Microsoft® Outlook security settings
What is the role of security settings in Microsoft Outlook and how to configure the security settings?
Microsoft Outlook is one of the applications in the Microsoft Office suite. This is one of the most widely used e-mail programs. This could be used mainly in the business today. As a result, there are chances that these applications show security issues. This would be the target of many hackers. Due to these security issues, Microsoft has taken so many different steps to make the Outlook more secure by configuring some security settings. You need to configure these security settings according to your needs. You have to make your system free from all viruses . The security settings will increase the security of Microsoft Outlook.
Following are the role of Microsoft Outlook security settings and tips to configure security settings:
- Antiphishing and block junk e-mail
- Blocking and allowing senders
- Configure security settings
Antiphishing and block junk e-mail
Microsoft Outlook has the ability to block the junk mails. Junk mail is a type of DoS (denial of service) attack on the system users. This would keep one from reading legitimate e-mails and would also cause slow downs. With security settings, Microsoft Outlook could be able to identify junk mail and could block them. Other form of junk mail is phishing e-mail. This is a trick mail that would force you to share your account details and thereby, steals your identity and money. If the Microsoft Outlook has found that an e-mail is of that type, it would dump that e-mail to junk e-mail folder. Thus, the security settings of Microsoft Outlook would block these unwanted e-mails.
Blocking and allowing senders
This is other feature of Microsoft Outlook security settings. You could be able to block the individual senders or could also block the domain. You could also allow genuine senders when you find that some e-mail senders are not genuine. You could block them by using this feature. This would also enhance the security of your account and the system.
You could be able to configure the Microsoft Outlook for different purposes. You could configure settings to block attachment file name extensions and the viruses. To change the attachment file extensions, start Microsoft Outlook from the account which has permission to change settings. Then in the folder list, look for the Outlook Security Settings public folder. Then, you need to double-click the Default Security Form. Under the Miscellaneous Attachment Settings, you have to click to clear check box for the Show level 1 attachment. Then, add the file name extension to block in the Add box. Then, click 'close' and 'Yes' to save these changes. You have to repeat this for each security form in the public folder.
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