Disabling access to security critical settings is a common admin task. Today we are going to show you how disable the Security and Privacy tabs of Internet Explorer.

Using a Local Group Policy Setting

Press the Win + R keyboard combination to bring up a run box then type gpedit.msc and press enter.

When the Local Group Policy Editor opens navigate to:

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Internet Control Panel

On the right hand side you should see two settings:

  • Disable the Privacy page
  • Disable the Security page

You will need to enable both these settings.

Once you have applied the setting you will want to refresh your group policy settings, this can be done by running:

gpupdate /force

It is worth noting that if you are running Active Directory and Group Policy in your organization that you will want to do this at that level instead of changing the setting on everyone’s PC. That’s all there is to it.

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