Internet Properties is an essential component of web browsers that facilitates the overall functioning of those particular browsers. It can be accessed through the Control Panel of the operating system, by selecting the Internet Options setting.
The Internet Properties windows contain 7 tabs that lets user to specify various specification on how the web browser would carry out its functions. These tabs are, General, Security, Privacy, Content, Connections, Programs and Advanced.
The General Tab lets user specify the default home page that will be access by the web browser upon launch. It also allows the user to access the temporary Internet files that are generated by the browser whenever it accesses a particular website. These temporary Internet files include cookies, files and settings. From this tab you can delete stored and cookies and files that are useful if the performance of the system are starting to slow down. You can free up memory and storage and enhance the performance of the browser by deleting cookies and files. The settings options let users to move temporary Internet file locations as well as view these files.
Next, is the Security tab which lets you specify security settings for various specific websites as to whether they should belong to the general internet zone, local intranet site, trusted sites or those third party sites which you are sure of not harmful to your computer and the restricted site, which are those sites which can harm your computer. You can assign security level of this sites depending on how you want to access them.
In the Privacy tab, you can specify settings for blocking pop-ups and set restrictions to various cookies from different sites.
The Content tab lets user to enable content advisor or the specify settings that would control the content of sites that will be displayed by the user’s computer. It also let users to clear certificates and certification of the user’s identity.
On the Connections tab, users can specify connection settings and private network settings for Local Area Networks. Users can also set up proxy settings when accessing Internet sites.
For the Programs tab, users can specify various programs that will be used by default whenever performing web functions such as HTML editor, email, newsgroups, internet calls, calendar and contact list.
And lastly, the Advanced tab, contains various technical settings that users can choose to disable or enable. By clicking on the boxes on the right of each setting, users can control various functionalities of the web browser. These settings include accessibility, browsing, H.T.T.P settings, Java, Multimedia, Printing, Searching, and Security settings. Being an advance level, it is better to leave most of the default settings in this tab, intact.
--- Maddie Wesson, 2007