IE8 Security Warning – HTTP/HTTPS

The more I use it, the more I love it. IE8 is actually a great product and I truly believe Microsoft got a lot of things right in this edition. Sure, there are still things that could have been done differently, but can’t that be said about Firefox and Chrome too?

Nonetheless, there is one pop up in particular that does drive me insane.  The infamous “Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely?’ security dialogue is almost enough to make me want to buy a Mac(……….. Just kidding – Macs, are they for me?)

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This issue is not new to IE8 actually, but the wording has now changed and people are forced to click NO instead of “Yes” as they would have in the past. The natural tendency of end users to never read any thing that suddenly pops up and just click “yes”, means that a lot of websites are not going to render properly after they have inadvertently been told not to display insecure content.

Let’s be clear about one thing though – this is not Microsoft’s fault. Web designers should strive to only deliver secure content on secure web pages. This is really just common sense.

Anyway, luckily, the fix for this issue is really easy and probably has a very minimal security impact for your average everyday web surfer.

Simply go to:

  • Tools->Internet Options->Security
  • Select the ‘Security’ tab
  • Click the ‘Custom Level’ button
  • In the ‘Miscellaneous’ section change “Display mixed content” to Enable

    Voila, annoying pop up has magically disappeared.

    Enjoy your new browsing experience.

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