Matt Farrington-Smith
08/06/2011 16:01 | By Matt Farrington-Smith, editor, MSN Tech & Gadgets

Stay safe online with Internet Explorer 9

Internet Explorer 9 comes armed with a robust set of security measures that will keep you safe online and provide you with an enjoyable and interrupted browsing experience.

One of the many security precautions built into Internet Explorer 9.

Feel safe online with Internet Explorer 9

Internet Explorer 9 comes armed with a robust set of security measures that will help keep you safer online and provide you with an enjoyable browsing experience.

The internet is constantly evolving and increasing in complexity. Much in the same vein so do the number of ways that hackers and malicious websites can attempt to send viruses, damage computers, obtain personal information and monitor your online behaviour.

Internet Explorer 9 has enhanced the security and privacy features found in Internet Explorer 8 to help preserve the integrity of your browsing experience.

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SmartScreen technology

Crucially, Internet Explorer 9's SmartScreen technology helps protect you against phishing and malware threats that seek to infect the internet browser and ruin your online experience.

Phishing is the name given to types of scams that fraudulently attempt to trick individuals into disclosing personal information on a web form.

You might encounter a phishing scam in email messages (even if they appear to be from someone you know), in your instant messenger program or on spoof websites. Phishing is especially prevalent around online banking.

Internet Explorer 9's robust security tools are all handily located in the same place.

Malware is software that is designed to damage your computer, such as a computer virus. It may download without your knowledge or permission. It can often be found in links that on the surface appear to be legitimate - virus protection, free screensavers, file conversion software etc. The endgame is to fool the user into unwittingly downloading the vicious and potentially disastrous payload that lurks on the other end of the hyperlink.

Internet Explorer 9's SmartScreen Filter helps notify you when you attempt to download software - like malware - that is potentially unsafe. Furthermore, the new Download Manager will provide an added layer of security for files you've downloaded from the web; it makes several security-related checks on downloads such as scanning for viruses and verifying the location that the file came from.

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The new Download Manager keeps track of your downloaded software and scans them for known viruses.

InPrivate Browsing and InPrivate Filtering

InPrivate Filters and Browsing are a series of security measures designed to make your browsing session safer and keep your data more secure.

Whenever your surf the web some of the information about your visit is automatically sent to website providers. Internet Explorer 9's InPrivate Filtering helps you control this information and choose which providers (if any) receive information about the places you visit.

For those of you not wanting to leave traces of your browsing history for all and sundry to see you'll want to open an InPrivate Browsing window. This is especially handy if you are using a computer in a public place (internet cafe, airport, library) and are concerned about your security. Or maybe you are buying a present for a loved one and don't wish to leave tell-tale clues.

Turn on InPrivate web browsing features with one click of the mouse.

Download Manager

Since file downloads are the primary way for malicious sites to push malware onto users computers, Download Manager makes several security-related checks on everything you download.

Automatic Updates

Getting the latest browser updates helps keep our computers protected over time. Unlike previous incarnations of Internet Explorer, installing updates at the Internet Explorer 9 install stage isn't mandatory. Instead users are now given the freedom to choose to have important updates installed automatically once they are made available.

Automatically installed updates can include security updates, critical updates, virus-definition updates and service packs through Windows Update. We always recommend installing the latest updates for the most secure browsing experience possible.

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