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Internet Explorer 8 - InPrivate Filtering


  5/18/2009 7:18:10 AM

Internet Explorer 8 - InPrivate Filtering


Internet Explorer 8 comes with a tool called InPrivate Filtering. Website content provided by third parties is often used to track what sites a user visits and/or to display ads. InPrivate filtering keeps these third parties from collecting information about you and may be used to block ads. Unfortunately InPrivate filtering is off by default each time Internet Explorer 8 is re-opened. Here's how to set it up and keep it turned on:

  1. Open Internet Explorer 8 and then use the "gear" icon on the menu to open "Internet Options". On the "General" tab in the "Browsing" settings area click the "Delete" button to bring up the "Delete Browsing History" window.
    IE8 InPrivate Filtering Step 1

  2. Make certain that the "InPrivate Filtering data" checkbox (last one) is NOT checked. Click "Cancel" to exit (if you changed the setting it will be remembered even if you click cancel).
    IE8 InPrivate Filtering Step 2

  3. On the "Privacy" tab of the "Internet Options" in the "InPrivate" area at the bottom, make certain that the "Do not collect data for use by InPrivate Filtering" checkbox is NOT checked. Click "OK" to close the "Internet Options" window.
    IE8 InPrivate Filtering Step 3

  4. At the bottom right corner of the Internet Explorer 8 window click the "InPrivate" icon (next to the page display size icon) to turn on InPrivate Filtering. Click the little black arrow next to the icon and choose "Settings" to open the "InPrivate Filtering settings" window.
    IE8 InPrivate Filtering Step 4

  5. Choose to automatically block any outside content provider or to manually block or allow. (I prefer to automatically block any outside content.) Also set when to show content that will be / may be blocked by setting the number of websites it has to appear on to appear be added to the list (the minimum setting of 3 is what I prefer - I wish it could be two). This step will make certain that a registry key that will be modified in the next steps is created. If InPrivate Filtering has not been used the registry key won't have been created yet.
    IE8 InPrivate Filtering Step 5

  6. Open the windows registry editor - the easiest way to do so in Windows Vista is to click the start button, type "regedit" in the search window (you will be prompted for admin credentials to run regedit). Navigate to the key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Safety\PrivacIE.
    IE8 InPrivate Filtering Step 6

  7. Right click on the "PrivacIE" entry and choose "New - DWORD (32-bit) Value) from the menu. Name the new entry "StartMode" and hit enter.
    IE8 InPrivate Filtering Step 7

  8. Right click the new "StartMode" entry and choose "Modify" from the menu. Set the entry to "1" to start InPrivate Filtering in "Automatic" mode. Set it to "2" for "Manual" mode. And if you ever want to set InPrivate Filtering back to its default behaviour come back and change the value to "0" or just delete the "StartMode" key.
    IE8 InPrivate Filtering Step 8

That's it. You will now be able to browse the internet without being tracked by outside sites! (Well, at least after you visit three sites the outside site is used on.)

Keep in mind that some sites use code and pictures stored on outside affiliate sites for functionality, but not too often. If a site you frequent stops working there are two things you can do: Use the "Manual" mode of InPrivate Filtering, or you can always turn in private filtering off by simply clicking its button. It will stay off until you close and re-open internet explorer.

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