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Download Attachments Automatically In Microsoft® Outlook 2010

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E-mail is an application to send and receive information and its feature to attach files is an essential part of e-mail messaging. It allows users to send pictures, documents, files and many more items to family members, colleagues, friends and business partners. It is simple, direct, and easy to use, especially with e-mail clients like Microsoft Outlook 2010. But some time back, hackers have exploited the usefulness of e-mail attachments to spread malicious software like viruses, Trojans, spyware, and many more threats.

Automating the download process for Outlook 2010 is convenient for users who regularly receive lot of e-mails and majority of them with attachments.

Here are a few things that you should know:

  • Protecting your application from e-mail threats
  • Risks involved in automatically downloading attachments
  • How to implement automatic downloading?

Protecting Your Application from E-mail Threats
Many spammers attach various infected files to their e-mails. It is recommended that users should not open attachments from spammers or users you do not know as their mails may contain malicious threats. Malware is able to exploit the address book of infected mails. Malware also make fake appearance as if the e-mail is from someone you know. You should confirm first before opening an e-mail with an attachment that you were not expecting.

Risks Involved in Automatically Downloading Attachments
When you download attachments to a certain folder automatically, you are also automatically saving the malicious ones. Even if you do not intend to open such attachments, you can still accidentally do so while going through your folder of attachments. For this reason, it is advised to manually download files rather, especially if you do not really receive too many attachments.

How to implement automatic downloading?
This feature is not implemented in Outlook 2010 due to security vulnerabilities that the user could expose his computer to. But for those users who want to use this feature, it can be activated with the use of add-ins or by using certain VBA scripts. The procedure is complicated and users are advised not to attempt it. It is best to consult a PC expert with the right skills to activate this feature for you so that it can be done correctly.

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