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, choose how and when sites can use your location info, and block unwanted pop-ups.
Cookies are small files that websites put on your PC to store information about you and your preferences. Cookies can make your browsing experience better by letting sites remember your preferences or letting you avoid signing in each time you visit certain sites. However, some cookies might put your privacy at risk by tracking sites that you visit. For more info, see Delete and manage cookies in Internet Explorer.
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.
- Open Internet Explorer, select the Tools button , and then select Internet options.
Select the Security tab and customize your security zone settings in these ways:
- To change settings for any security zone, select the zone icon, and then move the slider to the security level that you want.
- To create your own security settings for a zone, select the zone icon, and then select Custom level and choose the settings that you want.
- To restore all security levels to their original settings, select the Reset all zones to default level button.