This information applies to Windows Internet Explorer 8.
Internet Explorer offers a number of features to help protect your security and privacy when you browse the web.
Internet Explorer includes the following security features:
Domain highlighting, which lets you more easily see the real web address on websites you visit. This helps you avoid deceptive or phishing websites that use misleading web addresses to trick you. 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. For more information, see SmartScreen Filter: frequently asked questions.
which lets you disable or allow web browser add-ons and delete unwanted ActiveX controls. For more information, see How do browser add-ons affect my computer?
Cross site scripting (XSS) filter, which can help prevent attacks from phishing and fraudulent websites that might attempt to steal your personal and financial information. For more information, see How does Internet Explorer help protect me from cross-site scripting attacks?
A 128-bit secure (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 sensitive customer information. For more information, see How to know if an online transaction is secure.
You can go online to read the Internet Explorer Privacy Statement.
Some websites and add-ons might try to change your default search provider. To learn how to prevent this, see How do I prevent programs from changing my default search provider?
Internet Explorer provides the following features that can help protect your privacy when you're online:
InPrivate Browsing, which allows you to browse the web without recording a history in the browser. For more information, see What is InPrivate Browsing?
InPrivate Filtering, which can help you control whether information about the websites you visit is shared with other content providers. For more information, see InPrivate: frequently asked questions.
Privacy settings that specify how your computer handles cookies. For more information, see Change Internet Explorer Privacy settings.
The ability to view a website's privacy statement.
For more information, see Online privacy: frequently asked questions.
You are getting this message because certain security settings are at a lower level than is recommended. By default, Internet Explorer has a minimum level for some settings that can help protect your computer from websites that are trying to install malicious or unwanted software without your knowledge or permission.
To see which security settings are not at recommended levels, follow these steps:
Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Internet Explorer.
Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.
Click the Security tab.
Click the Internet icon, and then click Custom level.
Settings that are not at recommended levels are highlighted in red.
When you click Fix Settings for Me on the Information bar, Internet Explorer will reset the security settings that put your computer at risk back to their recommended settings. To see your security settings, follow these steps:
Click the Internet icon.
Do one of the following:
To pick a preset security level, move the slider.
To change individual security settings, click Custom level. Change the settings as desired and click OK when you are done.
To set Internet Explorer back to the default security level, click Default level.
Click Reset all zones to default level to clear any custom settings.
When you are finished making changes to the security settings, click OK.
Click the Privacy tab.
Under Settings, do either of the following:
To allow or block cookies from specific websites, click Sites.
To load a customized settings file, click Import. These are files that modify the rules that Internet Explorer uses to handle cookies. Since these files can override default settings, you should only import them if you know and trust the source.
When you are finished making changes to your privacy settings, click OK.
Visit the Microsoft Security website
or the Microsoft Protect your PC website.