InPrivate Filtering helps prevent website content providers from collecting information about sites you visit. The InPrivate Filtering feature is present in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) while, the feature in IE9 is called Tracking Protection. Content providers or third-party websites could develop a profile of your browsing preferences which can be used in a variety of ways, including for analysis and serving targeted advertisements. Do not confuse InPrivate Filtering with InPrivate Browsing. For more information about InPrivate Browsing go here.
Installing Adobe Flash Player 10 ActiveX (version 10.1.102.64) and related plugin on IE 8 64-bit Edition can cause ActiveX problems. You would not be able to view content with the Flash Player and some Windows management tools such as, Windows Services fail to load with an ActiveX error message.
At the end of September ’10 Microsoft released two recommended and one important Windows 7 updates that may fail to install automatically on Windows 7 Enterprise editions.
The most important update – Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2158563) resolves issues caused by revised daylight saving time and time zone laws in several countries. This update enables your computer to automatically adjust the computer clock on the correct date in 2010. Microsoft recommends to deploy the most current Windows cumulative time zone update to guarantee the consistency of the time zone database on all systems.
Another failing update refers to the Compatibility View functionality of Windows Internet Explorer 8 – Update for Internet Explorer 8 Compatibility View List for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2362765)
This Compatibility View List update helps make Web sites that are designed for older browsers look better in Internet Explorer 8. When users install Internet Explorer 8, they will be given a choice about opting-in to a list of sites that should be displayed in Compatibility View. After you install this item, you may have to restart Internet Explorer.
While the third failing update refers to the prevention of unexpected shutdowns or blue screens when you are using a USB video device. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. – Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB979538)
SmartScreen filter is a great feature that blocks browsing to web sites that are known to be malicious such as, hosting malware or phishing sites. To enable this feature click Safety from IE 8 and from the drop-down menu, click SmartScreen Filter and then Turn On SmartScreen Filter…
The other two options are Check This Website and Report Unsafe Website, quite self explanatory! Please, note that it is unethical to dislike a web site and report it as unsafe! However, reported web sites are checked by Microsoft before they are added to a blacklist!
InPrivate Browsing prevents Internet Explorer from storing data about your browsing session. This includes cookies, temporary Internet files, history, and other data. Toolbars and extensions are disabled by default. To turn on InPrivate browsing click the InPrivate Browsing option from IE 8 Safety menu. When InPrivate Browsing is turned on, you will see the following indicator:
IE 8 allows you to group web sites into different categories where each category corresponds to a security zone. Then, each zone has its own security parameters which you can adjust according to your needs. To open Security settings, click Tools from IE 8, then click Internet options and finally click on the Security tab. The different security zones are as follows:
Local Intranet: Internal web sites that are accessed only by the internal users, such as, an organizational Intranet. By default, IE detects intranet sites automatically. However, you can add web sites to this zone by clicking the Advanced button of the Local Intranet sites dialog box. The default security level of this zone is Medium-Low but can be modify through the slider.
IE 8 Compatibility view allows web sites designed for previous versions of Internet Explorer to display correctly in IE 8 as well. The fastest way to enable it for a single page is by clicking the broken page icon at the end of the address bar. To access all settings, click Compatibility View settings on the Tools menu of IE 8. You can add specific web sites, by typing the web site URL in the Add this website: text box and click the Add button.