are dozens of great email programs on the market today, including
Microsoft Outlook Express™ and
Sun Microsystems's Start
™. Most email attacks are written
specifically for Microsoft Outlook, but can be successful to varying
degrees on most of the popular email clients depending on the email
program type and exploit.
Types of Email
Email software comes in three basic types:
The most popular type of email today is based on the
client/server model. The main email software is
located on the local client PC. It contacts a main
). Most conventional email systems use the
client/server model. Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Outlook, Netscape
Messenger, and Lotus Notes are all client/server email models.
Web-based email systems, such as
, allow end users to pick up their email from any computer with an Internet-connected browser. The user must login with her email name and password. Then she can send and retrieve emails like she normally would, albeit, with less overall functionality. Web-based email creation takes place within ...