Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,
Microsoft has shipped a public beta of a new upgrade to IE 5.5, dubbed the Internet Explorer 5.5 Advanced Security Privacy Beta. This product, which requires a new, full install of IE 5.5, allows users to "manage cookies and maintain a higher degree of security and privacy than you ever have before. Now, you can configure your browser settings to differentiate between cookies that originate from a Web server you're intentionally visiting and cookies that originate from other Web sites which provide advertising or services."
Cookies are small pieces of information that can be placed onto the hard drive of a Web site visitor. Cookies are often used to capture data about online behavior for personalizing a site according to a consumer's preferences, and they can also be placed on a machine by Web advertisers to determine when that machine is used to view a particular advertisement. Cookies can also be placed by a third-party advertiser for the purpose of better targeting consumers based on their online profiles.
This is beta software, distributed for feedback and testing purposes. Microsoft provides no technical support. This software is for advanced users who regularly test prereleased software. If you are unsure of whether this accurately describes you, Microsoft recommends that you do NOT download this software. If you choose to install this software, Microsoft recommends that you install it in a test environment and not on a primary computer or operating system.
For known issues and more information about Internet Explorer 5.5 Advanced Security Privacy Beta, be sure to see the readme.txt.
To start, download the ie5setup.exe [501KB] file.
Once installed, this update will add 2 new Cookie items to your Security Settings, which you can access from Tools > Options > Security tab. You can configure these new Cookie options for each zone individually.
You will also notice a new button Delete Cookies... on the General tab from Internet Options (accessible from the Tools Menu).