How Security Zones Affect the Way You Browse

When you open a webpage using Internet Explorer, Windows checks to see which security zone that page is assigned to and then applies restrictions to that page, based on the settings for that zone . Initially, any sites you connect to internally (that is, your own company's sites, which you access by means of an intranet connection) are automatically assigned to the Local Intranet zone, and if you choose to enable intranet settings the Local Intranet zone is accorded a Medium-Low level of security settings. All other sites on the internet are lumped into the Internet zone, which is given a Medium-High security level. As you roam the internet, if you come upon a site that you trust completely, you can move that site into the Trusted Sites zone. Internet Explorer, by default, applies a Medium level of security settings to the Trusted Sites zone. When you discover a site that warrants a high degree of wariness, you can move that site into the Restricted Sites zone. The security settings that apply there, by default, are described as High .

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