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6. The Internet > 6.4. Online Safety You May Not Have Considered

Online Safety You May Not Have Considered

Installing a firewall and controlling your cookies are smart ways to protect yourself when you’re online, but they’re not the only security measures you should consider. This section gives you several additional strategies for safeguarding your computer and your personal information as you surf the Web.

Controlling Your Internet Security Levels

In the real world, it’s usually obvious which are the seedier, more dangerous parts of town. But that isn’t always true on the Web. An attractive, respectable-looking home page may actually be disguising a site intent on harm.

To help protect you from potential menaces, Internet Explorer categorizes Web sites and other places you may visit online (for example, an intranet) and places them into a handful of different security zones, each of which applies different levels of protection to your computer. The four security zone levels are as follows:


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