Saturday, February 24, 2018

How to Change Internet Explorer Privacy Settings

This is a short tutorial on how to change the Privacy settings and automatic clearing of cookies for the Internet Explorer 9 web browser.

Automatic Clearing of Cookies

Click the "Tools" button tools-icon and then click Internet options.

tools-menu

This will display the Internet Options window
internet-options-window

There is one area to take note of on the main tab, Browsing History
internet-options-window-highlight

Delete browsing history on exit checkbox - if checked, Internet Explorer will not remember any browsing, download, form or search history.  Internet Explorer will also delete {tip Cookie::A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is usually a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user's web browser while a user is browsing a website. When the user browses the same website in the future, the data stored in the cookie can be retrieved by the website to notify the website of the user's previous activity. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember the state of the website or activity the user had taken in the past. This can include clicking particular buttons, logging in, or a record of which pages were visited by the user even months or years ago.::Although cookies cannot carry viruses, and cannot install malware on the host computer, tracking cookies and especially third-party tracking cookies are commonly used as ways to compile long-term records of individuals' browsing histories — a major privacy concern that prompted European and US law makers to take action in 2011.}cookies{/tip} from all websites that are visited.  This option will prompt a user to enter a verification code with each visit.

Delete button - this button will bring up a new window that allows the user to specify which items will be deleted when clearing browser history.  Cookiesmust be unchecked or online banking will prompt the user to enter a verification code with each visit.
delete-browsing-history-window

Settings button - this button will display a new window that allows the user to specify settings on how Internet Explorer 9 handles Temporary Internet Files and History.

Please note that Temporary Internet Files and History are not the same as cookies.  Any changes to this window will not effect how cookies are handled.

Privacy Settings

You can change Windows Internet Explorer 9 settings that affect how websites monitor your activity on the Internet.

Click the Tools button tools-icon and then click Internet options.
tools-menu

This will display the Internet Options window
internet-options-window

Click on the Privacy Tab
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The following window will be displayed
internet-options-privacy-tab

Let's go through each of the options

Settings - this slider will adjust the cookie settings for the Internet zone (for the average user, all sites are classified as being in the Internet zone).  The folllowing are the options available from top to bottom:

  • Block all cookies - Blocks all cookies from all websites.  Cookies already on the computer will not be read.  This option will prompt the the user to enter a verification code on each visit to online banking.
  • High - Blocks all cookies from websites that do not have a compact privacy policy.  Blocks cookies that save information that can be used to contact you without your explicit consent. This option should not cause an issue with online banking, but the online banking sites should be added to the allowed sites (as shown below) to avoid any issues.
  • Medium High - Blocks third-party cookies.  Blocks first-party cookies that can be used to contact you without your implicit consent. This option should not cause an issue with online banking, but the online banking sites should be added to the allowed sites (as shown below) to avoid any issues.
  • Medium (Default setting) - Blocks third-party cookies that do not have a compact privacy policy.  Blocks third-party cookies that save infomration that can be used to contact you without your implicit consent.  Restricts first-party cookies that save information that can be used to contact you without your implicit consent.  This option will not cause an issue with online banking, but the online banking sites can be added (as shown below).
  • Low - Blocks third-party cookies that do not have a compact privacy policy.  Restricts third-party cookies that save information that can be used to contact you without your implicit consent.  This option will not cause an issue with online banking, but the online banking sites can be added (as shown below).
  • Accept All Cookies - Saves cookies from any website.  Cookies already on this computer can be read by the websites that created them.  This option will not cause an issue with online banking.

 Sites Button - this button will display a window allowing the user to specify which websites are always or never allowed to use cookies, regardless of their privacy policy.
per-site-privacy-settings

To add FNB Bank's websites, enter thinkfnb.com in the "Address of website:" and then click Allow.  Next enter thinkfnb.net in the "Address of website:" and then click Allow.
per-site-privacy-settings-with-sites-added

This will allow cookies from the FNB Bank websites to be stored.