doesn't block them, but it prevents them from running programs or any active content. You can add sites to this zone by clicking the Sites button.