Cross-site scripting message in notification bar

Very common message. I’ve been seeing this for a while. Pops up at the bottom of the Internet Explorer window. In the notification bar.



The hyperlink (URL) that I had opened to trigger the above message is the following:

I’m pretty sure that or (without the www.) was added to the Trusted Sites zone but fairly certain that is not.

I tried adding the following URL to the Trusted Sites zone in Internet Explorer 10.

imageTools, Internet Options, Security tab, Trusted Sites, Sites, Add button

In my case, the address is pre-populated (already there) in the Add this website to the zone box. So I just had to click the Add button and the Close button in the lower right of the Trusted Sites dialog box.


Then OK:


Same message

Internet Explorer has modified this page to help prevent cross-site scripting.

If you’re in a corporate, locked down environment, the only thing you can do at this point is modify the Internet Explorer settings. But many organizations do control or govern their systems, including Windows and its native web browsing application, Internet Explorer. The best thing I can offer to any end-user (information worker) having this message is to simply click on the x on the right of the message bar at the bottom of Internet Explorer.



internet explorer 9 messages at bottom


Internet Explorer 9 Notification bar: frequently asked questions

Can I ignore notifications?

Yes. The bar might be displayed until you navigate to a new webpage or click the Close button. For notifications involving security or privacy, Internet Explorer automatically takes the most secure action, and allows you to take less secure actions if you’re confident they won’t put your computer or information in danger.



Click the x to ignore the message and close the notification bar. The bar should [I think] also simply close itself if you do nothing, within like 5-10 seconds.


Microsoft Answers

How do I prevent Internet Explorer from modifying pages for cross-site scripting? Under the security tab for IE8 there is a new Scripting Section for XSS Filter, Disable it and the issue goes away.


I don’t ever touch this setting unless there’s some business justification or an RFP (request for proposal) outlining why it’s feasible to disable that setting. However, if you’re not at work and just in the context of a home computer, not used for business, then I’d suggest do it only if you understand what it does.

For more on the [Cross Site Scripting] XSS Filter, read the following articles:

More Information

MSDN Library

Event 1046 – Cross-Site Scripting Filter


Windows Help

Cross-site scripting filter

Information workers, home, and end-users

Internet Explorer throws alert on my Twitter “Discover” page


When trying to hit the above site I get the following error message:


Internet Explorer blocked this website from displaying content with security certificate errors.

There’s a Show content button with an x next to it.


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Outlook Perspectives


Outlook Favorites is probably the most useful feature I’ve found in Outlook especially if you have multiple accounts and a lot of rules. And I mean A LOT of rules. I have so many rules I don’t know how many, don’t know how to count them, and don’t care. Mainly because of my use of Search folders, also critical for my email survival, if you will.

The nice thing is that you can add/delete them pretty easily. I’ll address how to add them later in this post but for now, here’s how you delete Favorites in Outlook:


Clicking on Remove from Favorites takes it off the Favorites sub-pane but you’ll still have the folder. So it’s just a place for shortcuts, basically.

The last rule, I just recently created, is one called Important Mail, shown here:


***IMPORTANT***: Do NOT use outlook.exe /cleanrules until you export your rules. I’m not sure if the 2013 version of Outlook handles any kind of auto-backup of rules but from my experience it’s important. Especially when it’s a common troubleshooting step used in your organization. Basically, if you use Outlook at work, back ‘em up! But it’s good to backup rules anytime, for obvious (backup) reasons (backup).

Click on the Manage Rules & Alerts… command found under the Rules sub-menu under the Home tab


In the Rules and Alerts dialog box click Options:


Click Export Rules…


Name it the default, just for a test run:


Save in the default location


Now that the rules are backed up, put that feather in your cap for when someone asks you to do /cleanrules. Just in case you forget to back them up, you should have that there for risk management purposes.

Now that Rules backup is out of the way, it’s pretty simple to create the Search folder I added to Favorites:

Under the Folder tab click New Search Folder:


Click on Important Mail and click the OK button


You should now have it under Search Folders in the left pane:


Drag that up into the Favorites section of the left navigation pane by clicking on Important Mail and dragging it up to the Favorites area until you get it in between [the folders] where you need it to go:


Once you have it there then release the left mouse button (primary button for you lefties out there).

For more information on Outlook favorites, rules, and search folders look it up in Outlook Help by pressing F1 or clicking on the question mark in the upper right:


Meaning of rel tags. Which rel tag to use when? | Review Of Web

Found this article

Meaning of rel tags. Which rel tag to use when? | Review Of Web

Searching for information on what a rel tag is. I was curious after finding this feature in the Hyperlink dialog you can access simply by highlighting a piece of text [range] and clicking Hyperlink…


Under the Title field is the Rel field:


Just thought I’d share.

Toolbar command for Live Writer integration with Internet Explorer


Blog This is the command. Didn’t realize there was a toolbar command for the Blog this in Windows Live Writer command I wrote about earlier.


In my case I have the Command bar turned on under the Tools menu.


Tools menu also has command. You can enable the Command bar by right-clicking on the Internet Explorer toolbar area on the top of the application’s title bar.


Command bar check box.