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Email Phishing Protection

Internet Explorer’s Phishing Filter works well if you stumble into a phishing site while surfing the Web. However, most phishing “lures” are email messages that appear to be from legitimate businesses, and they include links that send you to phishing sites where they hope to dupe you into giving up confidential information. To help prevent you from falling into that trap, Windows Mail includes an antiphishing feature of its own: If it detects a potential phishing email, it blocks that message from appearing. The Phishing tab in the Junk E-mail Options dialog box controls this feature. Make sure that you activate the Protect My Inbox from Messages with Potential Phishing Links check box. Note, too, that you can also redirect potential phishing messages to the Junk E-mail folder by activating the Move Phishing E-mail to the Junk Mail Folder check box.

If Windows Mail detects a potential phishing message, it displays a message to let you know and it displays the message header in red text. If you open the suspicious message, Windows Mail displays the message shown in Figure 21.18 and disables the message’s images and links. If you’re sure that the message is not a phishing attempt, click Unblock.


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