Thursday, September 9, 2010

Unspecified Potential Security Risk

A spreadsheet was recently shared within the Google Apps for Education at my district. Seemed simple enough, set up a Google Site that would point to a specific file for each school. Everything seemed fine until an "Unspecified Potential Security Risk" reared it's ugly head within Internet Explorer for every user trying to access the file. After doing some research, we tried making sure the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet =Settings\Zones\1\180D was set to it's default of 0. It was. A little more thought led us to lowering the security settings, which also did not fix the problem. I then decided to open the file directly from Google Docs and sure enough there was no error. I copied out the link and changed on the above mentioned sites page and sure enough the problem was solved. So what was the difference in the links? The one that did not work was simply http: the solution was to change it to the more secure https: ! Sometimes its the simple things!
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