How to Change Privacy Settings in Internet Explorer - dummies

How to Change Privacy Settings in Internet Explorer

By Nancy C. Muir

To protect your computer from intrusion or from viruses that could corrupt your system, you need to know how to change the privacy settings in Internet Explorer. By changing the privacy settings, you decide what kinds of sites Internet Explorer can access and what kinds of sites you want to protect your computer against.

1Open Internet Explorer, choose Tools→Internet Options, and click the Privacy tab.

2Drag the slider up and down to see the different levels of security settings.

At each level, Internet Explorer will give you information about that specific security setting.

3Read the choices and select a setting that suits you.

If you don’t know what to choose, Medium is a good place to start. If that doesn’t seem to block enough, you can always increase the security level.

4Click the Sites button to specify sites that should always or never be allowed to use cookies.

The Per Site Privacy Actions dialog box opens, letting you override the general setting you chose with the slider.

5Enter a site in the Address of Website box and click either Block or Allow.

Click Allow for sites you know you can always trust (like, and click Block for sites you know you can never trust (like

6Click OK to save your new settings.

You return to the Internet Options dialog box.

7Adjust your pop-up blocker and click OK when you're done.

You can turn the pop-up blocker on and off from here, and you can allow certain Web sites’ pop-ups through the blocker by clicking the Settings button. You add sites here the same way you added sites in the Per Site Privacy Actions dialog box.