Email Security Tips
Close Preview Pane
Some dangerous messages need only be opened in your e-mail program's preview window to do their dirty work (because they render HTML email messages). That's why we recommend that you close the preview pane in all of your inboxes.
- In Microsoft Outlook 2003, click View, Reading pane, Off.
- In Outlook Express 6, click View, Layout and verify that 'Show Preview Pane' is unchecked.
Make sure you can see all file extensions from explorer. Windows 2000 and XP turn this off by default. Some viruses masquerade as a harmless file, such as a cartoon, and add .exe at the end of it: 'cartoon.jpg.exe'. The exe would be hidden and if you clicked on cartoon.jpg.exe the virus would be unleashed.
Open Windows Explorer or any folder window and click Tools > Folder Options > View. Ensure that the option 'Hide file extensions for known file types' is unchecked.
View Attachments Safely
Attachments can be viewed safely without opening the email in most email readers.
- Outlook - Right-click the email and choose View Attachments
- Outlook Express - Properties, Details tab, Message Source.
If you set your email to automatically generate a response (such as you are out of the office) this will verify your email address is valid to every spammer that sends you an email.