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Securing Outlook Express

By sbrager ·
We're using Outlook Express and I want to write a security document for my users on how to implement Outlook Express security measures which they should take to protect their computers and the network from viruses.

Examples:

1. know the sender.
2. scan attachments before opening.
3. don't use the preview pane.

Are there other issues regarding OE which I should consider?

If the sender is not known, can the recipient look at the properties of the email to validate the user without jeopardizing security?

Thanks in advance:

Stan

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Outlook Express in a business???

by DC_GUY In reply to Securing Outlook Express

That software was really intended for the consumer market, and it's not even very good there. The wormholes and other security weaknesses in OE are daunting, and with SP/2 and IE to worry about, not much attention has been given to the OE market. I can't even recall seeing an attempt to list all of OE's security issues. Perhaps another member has.

I'd recommend you give top priority to upgrading to an industrial-grade e-mail package if you're supporting a business. You get what you pay for and you probably got OE for free.

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by sbrager In reply to Outlook Express in a busi ...

You're right, DC_Guy.

WE had been using Office Outlook 97 but not Exchange. Then, our ISP said that he would no longer support Outlook 97 and recommended that we switch to OE.

I agree with you regarding OE. I liked Outlook 97 much better. It gave us more control.

Stan

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