Email Spam Risks

  AP22 11:59 31 Jan 04
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Like many I am deluged with spam. The latest pattern seems to be random "real" names as from addresses and subject lines that don't seem to be caught by the filters I have set.

My query concerns what constitutes "opening" an email. If I right click, select properties and read the header and message source, does this open me to viruses? Similarly, if I indavertently open an email for reading (NOT any attachment of course) can this trigger viruses or worse?

  Diodorus Siculus 12:02 31 Jan 04

It should not trigger a virus if you have an uptodate virus checker and all relevant MS updates - unless a new one is released that can do this.

Get something like mailwasher - it will check what is on your server and then you can view headers, text etc without any risk. Any spam can then be deleted.

  palinka 18:07 31 Jan 04

I use the same method (properties/message source/details)and it seems to be OK. I also advise my friends to turn off the preview pane to avoid emails opening "by themselves". In OE go to View>layout>then untick Show Preview Pane. Click apply then OK.

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