Windows 7 and IE 8 or IE 9 “Do you want to display non secure items”

In Windows 7 and Vista, if you use Internet Explorer 8 or 9, it is not uncommon to visit a web page, especially one that has “secure” info such as a bank or shopping site, and get a pop up in the middle of your screen stating “This page contains both secure and non secure items. Do you want to display the non secure items” if you click “No” then part of the page / web site will not display correctly.

On top of that, it seems that this might occur on every page of web site and even when you go back. What a pain in the neck.

To disable (or even enable) this prompt you need to make one quick simple change in Internet Explorer.

1. Open IE

2. Go to the “Tools” part of the menu: normally the top left by “File”, “edit”, View”, but could be on the top right under the icon that looks like a gear, or by pressing the “Alt” and “X” keys on your keyboard at the same time.

3. On the new Window that appears, click on the “Security” tab (the 2nd tab on my test computers)

4. Click on “Internet Zone”, which was the default on all my test computers

5. On this page, click on the “Custom Level” located under the “Security level for this zone” part of the window.

6. A new window should have appeared, scroll down to the “Miscellaneous” section, its icons look like pieces of paper.

7. Click on “Enable” next to the radio button next to “Display mixed content”/

8. Select “Ok” then close and re-open IE.

9. Give it a test, all should be well, now go have a cold glass of sweet tea.

Until we meet again, have a virus free week.

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