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How To Password Protect Internet Explorer

written by: •edited by: Bill Bunter•updated: 5/5/2010

This tutorial will show you how to password protect Internet Explorer and restrict access to certain websites using the Content Advisor in Internet Explorer.

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    How to Password Protect Internet Explorer

    If you have small children, you will probably want to control access to which sites they visit. You may also want to restrict some sites if you have an office and you don't want your employees to waste time at certain websites. You can't always be there to monitor them, but you can always password protect Internet Explorer so that they are not able to access restricted sites without a password.

    To password protect Internet Explorer, you don't need to install any third party software. Internet Explorer has a feature called Content Advisor built in which you can use to restrict access to all the websites you want to. You can create a list of approved and disapproved websites.

    To enable and configure Content Advisor,

    1. Open Internet Explorer. Navigate to Tools > Internet Options.

    2. Click on the Content Tab. Click on the Settings button in the Content Advisor section.

    3. Go to the Approved Sites tab and add the sites which you want to approve and those which you want to restrict by entering the URL and then pressing Always or Never.

    4. Go to the General tab; and in the Supervisor section, create a new Supervisor password. In the User Options section, tick the "Users can see sites that have no rating" tab, if you want users to view sites that haven't been rated or approved / restricted. Also tick the checkbox on "Supervisor can type a password to allow users to view restricted content" if you want to approve restricted sites when they are accessed.

    5. Also remember to enable the Content Advisor in the Content tab. Exit Internet Explorer and restart it to let the changes take effect.

    Now whenever you try to access a website that is not on the list, a prompt will pop up depending on the settings you chose and ask for the supervisor password. Your Internet Explorer is password protected.