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Additional Security Features in Post-SP2 Outlook Express

As of Service Pack 2, Outlook Express included a couple security features worth knowing about. Click Help, About Outlook Express, and check the revision number. If your Outlook Express revision is later than 6.00.2900 then you have the updated version. The post SP2 version deals with two essential problems: Spam and unsafe email attachments.

Of course, one way around most viruses and other intrusive malware (uninvited programs that do harm to your computer) is to switch to the Mac and Linux operating system and/or hardware. The degree to which hackers are interested in writing malicious code for a platform is directly proportional to the size of the installed base of a platform, and Windows wins that competition by a long shot. However, if, like us, you really enjoy the broad base of applications and utilities available for the Windows platform, switching to a Mac or Linux system simply to avoid viruses seems self defeating. Better to understand how to protect yourself from malware's ravages by taking reasonable security measures. Spam is another issue, one that affects most anyone who uses email.


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