Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Internet Explorer: Turning Off Active Scripting

Some people disable Internet Explorer's Active Scripting feature to prevent scripts from running on a web page. By doing this its possible to prevent known and yet to be discovered exploits in this application. Although, if you disable this feature you will be disabling the functionality of any web page that you visit that leverages these technologies.
  • From within Internet Explorer, from the Tools menu, select 'Internet Options...'.
  • Click on the Security tab.
  • Select the Internet zone, then press the Custom Level button.
  • Scroll down to the Scripting section.
  • Select 'Disable' (or select 'Prompt' if you want to choose to allow active scripting on some web pages that you trust).
  • Press the OK button, then press it again.
Note: If you selected the Prompt option instead of disabling these features altogether, when you go to a site that uses the active scripting technologies you will see a dialog stating 'Scripts are usually safe. Do you want to allow scripts to run?'

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