The best move for a better browsing experience, in my book, would be to chuck Internet Explorer and run Firefox. But if you’re not ready to do that, there are some tricks that will help improve your experience using IE7.
- Back up your Favorites. It took you a long time to collect them, and one crash could burn you badly. Choose Import and Export from the File menu, select Export Favorites, and follow the prompts to export to an HTML file. You can then load this file back into IE after it crashes, import it into Firefox or Opera, or save it to a memory key and take it with you.
- Protect your passwords. If you let IE memorize your username and password for secure websites, then anyone who has access to you local account will get all your passwords. So if you lose your laptop you will be up the proverbial creek without the proverbial paddle. You can turn off this feature by going to Tools, Internet Options, Content, and click the Settings button in the AutoComplete area, and uncheck the box with User names and passwords on forms.
- Let IE go phishing. Turn on IE7’s phishing filter by clicking Tools, Phishing Filter, Turn On Automatic Web Site Checking.
Hopefully this saves you time while browsing the Web.