How to add trusted sites to Internet Explorer 10 & 11
This article will help you add trusted sites to Internet Explorer 10 & 11, as well as outline the benefits of doing so. Many people have trouble with different type of malware viruses and Trojan horses, because these viruses specialize in targeting the weak spots of their internet browser. Internet Explorer has accumulated a bad reputation over the years, but in reality the recent versions of IE are no worse than the competition. The main thing you need to do in order to make your browser safe is to disable your Java and Adobe Flash plug-ins.
It’s not the browser, it’s the plug-ins that are vulnerable
Adobe Flash and Java made the internet what it is today, but unfortunately they have outlived their usefulness. In fact, critical weaknesses remain in both products and these weaknesses cannot be fixed. It is now recommended for all internet sites to upgrade content written in Flash/Java to HTML 5.0 code, which Is much safer. Unfortunately, this upgrade process is slow and many sites have not even begun the update (or lack the resources to do it). A large portion of internet sites require complete rework, because they are basically build with these programs in mind. They require the plug-ins to be enabled in order to be used, but at the same time it is dangerous to do so everywhere else. Due to this, all major internet browsers decided to keep Flash and Java disabled by default since 2014-2015. Sites that make use of Adobe or Flash will display a warning display message that you need to enable the plug-in before you are able to see the content that requires it.
This is where trusted sites steps in to help.
When you designate a site to be a Trusted Site you are basically telling your browser that it has nothing to fear from these web pages. This allows the browser to drop some security checks – thus trusted sites load faster – but it also automatically creates an exception where Flash and Java are turned on if they are off by default.
If you keep those two plug-ins disabled by default (like you should) you will have to manually enable them for every page which you visit that also requires them. As expected, this gets tedious very fast. If you frequently visit certain web sites and you are confident that they are safe to use, then there is no reason not to add them to your browser’s list of trusted sites. As you are about to see, this is a very straightforward process that is also easy to use.
- IMPORTANT! There is just one thing to keep in mind when you enter trusted sites – try to enter the site’s URL without any sub-directories. A site’s subdirectory is separated from the main URL with this symbol “/”. If you add a site’s sub-directory, then only this directory will be trusted and the other will be treated as unfamiliar. When adding sites simply copy-paste the site’s URL up to the first “/”.
How to add trusted sites to Internet Explorer browser:
Open your Internet Browser and look at the top-right corner. Click on the Gear button.
From the drop-down menu select Internet options.
A new menu should open. Click on the Security tab.
Now click on the Trusted Sites green tick, then on the Sites button.
You can now add Trusted Sites in the window that opens.
- Don’t forget to add the URL without any sub-sections of the site. Simply copy the address up to the first”/”.
That’s all, you are done!