As web applications become ubiquitous, the web browser has evolved into the main client side application for most users. Hence, it has become one of the most popular targets by cyber-criminals. Together with performance and usability, the web browser has evolved into a more secure application! Is this the case? As Internet Explorer grew older more and more security features were added which at face value should have hardened the browser but it is also understood that with more features comes more vulnerabilities!
Internet Explorer 9 trial run unveils a couple of hitches! Some web applications are not yet fully compatible with IE 9. I run the 64 bit edition and have come across some annoying issues, mainly with the web administrative console of WordPress, and with some scripts such as, ads that do not show up only in IE 9. In this brief article you will find two temporary workarounds that help you sort out these issues and other problems that you may be encountering.
On Monday 14, 2011 Microsoft launched IE 9 which attracted more than 2.35 million downloads in just 24 hours! This is the most modern browser and is expected to regain some of the lost market share by its main competitors, Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome as you can see from the graph below:
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.
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.
Internet Explorer 8 allows you to customize Pop-up behavior as per your liking. Although, in general you would block all pop-up and pop-under windows from appearing automatically when browsing but there might be occasions where you may need a pop-up window to appear from a particular web site. For example, I am subscribed to some useful tech sites that from time to time run surveys and most of them use pop-ups to invite you to a survey! To open the Pop-up blocker settings, click Tools from IE 8, and then click Pop-up Blocker and finally Pop-up Blocker Settings. You can enable/disable Pop-up Blocker from the same location, that is, Tools/Pop-up Blocker/Turn On or Off Pop-up Blocker.