In this article we look at ways to avoid letting a virus slip through an email received in Ms Outlook
Computer viruses come dime by dozen and can have different traits. A large section of computer viruses and other malware can spread through emails. Since, there are a number of users using MS Outlook on their system, so it becomes important to know how to secure your system from email viruses coming through Outlook. At first point, one should be aware of how exactly a virus infection occurs in a system. Well, this can happen when a user opens a virus infected email attachment received in Outlook mailbox. Even if you have set your spam settings, chances are some viruses can still get unnoticed and you can open them knowingly or unknowingly. The moment you open that virus attachment, your system gets infected by malicious virus that ultimately start harming your crucial data and other important items saved on the system. In this article, we intend to bring forward some key points that might help you in keeping the email viruses coming through MS Outlook at bay, so read on.
Microsoft did its best in providing you a couple of features to deal with the problem of virus attack in Outlook. Firstly, you can easily enable the Security Zone in MS Outlook, wherein, you can choose to run ActiveX Controls and other scripts within HTML emails. It must be noted that by default, Outlook works on Restricted Zone and not on the Internet Zone. You need to go to the Security Zone Settings of your Internet Explorer and follow some simple steps.
One can use the settings to enable the Junk Folder that catches any spam related email, thereby preventing you from either opening the virus infected email attachment or replying back to that virus infected email address. It is to be noted that messages caught in the Junk Folder are disabled by the Reply feature, so the risk of virus infection is less. While, there is no end to the virus infections, but it is better to get equipped with the preventive methods than to repent later and thankfully, Outlook does provide us with an array of such options.
The sad part of the story is that when you think you are taking a step ahead in protecting your system from virus attacks, you may seem to forget about other threats. Here we are talking about the very common practice of Phishing. These days, phishing is on a rise, especially with the popularity of social media sites, the wrong people are trying to get your personal information that is on display in such social networking sites for online misuse. To reduce phishing risks, simple disable links in Outlook email body.
Keeping a backup of your emails in Outlook is highly advisable
It is always prudent to keep a regular backup of emails stored in Outlook. This can help you avoid a data loss scenario in the event of an Outlook crash. However in case you do not have a backup, you can still hope to get your emails back after a crash with the help of Outlook recovery tool like the repair DataNumen Outlook Repair. It can quickly bring back all your emails along with attachments and any embedded data contained in them. Moreover other data elements such as contacts and Notes too can be extracted from a compromised PST file with this tool.
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