With Outlook being a flamin’ red target for viruses… and the horror stories I’ve heard of all the grief it has caused, I’ve never ever considered using this e-mail program. Are you nuts?! I cry over burnt brownies… how would I ever recover from a virus attack?
But curiosity finally got the best of me, especially after seeing how well it works with other Office applications, and its ability to integrate the Stamps.com software for easy postage printing.
Okay, so I’m hooked. But I am taking proper precautions to avoid making a big ole yucky mess all over my pretty computer.
Now, although Outlook has powerful message filters, it only uses black and white lists, so the junk mail filters cannot be trained. Fortunately, I found a FREE solution to this weakness in SpamBayes. This is a FREE plugin for Outlook that you can train to classify incoming messages as spam, unsure, or non-spam. The messages are then automatically filed away in the appropriate folder.
To keep those slimy viruses and other disgusting stuff away, I’ve selected to send all mail in plain text, as well as receive and display all mail in plain text without downloading remote images in e-mails from unknown senders.
Sure, HTML messages are pretty, but I’ll stick with Millie Vanilla plain text if it’ll keep me from catching anything.
Use these tips, and you too can be on your way to a safer, more secure e-mail experience!