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Microsoft® Office Outlook® 2007 Inside Out by Doug Sheresh, Beth Sheresh, Jim Boyce

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Protecting Against Viruses in Attachments

In the old days, infected boot floppy disks were the most common way computer viruses were spread. Today, e-mail is by far the most common infection mechanism. Viruses range from mostly harmless (but irritating) to severe, sometimes causing irreparable damage to your system. Worms are a more recent variation, spreading across the Internet primarily through e-mail and by exploited operating system flaws. Worms can bog down a system by consuming the majority of the system’s resources, and they can cause the same types of damage as viruses.

Outlook 2007 provides protection against viruses and worms by letting you block certain types of attachments that are susceptible to infection. This prevents users from ...

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