The term ‘Internet Explorer Security’ is something that we all crave even more with each new version of the browser. This is because we always tend to hear “Internet Explorer Security Hole” with the release of each new version. Did you know that the IE security hole was responsible for the Chinese attacks against Google? Well, even more shocking was the Microsoft’s confirmation in this regard. However, there is no need to panic, as you can smartly mitigate the risk of security hole.
According to the Microsoft Security Advisory notes, IE6, IE7, and IE8 running on the different versions of Windows such as XP, 2000, Vista, Server 2003, Server 2008, and 7 are vulnerable to attack. However, the good news is that you can always reduce this risk by limiting the exposure in more than one way. As of now, you yet cannot completely evade from the Internet Security hole due to which a malicious program or site can easily gain access to your PC.
Nevertheless, this does not mean that there is no point in implementing the security tips to limit your machine’s exposure while on the Internet. In fact, the Director of Microsoft’s Security Response Center (MSRC), Mr. Mike Reavey, has revealed some great ways of protecting yourself from the negative effects of the Internet Explorer security hole. Let us check them out!
Enable the Protected Mode
If your operating system is Windows 7 or Vista and IE’s version is 7 or 8, Protected Mode is the tough fighter that comes to rescue against the Internet Explorer security hole. Enabling this mode prevents your computer from being the victim of the malicious pages online (although not 100%). To enable this mode; open the browser, click Tools --> Internet Options --> Security tab, and select Enable Protected Mode (requires restarting Internet Explorer).
Set High Security Level For The Internet Zone
This is another vital way to protect your computer wherein you prevent the ActiveX Controls from running automatically. To do so, click Tools --> Internet Options --> Security tab and drag the slider to High under Security level for this zone.
Enabling Data Execution Prevention (DEP)
If you have IE8, you need not do anything, as it is enabled by default. However, you need to enable in IE7. To do so, click Tools --> Internet Options and click the Advanced tab. Now, scroll down to locate and select Enable memory protection to mitigate online attacks. Now, you need to click OK and restart IE.
To enable DEP in IE6, log in as administrator, right-click My Computer, select Properties, and click the Advanced tab. Next, click the Settings button in the Performance group and the Data Execution Prevention tab in the Performance Options dialog box. Finally, select the Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select option, click the Apply button, and click OK.
Turn To Microsoft Fix It
Have you seen that cute Fix it button on the support site of Microsoft?
This is the best option that you can use to solve a myriad of problems. To use it against the Internet Explorer security hole, do visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/980088.