A default installation of Internet Explorer 8 has some security settings that can be annoying at times though technically they are the correct way to have things configured. One that will pop up a lot if the default settings is left untouched the the display of “mixed content” or display a HTTPS URL that has HTTP content mixed into it. Technically when visiting a secure webpage being delivered over SSL there should not be any HTTP items on the page as it leaves the door open for a security breach. The problem is there are a ton of web sites out there that display mixed content.
**NOTE: This setting is the same for the Windows XP 32-Bit and Windows 7 64-Bit versions of Internet Explorer 8.
Mixed Content Display Error Prompt:
This prompt can either be disabled to never ask and at the same time never show non secure content on secure pages or you can enable the ability for the browser to display mixed content on secure pages. Even though it is not the correct way to do things I allow the browser to display mixed content .
To Modify the Display of Mixed Content Prompt Follow the Below Directions:
- Internet Options: Click on Tools in the top navigation and select Internet Options from the drop down.
- Custom Level Security: Now click on the Security tab and then click the Custom Level button near the bottom of the Security tab.
- Modify Mixed Content Prompt: Scroll down to the Miscellaneous section where you can select Disable, Prompt, or Enable for the “Display mixed content” option as shown in the below image.
- Save Settings: Once you have made your selection click the OK button, then the Apply button, and then the OK button to close Internet Options.
Restart your browser for the changes to start working. You will no longer get the prompt if you changed to Disable or Enable however if Disable was selected some pages may be missing images or other objects. If you did select Disable know that you made the correct choice when it comes to being secure online.