Protecting Your Computer While Browsing
5. To stop displaying an information message in the browser when a pop up is
blocked, clear “Show Information Bar when a pop-up is blocked.”
6. By default, most types of automatic pop ups are blocked when the Pop-up
Blocker is enabled. You can use the following options of the Filter Level list to
control the types of pop ups that are blocked:
High: Block all pop-ups (Ctrl-Alt to override)
With this setting, Internet Explorer tries to block all pop ups. To tempo-
rarily override this setting, press Ctrl-Alt while clicking a link to open a page
and its related pop up.
Medium: Block most automatic pop-ups
With this setting, Internet Explorer tries to block pop ups most commonly
used to display ads or other unwanted content. Some types of pop ups are
allowed. To override this setting temporarily, press Ctrl-Alt while clicking a
link to open a page and its related pop up.
Low: Allow pop-ups from secure sites
With standard (HTTP) connections, Internet Explorer attempts to block
pop ups most commonly used to display ads or other unwanted content.
With secure (HTTPS) connections, Internet Explorer allows pop ups.
7. Click Close and then click OK to save your settings.
Protecting Your Computer from Phishing
Phishing is a technique whereby a site attempts to collect personal information about
you without your knowledge or consent. Internet Explorer 7 has a phishing filter that
is designed to warn you about potential phishing sites and known phishing sites. The
warning is displayed on the Status bar as discussed previously.
The phishing filter is active by default for all security zones, except the Local Intra-
net zone. This means Internet Explorer uses the phishing filter when you are brows-
ing sites on the public Internet, trusted sites, and restricted sites, but does not use the
phishing filter when you access sites on your local network.
The phishing filter is always on by default. In Internet Explorer, you can turn off this
feature by clicking Tools
➝ Phishing Filter ➝ Turn Off Automatic Website Check-
ing. You can then manually check sites if desired by using the Check This Website
option. If you suspect a site is collecting personal information without your knowl-
edge or consent, you can report the site by using the Report This Website option.
Keep in mind that you may have granted implied consent to a site when you signed
up to use a site, or when you downloaded and installed a particular browser add-on
or related Internet software.