Using a XML file to protect your privacy in Internet Explorer 6
- A custom xml file cannot be used to import privacy settings for the Restricted and Local security zones. It can only be made to customize the Internet and Trusted sites zones.
- The privacy settings not overridden by the imported custom xml file will remain as they were at the time of import.
- Importing a custom xml file will override all other privacy settings for that particular zone.
- Once a custom xml file is imported, selecting the "Advanced" or "Default" button in the "Privacy" tab will not fully remove the custom settings. One needs to edit the registry manually or use a registry file provided in the following download to import the default settings.
Download the XML-Menu.exe from Eric Howe's site Resources: Internet Explorer 6.0 Resources, double click to run self-extracting ZIP file. The default unzip folder is "c:\xml-menu", you can change it to a convenient location if you want, click "Unzip" to continue.
Click "OK" in the dialogue box and close the "WinZip self-extractor" box.
Open Internet Explorer. Click "Tools" in the menu and "Options" to enter the "Internet Options" window. In the "Privacy" tab, click "Import"
Now browse to the location where you have unzipped the "Xml-menu" folder and double click to open it. You will find three folders named set1, set2 and short.
Set1: This contains 50 Xml files suitable for advanced users, restricts even session cookies in both Internet and Trusted zones.
Set2: This contains another set of 50 Xml files which are somewhat liberal in allowing session cookies in both Internet and Trusted zones.
Short: This contains a set of 6 Xml files suitable for beginning users who are exploring the "Custom Xml file" way of restricting the cookies.
More detailed information on the above sets and individual Xml files are available in the "Xml-menu.txt" file in the Xml-menu folder you have downloaded.
Which file to import?
I would suggest starting with one of the Xml files in the short folder and experiment with other files once you get the hang of it.
Click on the short folder, select "4d-s.xml" and click "Open" to import the file.
Click "Ok" in the confirmation dialogue box and you are done.
What is the effect of importing this file
- All First party session cookies are accepted in both the Internet zone and the Trusted zone.
- All First party cookies with or without compact policies in the Internet zone are forced into session cookies, even first party persistent cookies are converted into session cookies and then accepted.
- All First party cookies with or without compact policies in the Trusted zone are leashed so that they are sent only in a first party context.
- All Third party cookies with or without compact policies in both the Internet zone and Trusted zone are rejected outright.
The custom xml file can be uninstalled and the default IE privacy settings can be restored by using the default.reg file available in the "xml-menu" folder. Double click on the file and click "Yes" in the popup box asking for confirmation to merge the information in the registry file.
Click "Yes" in the final popup to close.
The credit for the xml files goes to Eric L. Howes. I also reproduce the original credits given in the xml-menu.txt.
This page arose out of a long discussion thread on IE6 at DSLR: IE6 does not handle cookies the same Thanks to R2, CNZ, alotero, jbibe, OzarkMan, and all the other readers of DSLR who have patiently reviewed and commented on this ReadMe and provided ideas and suggestions for the XML Import files. This concludes the tutorial Internet Explorer Privacy using a XML file
|Back to||Ten Steps to Malware Prevention|