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Phishproof Outlook

Microsoft has just released Office 2003 SP2. One key new feature is the addition of anti-phishing tools to Outlook 2003.
SP2 contains a new Phishing Protection feature to be used with the Outlook Junk Email Filter. Phishing is the luring of sensitive information through e-mail, such as passwords and other personal information, by an attacker masquerading as someone trustworthy. Phishing attacks can result in a user divulging sensitive information, including financial information, that can result in a loss of privacy or money. Phishing e-mail is hard to identify, because attackers make their e-mail appear genuine and often mimic recognizable e-mail sent out routinely by legitimate organizations such as banks and credit card companies.


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Sep. 27th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
Step one, get enough sense not to use Outlook...
Sep. 27th, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC)
If there was a better PIM out there...
Sep. 27th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
why? It's not been insecure for quite some time. Phishing isn't a technology issue, it's a social engineering issue that can be moderated by technology like filters but could be almost completely fixed by people learning good online habits.
Sep. 27th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC)
I couldn't agree with you more.

I don't bank online and my bank doesn't have my e-mail address, so I know I'm not going to get anything from them. I don't open attachments unless I know who they're from AND the message tells me what the attachment is. I'm virus protected and firewalled, and that should be enough.

Sep. 27th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
that is enough - in fact it's more than enough. Last month I wanted screen grabs of removing spyware from a PC so I fired up a virtual PC session of XP SP2 and turned off all the security settings and browsed pr0n and warez sites for a few hours (I don't always get paid to browse pr0n, alas). In the end, the only way to get infected was by deliberately downloading Claria and 180 Solutions and KaZaa; I didn't get drive-by downloads until I was already heavily infected and in every case I could have avoided it by closing the dialog with the Close button. If you're patched and sensible, and you don;t let kids surf unattended, you're safe. You can bank online safely too, as long as you always type in the URL rather than clicking links in email. I'm a big fan of one particular technology solution - InfoCards - but it's just about making it easier to spot whether your bank is in a brick building on the high street or the back of a pickup trick down a dark alley with the engine running...
Sep. 27th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, this is not directly related, but I recently read that Microsoft asked their best customers what featres they'd like in the next release of Office - and found that 90% of all features requested were already in the product.
Sep. 28th, 2005 12:24 am (UTC)
Yup - they stated that at the PDC in LA a couple of weeks ago. Hence Office 12's task oriented UI.
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