Change security and privacy settings for Internet Explorer 10

Privacy settings

By adjusting Internet Explorer's privacy settings, you can affect how websites monitor your online activity. For example, you can decide which cookies are stored, how and when sites can use your location info, and block unwanted pop-ups.

To customize your privacy settings

  1. Open Internet Explorer, select Tools and then Internet options.
  2. On the Privacy tab, do one or more of the following:

    • To set what types of cookies are blocked or allowed, move the slider. For more info about cookies, see Delete and manage cookies in Internet Explorer.
    • To block or allow specific websites, select Sites.
    • To import a Privacy Preferences file, select Import.
    • To override your privacy settings for certain types of cookies, select Advanced.
    • To reset privacy settings to their original level, select Default.

Location Services

Location Services lets sites ask for your physical location in order to improve your experience. For example, a mapping site can request your physical location in order to center the map for you. Internet Explorer will let you know when a site wants to use your location. When this happens, select Allow once to let a site use your location just one time. If you want the site to use your location each time you visit, select Always allow.

To turn off location services

If you don't want sites to ask for your physical location, you can turn off location services. Here's how:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, select the Tools button , and then select Internet options.
  2. On the Privacy tab, and under Location, select the Never allow websites to request your physical location check box.

Pop-up Blocker

Pop-up Blocker limits or blocks pop-ups on sites that you visit. You can choose the level of blocking you prefer, turn on or off notifications when pop-ups are blocked, or create a list of sites that you don't want to block pop-ups on. Pop-up Blocker settings only apply to Internet Explorer.

To turn Pop-up Blocker on or off
Block all pop-ups
Turn off notifications when pop-ups are blocked
Change Pop-up Blocker settings

InPrivate Browsing

Browsers store some info—like your search history—to help improve your experience on the web. When you use InPrivate Browsing, info like passwords, search history, and page history is deleted once you close the tab.

To open an InPrivate Browsing session, right–select the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar, and select Start InPrivate Browsing.

To turn off add–ons in InPrivate Browsing sessions

  1. Open the desktop, and then select the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.
  2. Select the Tools button , and then select Internet options.
  3. On the Privacy tab, select the Disable toolbars and extensions when InPrivate Browsing starts check box, and select OK.

Security zones

By changing the security settings, you can customize how Internet Explorer helps protect your PC from potentially harmful or malicious web content. Internet Explorer automatically assigns all websites to a security zone: Internet, Local intranet, Trusted sites, or Restricted sites. Each zone has a different default security level that determines what kind of content might be blocked for that site. Depending on the security level of a site, some content might be blocked until you choose to allow it, ActiveX controls might not run automatically, or you might see warning prompts on certain sites. You can customize the settings for each zone to decide how much protection you do or don't want.

Change your security zone settings
Add or remove a site from a security zone
Turn on Enhanced Protected Mode


Article ID: 17478 - Last Review: Aug 31, 2016 - Revision: 23