About ActiveX

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Internet Explorer allows finetuning of the allowances given to scripts on a page in great detail. So great in fact, that many cannot even decide on their preferences, let alone translate them into the required instructions to the machine, the settings.


 The statusbar in Internet Explorer.

The current zone, the zone to which the current site belongs, is displayed in the statusbar (if it is not visible, check the Statusbar option in the View menu). Doubleclicking on the icon pops up the Internet Options ‘Security Settings’ Tab (also available through ToolsInternet Options…).

The table below lists the different zones.

NameDefault levelDescription
InternetMedium This zone contains all websites that you haven't placed in other zones.
Local IntranetMedium-LowThis zone contains all websites that are on your company's intranet.
These sites usually reside within your organization's firewall.
Trusted SitesLowThis zone contains all websites that you trust not to damage your
computer, such as the sites of trusted business partners.
Restricted SitesHighThis zone contains all websites that should be treated with suspicion,
as they might try to damage your computer or data with malicious code.


 The ‘Internet Options’ dialog window.

The ‘Security Settings’ dialog window contains a scrollable list of options, most of which can be set to be simply disabled, always enabled, or prompted. If an option is disabled, any script calling on its functionality will fail instantly. This may result in an error message being alerted, depending on a preference set under the ‘Advanced’ tab (‘Display a notification about every script error’). If the preference is set to ‘Prompt’, the browser halts a script and offers a confirmation window to the user.

The ActiveX options are:

 The ‘Security Settings’ dialog window.