Securing Outlook, Part Two: Many Choices to Make

Friday, 27 December 2002, 8:46 AM EST

This is the second of two articles focusing on ways to secure one of the world's most popular e-mail clients, Microsoft's Outlook. The first article offered a brief overview of Outlook, as well as some of the threats that undermine its security. It also discussed configuring Outlook for optimal security. This article will look at some more things that Outlook users can do to improve their e-mail security.

Microsoft Outlook has been the victim, over and over again, of security lapses and holes. Finally, after years of patches designed to fix problems after they occurred, Microsoft decided to act proactively to improve security in Outlook. Unfortunately, this came at the expense of functionality. Whether or not this tradeoff is appropriate for your needs is for you to decide.

Microsoft's big solution to the virus problem was the Outlook E-Mail Security Update. Available for Outlook 98 or 2000, unavailable for Outlook 97, and built-in to Outlook 2002, this update changes the behavior of Outlook in radical ways. What exactly does it do?

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