When I’m online with Internet Explorer, I frequently see this warning before a page is displayed:


Some security measures – like Vista’s UAC – are momentary pauses for a second thought about whether you truly initiated some action on purpose. Some people object to the Vista UAC warning box but I find it to be a worthwhile compromise for the security it provides.

The IE “secure and nonsecure items” warning does not seem worthwhile. It seems annoying. I can’t imagine the set of circumstances that would lead me to say “No” and have it make any difference.

Maybe it’s just me, but it feels as if I’ve been seeing that window more and more frequently in the last year.

If you get frustrated by it, this is the process to disable the warning.

  • Open Internet Explorer.
  • From the menus in the upper right, click on Tools / Internet Options.
  • Click on the Security tab.
  • Highlight “Internet” and click no the “Custom Level” button.
  • Scroll to the “Miscellaneous” section.
  • Change the bullet on “Display mixed content” from “Prompt” to “Enable.


This setting goes back to Internet Explorer 6, according to this Microsoft support document, so either web sites are being designed in such a way that the warning is appearing more frequently, or I’m getting older and crankier. Hmm. Tough call.

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