How to add a website as a trusted site

Updated: 02/02/2019 by Computer Hope

Computer securityComputer and website security are essential for protecting users while browsing the Internet. Some websites use a certificate to bind a key to its pages that encrypts data as it moves between the server and the client's browser. That way, visitors to the site know that it can be trusted and is safe.

When visiting a website that wants access to user data or install a plug-in, the Internet browser will warn you, and ask for your permission. If the website is trusted and you don't want to be warned or asked for permission each time you visit the website, you can add it to the Trusted Sites list on the computer. To add a website to a Trusted Sites list, click a link below for the browser you are using, and follow the steps provided.

Microsoft Edge

To add a trusted site for Microsoft Edge, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Click or double-click the Internet Options icon.
  3. In the Internet Properties window, click the Security tab.
  4. Select the Trusted sites entry and click the Sites button.

Trusted sites in Internet Properties for Microsoft Edge

  1. Enter the address for the trusted website in the Add this website to the zone text field.
  2. Click the Add button, then click OK to save the website addition.

Add a trusted site for Microsoft Edge

Internet Explorer

To add a trusted site for Internet Explorer, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Click or double-click the Internet Options icon.
  3. In the Internet Properties window, click the Security tab.
  4. Select the Trusted sites entry and click the Sites button.

Trusted sites in Internet Properties for Microsoft Edge

  1. Enter the address for the trusted website in the Add this website to the zone text field.
  2. Click the Add button, then click OK to save the website addition.

Add a trusted site for Microsoft Edge

Google Chrome

To add a trusted site for Google Chrome, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Click or double-click the Internet Options icon.
  3. In the Internet Properties window, click the Security tab.
  4. Select the Trusted sites entry and click the Sites button.

Trusted sites in Internet Properties for Microsoft Edge

  1. Enter the address for the trusted website in the Add this website to the zone text field.
  2. Click the Add button, then click OK to save the website addition.

Add a trusted site for Microsoft Edge

To manage security settings for a website at a more granular level, follow the steps below.

  1. In the browser address bar, click the lock icon or "Not secure" text to the left of the website address and select the Site settings option.
  2. In the Settings window, review the security options listed and change any settings as desired.

Site settings in Google Chrome

Firefox

To set security permissions for a trusted site in Firefox, follow the steps below.

  1. In the browser address bar, click the shield icon to the left of the website address.
  2. Click the gear icon for Content Blocking or Permissions to adjust the security settings for the website.

Website security settings in Firefox

  1. In the Options window, review and make the desired changes to the security options and permissions for the website.