How to Add a Website to Your Internet Explorer Trusted Zone

When you ratchet up Internet security, you might find your once-pleasant and speedy web browsing experience plagued with speed bumps. You can fix this problem, and ensure that you’re not bothered with ActiveX or other types of warnings, for websites you trust. Follow these steps in Internet Explorer:

  1. Browse to a site you can trust.

    For example, go to any web page you visit frequently, but also one where you see warnings about security, such as ActiveX controls.

  2. From the Tools menu button, choose Internet Options.

  3. In the Internet Options dialog box, click the Security tab.

  4. Click the big, green check mark: Trusted Sites.

  5. Click the Sites button.

    You discover the Trusted Sites dialog box. The website you’re visiting is shown next to the Add button.

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  6. If the website you’re adding doesn’t use the https URL, remove the check mark by the option Require Server Verification (https:) for All Sites in This Zone.

    When you forget to uncheck this option and you add a non-https site, a rude warning dialog box appears.

  7. Click the Add button.

    The website is added to the list.

  8. Click Close.

  9. Click OK to send off the Internet Options dialog box.

Adding a site you frequent to your trusted zone helps expedite things that happen on the website, without your having to compromise overall Internet security.

  • You don’t need to add individual pages within the site; add only the root part of the site. For example, adding www.microsoft.com provides for all web pages within the microsoft.com domain to be trusted.

  • You may still be prompted for ActiveX alerts when you add a website to the trusted zone. The alerts may not be coming from the website directly but, rather, from frames or links to online advertising.

  • Websites whose addresses begin with https are secure websites, established by a verification process. These sites ensure that the information you send is encrypted and cannot be lifted by a bad guy en route. I’m not implying that an http (no S) site is insecure, but rather that it’s possible to trust a normal site that doesn’t need the extra verification.

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