Trusted Sites

As discussed on the previous page , increasing the security for the Internet security zone of Internet Explorer may break some reputable sites that you use regularly . The solution is to add these sites to the Trusted zone, which will restore their functionality. The procedures described here will work for either IE 6 oe IE 7. Open Internet Explorer and go to Tools-Internet Options-Security.

ieconfigure1r

 

Click the “Security” tab and choose the “Trusted Sites” icon.

ietrustedzone5

Then click on the button “Sites”. A window will open, where you can add any sites that you wish to be in the Trusted zone. Be sure to remove the check by the entry “Require server verification (https:)….”

ietrustedzone

Enter the site of interest in the line provided. Site URLs can be typed in directly or entered by copying and pasting. A shortcut method of copying and pasting an URL from the IE address bar is to use the keyboardcommand ALT+D to select the Web address and then use CTRL+C to copy it to the Windows Clipboard. Then right-click in the space under “Add this Web site to the zone” and choose “Paste” from the context menu. The example below shows the NY Times site being added. Note that it is not an https site and that the appropriate box is unchecked. After entering a site click the “Add” button.

ietrustedzone2

The site is now added to the list of trusted sites.

ietrustedzone3

Enter the next site and repeat the procedure.

ietrustedzone4

There is a “Remove” button (grayed out in the figure above), should you wish to take a site off the list.

Using wild cards

One disadvantage of using a complete URL like http://www.nytimes.com is that it can be too specific. For example, there are related addresses such as http://topics.nytimes.com and these will be treated as a separate URL. To place anything contained within the entire domain “nytimes.com” into the trusted zone, the asterisk wildcard can be used. An entry such as “*.nytimes.com” will put everything in the main domain into the trusted zone.

A shorter way

The above procedure can be tedious if you want to add a number of sites to the trusted zone. Fortunately, there is a quicker way. There is an old (unsupported) Internet 5 accessory from Microsoft called Power Tweaks that still works in both IE 6 and IE 7. It puts an entry into the Tools menu that allows any site that you are visiting to be added to the Trusted (or the Restricted) zone. It can be downloaded here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *