Some readers point out some previously obscure variations in Internet Explorer’s Data Execution Prevention (DEP) settings.
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Picking the right setting for IE security
Among the thousands of Windows Secrets readers, there must be virtually every possible combination of PC hardware and software.
So it shouldn’t be surprising when interesting — and unexpected! — variations in Windows settings turn up.
For example, in the Aug. 21 LangaList Plus item, “When Data Execution Prevention malfunctions,” I wrote:
“In Vista (IE 9) and Win7 (IE 9, 10, 11), make sure that Enable memory protection to mitigate online attacks is enabled.”
Soon after, readers reported finding something entirely different on their versions of IE. For example, Denis Glick wrote:
- “After reading your article about DEP, I checked IE’s settings on two computers running Win7 x64. IE 10 is on one system and IE 11 is on the other.
“I was surprised that Enable memory protection to help mitigate online attacks wasn’t listed on either system. I even ran IE as an administrator to see whether the option would appear. But it didn’t.