MS preps security features for next version of IE

IE 6.0 will use features from the industry-developed Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P) specifications. P3P-compliant privacy policies can be read by a browser for ready comparison to a Web surfer's privacy settings. If a site's policy conflicts with a surfer's privacy requirements, IE 6.0 will issue a warning, and possibly block the site altogether.

The new features make the placement of cookies more visible. Cookies are small files sent from a site to mark a browser's entrance. Because Web sites can read cookie files on a surfer's computer, cookies can be used to track movement across sites, and can theoretically be used in conjunction with other information to build a profile of an individual Internet user.

Customers will be able to set privacy preferences on a five-tiered scale. A low privacy level means all cookies are accepted, the default standard for the current version of IE. Intermediate levels will reject or downgrade cookies with missing or poor P3P privacy policies, depending on whether the cookie comes from the site accessed by a browser or a third-party cookie, which comes from an outside source with an agreement with the host site, like an advertiser.

Acceptance at intermediate levels will also depend on whether or not the visitor can opt out of contributing personal information through the cookie. The highest privacy level automatically rejects all cookies.

Microsoft announced the privacy features before releasing the software to give site developers time to adopt P3P policies, according to the news release. Internet Explorer 6 will be available for free download or as part of the Windows XP operating system scheduled to be released this summer.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?