Using Windows Mail
Changing Windows Mail Security Settings
By default, to protect you from viruses, Windows Mail treats all email as though it
is from a restricted site. As discussed in the “Restricting Permissions Using Secu-
rity Zones” section of Chapter 7, this setting ensures that Windows Mail uses the
maximum safeguards and disables all types of potentially unsafe content. To pre-
vent certain types of phishing and marketing scams as well as nefarious programs,
Windows Mail also blocks images and other types of external content in HTML
email automatically. In most cases, this is the best configuration to safeguard your
computer and your data. With these settings, very few viruses can slip through. Plus,
if you are sure an email is from a safe sender, you can right-click an image or other
type of blocked external content in a message and then select Download to display
the blocked contents.
You can use the Security tab in the Windows Mail Options dialog box to change set-
tings for virus protection and secure email. To access and configure the Security tab
options, follow these steps:
1. In Windows Mail, click Tools, and then click Options.
2. In the Options dialog box, click the Security tab, as shown in Figure 16-9.
3. For virus protection, select either the less secure Internet zone or the highly
secure Restricted sites zone as the Internet Explorer security zone to use.
4. By default, Windows Mail warns you whenever another program tries to send
email as you. This option is designed to protect other people from a virus that
has infected your computer and is trying to spread itself through email. Clear the
“Warn Me...” option if you don’t want to be warned when other applications
Figure 16-8. Setting phishing filter options