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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Windows 8 by Paul McFedries

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Caveat Surfer: Internet Explorer and Security

Tons of people are flocking to the web, and tons of content providers are waiting for them there. Still, many people view the web as an essentially scary and untrustworthy place. There are many reasons for this, but one of the biggest is the security issue.

Internet Explorer offers quite a number of features that tackle this issue directly. The Internet Explorer window gives you visual cues that tell you whether a particular document is secure. For example, Figure 21.1 shows Internet Explorer displaying a secure web page. Notice how a lock icon appears to the right of the address, and that the address of a secure page uses https up front rather than http. Both of these features tell you that the web ...

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