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!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?