How to Add Trusted Sites

By Joshua Phillips

The Internet hosts millions of websites, though not all of them are good; some even have the potential to damage your computer through malicious files or scripts. By placing a website in the Trusted Sites category of Internet Explorer 11, you're letting the browser know that you trust this website not to damage your computer. With a trusted website, features such as file downloads, font downloads and scripting are active. You can add websites to the Trusted Sites security zone through the desktop version of Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.

Step 1

Click the "Tools" icon in the upper right corner and click "Internet Options" from the drop-down menu. The Tools icon is in the shape of a gear.

Step 2

Click the "Security" tab.

Step 3

Click the "Trusted Sites" icon, then click the "Sites" button.

Step 4

Enter the website you want to add to this security zone in the "Add This Website..." field, then click the "Add" button. You can add as many sites as you want to the Trusted Sites security zone.

Step 5

Click "Close" followed by "OK" to save all changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • By default, you can only add secure websites, those with the "https://" designation, to the Trusted Sites security zone. To add any other site to the security zone, remove the check from the "Require Server Verification" box in the Trusted Sites window.
  • You can add sites to the Restricted Sites security setting using the above steps by clicking "Restricted Sites" instead of "Trusted Sites." For restricted websites, the maximum number of Internet Explorer safeguards will apply when visiting that particular website.