For Seniors: Restrict Websites in Internet Explorer
To restrict the websites that display in Internet Explorer (IE), you can designate trusted and restricted websites. You might limit websites in IE to prevent your children or grandchildren from accessing websites you don't approve of, for example. Or you might want to prevent websites you don't like from popping up again.
You can set up Internet Explorer to recognize websites you trust — and those to which you don't want Internet Explorer to take you or anybody else who uses your laptop.
Start Internet Explorer and choose Tools→Internet Options.
The Internet Options dialog box appears.
Click the Security tab.
The security options for the browser are displayed.
To designate which sites to allow, click the Trusted Sites icon and then click the Sites button.
The Trusted Sites dialog box appears.
To designate sites that you don't want your laptop to access, click the Restricted Sites icon instead, and follow these same basic steps to add the appropriate URLs.
In the Trusted Sites dialog box, if the Require Server Verification (https:) for All Sites In This Zone check box is selected, then any trusted site you add must use the https prefix, which indicates that the site has a secure connection.
Enter a URL (website address) in the Add This Website to the Zone text box for a website you want to allow your laptop to access.
If you wish to allow any locations for particular companies, such as Microsoft, you can use a wildcard (a character that tells the computer to trust all sites that include that word in the URL). For example, you could type https://www.*.microsoft.com to allow all websites that end in microsoft.com.
Click Add to add the site to the list of websites.
Repeat these steps to add more sites. When you’re done, click Close and then click OK to close the dialog boxes.
You can establish a Privacy setting on the Privacy tab of the Internet Options dialog box to control which sites are allowed to download cookies to your laptop. Cookies are tiny files that a site uses to track your online activity and recognize you when you return to the source site.
Trusted sites are ones that you allow to download cookies to your laptop even though the privacy setting you have made might not allow other sites to do so. Restricted sites can never download cookies to your laptop, no matter what your privacy setting is.