Advanced Security Features In Internet Explorer 8


Internet Explorer 8 is the latest version of Microsoft’s web browser and comes with Windows 7 in most regions. Since we have already covered a detailed post on the security add-on’s for Firefox, lets see what new security features are available in IE 8?

InPrivate Browsing

Whenever you visit any particular website, your web browser saves information about your web activity in the form of sessions, cookies, and cache. The InPrivate Browsing Mode is a special mode of web browsing in which the traces of your web activity are not saved. Internet Explorer 8 does not save any cookie, history, or session files if your are in the  InPrivate Browsing mode. For more details regarding InPrivate Browsing, go here.

Inprivate Browsing

Enhanced Delete Browsing History

The delete browsing history option has been enhanced in Internet Explorer 8. Now it offers you a number of options to choose from, to protect your privacy. Click Safety > Delete  Browsing History option and choose the  options that you wish to delete.

Delete Browing History

SmartScreen Filter

The Smart Screen Filter saves you from phishing attacks and online frauds. This filter warns you if the website which you are visiting is impersonating another website or if it contains threats to you computer. We have covered it in full details here.

Cross Site Scripting (XSS) Filter

Cross Site Scripting (also known as XSS) occurs when a web application gathers malicious data from a user. The data is usually gathered in the form of a hyperlink which contains malicious content within it. The user is likely to click on this link from within another website, instant message, or from any email, once user clicks this link, his/her information can be stolen with the help of the injected malicious code.

Internet Explorer 8 offers the Cross Site Scripting Filter which is enabled by default and lets you identify such URLs.

Cross Site Scripting

Automatic Crash Recovery

The Automatic Crash Recovery (ACR) feature of Internet Explorer 8 helps to prevent the loss of work in the unlikely event of browser failure. This feature recovers all opened tabs in the case of  a browser failure. In order to enable/disable this feature, click Tools > Internet Options then in Internet Options dialogue box click the Advanced tab, and check/uncheck the Enable automatic crash recovery option to enable/disable this feature.

Crash Recovery

Without a doubt, such types of security measures definitely add feathers to Internet Explorer 8, and millions of IE users are enjoying these enhanced features of IE 8 version. Enjoy!

Editor’s Notes: This post is the reflection of the author’s own opinions. AddictiveTips is a huge fan of Firefox, Chrome, and other browsers as well. We use them regularly while researching and browsing.