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Listed below are some of the fixes to prevent sites from tracking your activities and securing your system.
Clipboard Access:How to prevent websites from scanning your clipboard or breaching your clipboard security.[Applies to Internet Explorer only.]>/p>
Tools > Internet Options > Security > Select a security zone > Custom Level > Scripting > Allow paste operations via script – set this to prompt.
Set “Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins” to “Disable” or “Prompt”.
SuperCookies: How to prevent websites from tracking your online activity.
Windows Media Player has a unique ID number that may be used by websites to track the users behavior. Microsoft has added this SuperCookie to Internet Explorer 6 and it may also work in all previous versions of Internet Explorer using older versions of Windows.
To remove the SuperCookie, select the “Tools / Options…” menu command from Windows Media Player and uncheck the box that says “Allow Internet sites to uniquely identify your player”.
If you have Media Player 6.4 and 7 and the above option does not work for you, then follow this link:
* You must close your browser completely before any changes will take effect.
Internet Explorer File Read Vulnerability: Allows reading and sending of local files! The work around has been to disable all java or install the Sun JDK which does not seem to be affected. Sun JDK can be found at http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp
More information can be found here:[no longer available]
Internal (NATted) IP address and General File Reading: How to prevent websites from reading your internal IP and system files!
To prevent this Set “Active Scripting” or “Navigate sub-frames across different domains” to “Prompt” or “Disable”. If you are running Internet Explorer, and you have active scripting disabled, you’ll need to temporarily enable this when you run windows update.
To change the active scripting setting, do the following in IE. Navigate to tools, internet options, security, custom level in Internet Explorer.
Your internal IP information can’t really be used against you, except where companies wish to track the number of internal IP addresses originating from one external address.
Tighten your Windows security:
IPSec policy is a basic security policy that allows you to surf the web while locking down all non-essential ports. It’s not a substitute for a good firewall, but it does a great job at preventing unauthorized access to your system.
To import this policy, simply navigate to administrative tools, local security policy, right click on IP security policies on local computer, all tasks, import policies and choose the location of the ipsechome.ipsec file you extracted from the zip file ipsechome.zip.
Activate the policy by right clicking on the new policy (IPrules for Home Use) and choose assign.
Always make sure you have the latest security packs installed! Visit http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com to get the latest fixes. The majority of security vulnerabilities are exploited after fixes have been made available by Microsoft – so update often!
Disclaimer: I offer you these quick fixes and tools free of charge without warranty or guarantee of any kind. Always make a backup of your system before applying changes.