8 Steps to Optimize Microsoft Internet Explorer for Google Apps Security
EIGHT STEPS TO OPTIMIZEMICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORERFOR GOOGLE APPS SECURITYBACKUPIFY – APRIL 2012
EIGHT STEPS TO OPTIMIZE MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER FOR GOOGLE APPS SECURITYBackupify, Inc. 3website you visit is displaying content from another site — the content equivalentof a bait-and-switch that may be used to disguise a malware attack.4. Block All CookiesCookies help websites remember who you are, both for tracking purposes and toexpedite logins — including for services like Google Apps. Should your laptop fallinto the wrong hands, you dont want saved cookies to give the attacker easyaccess to your Google Apps account, too. Blocking all cookies in IE means youllhave to log into Google Apps every time you navigate to your account, but thatminor inconvenience is a small price to pay for the added security.5. Block Saved Usernames, Passwords and FormsAutocomplete form data is another risky convenience in Internet Explorer, as thebrowser can save not just the usernames and passwords you use to access GoogleApps (or any online account), but form data like your mailing address, phonenumber or even credit card information. The browser is very insecure place tokeep this information, and not just because you dont want IE divulging that dataany time you happen upon a new online form. The browser itself is often ahacking target precisely because this data is often stored there. Disabling theseautocomplete features protects your privacy, your Google Apps account and, foronline bankers, perhaps even your life savings.6. Add Google Apps URLs to the Trusted Sites Security ZoneInternet Explorer splits websites into four different Security Zones: Intranet (yourlocal network), Trusted Sites (websites you designate as “safe”), Restricted Sites(websites you designates as “dangerous”) and the Internet (everything notexplicitly labeled). You should add all your Google Apps URLs to the Trusted SitesZone to ensure IE doesnt overreact to any content or features your GoogleAccount offers up. This also frees you, should you so choose, to ramp up anyadditional security settings on the other three Zones, as Google Apps wont sufferany slowdowns from the increased defenses.