By this time most of us must have downloaded the latest beta release of Internet Explorer 9 which was made public by Microsoft last week. So if you are using Internet Explorer and you want a better online experience with enhanced security while browsing the web pages then you might want to enable a filter called Microsoft SmartScreen.
For those who don’t know what is smartscreen, it is a feature in Internet Explorer that helps detect phishing websites, and can also help protect you from installing malicious software or malware. So whenever you encounter a suspicious site a warning will be displayed on the browser window to notify the user about the sites nature and whether user trusts the site owner/publisher to continue further on the URL provided.
Here are few simple steps to Enable the Smart Screen Filter:
- Open Internet Explorer
- Go to Tools>Internet Options
- Go to Advanced tab and scroll down for Security Category,there if you want to enable/disable the feature you can accordingly check the box captioned “Enable SmartScreen Filter” then press OK.
- Now after you enable the feature, every time you encounter a suspicious URL it will display a message as shown below.
If you don’t want to use this feature you can just uncheck from the checkbox to disable the same, but it’s highly recommended since phishing attacks are increasing day by day, increasing the potential threat to confidential information of email accounts.