At 09:59 2002-08-29 -0700, Michael J. Rensing did say:
Given that no-one has created the perfect spam filter, and that some of my
business associates insist on sending critical e-mail in HTML format,
Perhaps you should look at greenlisting known associates. Then, you can
get aggressive with everything that isn't greenlisted.
This wouldn't be an issue if I used a pure text mail viewer, but I'm using
Outlook (not really a choice), so I'm going to run my mail through a linux
box first to clean it up...
Perhaps you could make a concerted effort with whomever is responsible for
your being stuck with OutBreak to switch to something that isn't such a
security risk in and of itself, as well as the single largest target for
There exist personal firewall products for PC systems, whereby different
services can be limited to certain applications - that is, when your email
client attempts to hit a website (port 80 for http), if it isn't enabled
for that service, you'd get a security dialog. So, you'd set up the
firewall to permit LookOut to only access pop, smtp, and imap services
(perhaps some others if you use it to change passwords or do other
services). No more live web bugs in your email. I can't make specific
recommendations in this department - I run a router-based firewall, and
avoid OutBreak like the plague.
I use Eudora Pro and have been very happy with it over the past seven years
or so. I run it without the MSIE-based (icko!) message preview.
Sean B. Straw / Professional Software Engineering
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