Customizing Security, Search in

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2006-10-19 Print this article Print

IE 7"> IE 7 presents a warning dialog when a site tries to load an ActiveX control, and, from within the new Manage Add-ons window, we could remove or disable ActiveX controls installed in our browser. In addition, when we created a custom security setting that the browser considered to be unsafe, it color-coded the setting in red. If the color-coded settings arent enough to warn users, a dialog pops up to check whether users really want to continue with their unsafe security settings. We also liked that IE 7 users who have configured and customized the browser to the point of instability and poor security can now fall back to the classic "reset" button, which returns the browser to a default state.
The custom search settings for the integrated search bar in IE proved to be very good, second only to the excellent search features in Opera. During initial setup we could choose all the popular search engines we wanted to use in our browser. We also could add the search engine from any Web site. This didnt work on every site we tested, but it proved to be a nice option. On the standards side, IE 7 does a much better job than previous versions of the product at supporting key standards, such as Cascading Style Sheets support and JavaScript. IE 7 still doesnt have perfect standards support, but it is much better than previous versions of the browser. Next page: Evaluation Shortlist: Related Products.

Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr RapozaÔÇÖs current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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