[OT] Re: Outlook Text Setting [was: Differences between the.. .]

From: David Woyciesjes <DAW_at_yalepress3.unipress.yale.edu>
Date: Tue Aug 6 13:57:00 2002

-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Smith [mailto:eric_at_brouhaha.com]

> Personally, I feel that if you use common sense, Outlook can be
> _almost_ as safe as Pine.

Not even close! Example: Outlook will run Javascript in the preview pane.
The problem is that when MS designed Outlook, they gave not the slightest
bit of concern to security. Since then they've patched some of the worst
problems, but they haven't fixed the overall design. As far as I can tell,
their recent claim to be focusing on security is just lip service.

I try to get all my clients to switch to Mahogany, which is free software,
or Eudora if they insist on using commercial software.


        Eric - You're kinda right, but missed one thing. I said "use common
sense". That would include disabling the preview pane, as it is a known
security issue. :)
        Alongside not opening unknown attachments, adjusting the security
zone settings, disabling VB scripting (and all other scripting) etc...

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