Posted 21 July 2006 - 09:20 PM
I am rather extreme when it comes to privacy. If you are also and use Windows XP Service Pack 2, this post is for you.
I installed ZoneAlarm Privacy Suite about a week ago. By default I use Mozilla Firefox, but for Window's Update, I use IE.
I have set ZoneAlarm by default to block all cookies, ads, and mobile code. I edit the settings on a per site basis, and then have all cookies expire at the end of the session. When you edit the settings, ZoneAlarm will remember them and you won't have to edit them for that site again.
For Window's Update, you DO NOT have to add it to the trusted site as their website instructs. For the Window's update to work, set ZoneAlarm so that a green check mark appears in the Mobile Code column for Microsoft.com in the site list under the privacy tab.
Your Internet Options in IE in the Internet Zone should have disable checked for unsigned ActiveX, and ActiveX marked as unsafe.
Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins I have set to prompt. Note that my computer is a stand-alone. If you have a house network, you may wish to check "Administrator Approved." ActiveX marked as safe I have set to enable.
I have also enabled automatic prompting for activeX controls. If all the questions drive you buggy, I suppose you could set this to disable, but if you are worried about something being installed on your computer that shouldn't be, click enable just to be on the safe side.
Window's Updater will work fine with these settings in ZoneAlarm and IE internet options.
Also, if you have Automatic Updates turned off, as I do, make sure that in the services area that it is set to manual. Windows Update will not work if Automatic Updates is disabled.
Be (I hope) safe and private
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