For Internet Explorer 9 or newer, simply follow these steps. For Internet Explorer 8 or earlier, the only difference is that “Internet Options” is found under the “Tools” menu button.
- Click on the setting icon that looks like a Gear in the upper right corner.
- Click on Internet Options in the Dropdown
- The pop-up menu will show a variety of options, click on the “Security Tab”
- On the Security Tab is a button that says “Custom Level” – click that.
- This opens up a Security Settings pop-up, scroll down until you find the “Scripting” section.
- Press OK on the Security Settings Pop-up, then the Internet Options Pop-up
- Go the URL and type “about:config” without quotes, and hit Enter.
- This brings a page with a prompt to click a button labeled “I’ll be careful, I promise” – click this button.
That’s it, you can close the about:config tab without hitting OK, just close the window or type in a new page URL.
- Click the “Hamburger” icon of three vertical lines in the upper right.
- Find the label called Settings and click that.
- In the Settings Page, scroll down and find the hyperlink labelled “Show Advanced Settings…” Click that.
- Under the advanced settings, there is a button labelled “Content Settings…” Click that.
- Click on the Opera button in the upper left corner
- Click on the Settings Menu Selection
- This brings up a new Settings page, click on the Websites option on the left navbar.
Secure Browser Alternatives
There are in fact hundreds of browsers you can choose from other than the large mainstream browsers listed above. There are also browser security tools in the form of browser extensions, which allow for greater security precautions and control over information privacy.
FireFox NoScript Security Suite
Webutation for Chrome, Firefox
This is a crowd-sourced metric which determines how safe and secure a website is. Users of this application assign a trust score to the URL they are visiting, and the global average gets requested every time you visit a new page. Sites with a high score are trustworthy, sites with a low score should be avoided.
- WhiteHat Aviator: a browser which has gone open source, that specializes in being the safest browser available. It’s purpose is to allow safer banking, shopping, social network browsing, and site visits with virus prevention, ad-blocking, anti-hacking measures, and other extensive precautions.
- Comodo Dragon: based on Chromium, Comodo Dragon is build to avoid privacy leaks, and has additional measures extensible through plugins.
- SRWare Iron: another Chromium project, SRWare Iron focuses on user login privacy and credential safety.
- TOR: For individuals who really demand privacy in their browsing experience, TOR creates anonymity through a distributed network of IP addresses, functioning similarly as a shifting network of VPNs. This adds privacy but not security is still up to the behavior of the user.
- Lynx: an open source text-only browser. This is only for hardcore users who want to experience what the internet is like without a visual interface. All websites are downloaded as text.