Protect Your Inbox from E-Mail-borne Viruses
Posted: April 26, 2002
If you use Microsoft Outlook®, you can protect yourself from the kinds
of e-mail virus or worm attacks that make headlines by unleashing damaging code
and disrupting business operations. The Outlook E-Mail Security Update can block
access to certain file types that could spread dangerous code, whether you use
Outlook 2000 or Outlook 98. If you use Outlook version 2002, you already have
this type of protection.
If you don't know which version of Outlook you have, open the Help menu in
Outlook and click About Microsoft Outlook; you will see the version number in
the first line of text in the dialog box that appears.
Hit this Microsoft web page for complete details and download links http://www.microsoft.com/office/outlook/evaluation/security.asp.
And if you use Word as your email editor and use Outlook versions 2000 or 2002,
be sure to click this security
bulletin link to learn more about an additional security patch.
Editor's note: One problem you may eventually encounter, thanks to all these security settings that are meant to protect you from all the viruses being passed around out there, is that you may one day need to retrieve an important attachment, but then discover that you can't access it because the security setting make the file inaccessible. So I'd suggest you also check out this great information from Sue Mosher, Outlook MVP, who runs a premiere Outlook/Exchange information site. This URL: http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/esecup/getexe.htm will give you details regarding how you can modify the registry to make some file types exempt from the security setting. That way you'll be able to access the file you need. And if hacking the registry sounds too scary, she also lists some utilities you can download that'll do the job for you through dialog boxes.
Contributed by: Dian Chapman