How to Secure Outlook and Outlook Express

Trusted mail clients are really need for the fully protection on your PC. It is also need as well as your duty to make your mail client stay secure. It is one of many way to prevant your or client emails from worms or viruses. As you might already know, These worms and viruses are big threats to the security of your PC.

So if you haven’t started doing anything about securing your mail client yet, you can visit the Email Help Center to help you with detecting malicious email attachments and tips of email security. The security steps below are only applicable to 2002, 2003, and 2007 versions of Outlook and Outlook Express v6.0 and above. Older versions will not fully benefit on these security tips so better update it if you’re currently using one.

The following are the steps in configuring Outlook Express to be able to send and receive emails in plain text only:

  • Launch Outlook Express. Click on Tools and then options.
  • Select “Read all messages in plain text” found when you select the Read tab.
  • Click on the Send button then select “Plain text” under Mail Sending Format.
  • Click Apply and Ok to exit.

Meanwhile, the following steps below are for Microsoft Outlook 2003:

  • Launch Outlook 2003 then click on Tools and go to Options.
  • Go to Preferences then Email Options.
  • Select “Read all standard mail in plain text”.
  • Click Ok to close the dialog box and another Ok to exit the menu.

For Microsoft Outlook 2007:

  • Launch Outlook 2007. Click on Tools and select Trust Center.
  • Select email security.
  • Choose “Read all standard mail in plain text”.
  • Click Ok to save all the changes and to exit the menu.

To further add security to your Outlook and Outlook Express, follow the tips below:

  • Disable all Java and ActiveX in the Restricted Sites zone. You can configure this on Internet Explorer by selecting the following on the menu items:

Tools < Internet Options < Security < Restricted Sites < Custom Level

Choosing the restrictions to High simply won’t work. Just set it to Custom Level and then scan through all the listed disabling options for scripting of ActiveX and Java. It is not a bad move to ask assistance to experts if you think you can’t handle this all by yourself.

  • After modifying the Restricted Zones, you will have to add Outlook or Outlook Express to this zone. All you have to do is launch Outlook or Outlook Express, choose Tools, click on Options, click Security, and then finally select the Restricted Zone.

You just have to see to it that all the applicable and critical patches and updates are all applied to your system. To check for updates, go to Windows Update site, select Product Updates, and then install any marked as “Critical”. You have to do it once a month.

For disabling the scripting on your other mail clients, you may choose from the list below:

  • Eudora
  • Netscape Mail
  • Pegasus

You just have to follow all these security tips and you might fight email threats through your email clients. Start doing it now before it’s too late.

Can’t bother with doing it manually? Try using a registry cleaner who will do this automatically with just a few clicks.

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