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Chapter 15. Configuring Outlook > Understanding Outlook and Internet Security

Understanding Outlook and Internet Security

Security on the Internet has been an issue as Hackers take down sites all the time, steal information from companies and organizations, and generally create havoc, almost on a daily basis. Viruses and Worms halt e-mail around the world which does extensive harm to computers and networks. However, with most companies and organizations, security is a major issue. Company information is often sensitive and most companies guard their files like the government guards Fort Knox. Because there have been so many e-mail attachment viruses recently, Microsoft has taken an active roll in leading this threat to the security of our computers and e-mail.

Outlook automatically checks the file types of each attachment in the messages you send and receive. By default Outlook will check your attachment file types against the file types on the Level One blocked list: .ade, .adp, .app, .bas, .bat, .chm, .cmd, .com, .cpl, .crt, .csh, .exe, .fxp, .hlp, .hta, .inf, .ins, .isp, .js, .jse, .ksh, .lnk, .mda, .mdb, .mde, .mdt, .mdw, .mdz, .msc, .msi, .msp, .mst, .ops, .pcd, .pif, .prf, .prg, .reg, .scf, .scr, .sct, .shb, .shs, .url, .vb, .vbe, .vbs, .wsc, .wsf, .wsh, .xsl. If your file is on this list, Outlook will prevent you from saving, viewing, and executing the attachment on your system.


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