How to Change the Security Level in Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer employs certain security levels for the sites that you visit. These are intended to protect you from different types of malicious attacks that could be present on the pages you visit.

But this can be a problem in certain situations when a page that you are browsing relies on a non-traditional way to deliver you content. Or, on the opposite side of the spectrum, a Web page might be using a feature that is preventing you from browsing that page in the way that you would like. Fortunately Internet Explorer lets you adjust the security level, and you can choose to raise or lower that level as needed.


How to Switch to a Different Security Level in Internet Explorer 11

The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Internet Explorer 11. By following this guide you will be able to adjust the security level that the browser uses when taking certain actions. You can choose to increase or reduce the security level based on the issues that you are currently experiencing.

Step 1: Open Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click the Tools button at the top-right of the window.

click the tools button

Step 3: Select Internet Options.

open internet options

Step 4: Click the Security tab at the top of the window.

click the security tab



Step 5: Adjust the slider under Security level for this zone to the desired level, click Apply at the bottom of the window, then click OK. If you click the different zones at the top of the window (Internet, Local intranet, Trusted sites, Restricted sites) you can adjust the individual security settings for each of those types of zones as well.

how to change security level in internet explorer



Note that if you would like to further customize your security settings, click the Custom level button, then adjust the desired settings on that menu.

custom security settings in internet explorer



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