Outlook Express more vulnerable to computer viruses ?
Question : I use Outlook Express for e-mail. Does that window at the bottom
that shows the selected message make me more vulnerable to computer viruses?
Answer : Outlook Express has had its share of security problems over the
years, and there have been malicious threats that take advantage of its
preview pane, which displays the contents of a message without your having to
open the file. Internet security experts have often recommended turning off
the preview pane to prevent such instant virus and worm infections when you go
through your e-mail.
You can turn off the preview pane by going to the Views menu in Outlook
Express, selecting the Layout option and unchecking the box next to "Show
Outlook Express 6.0 has more security features than previous versions; you
can find these settings by going to the Tools menu, to Options, and clicking
on the Security tab. Here, among other settings, you can have Outlook Express
block images and attachments that might contain viruses.
And no matter what version of Windows or Outlook Express you use,
installing an antivirus program can help protect your computer from infectious
code traveling around the Internet.