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Best Practice # 2: Configure antivirus software to scan your mail client

Checklist: Top 10 best practices for securing e-mail clients , best practice # 2.

The latest versions of Outlook and Outlook Web Access (OWA) will block certain file attachments to protect you from potentially dangerous files. This is not really an antivirus scanner, just a blocklist that can be circumvented easily.

You can secure your mail client even further by allowing your antivirus software to scan e-mail coming into and being sent by your e-mail client. Check with your antivirus vendor to see if they support this, and ask them for details on how to enable e-mail scanning. Most antivirus products will prompt you to enable this feature during installation.

Top 10 best practices for securing e-mail clients

 Home: Introduction
 #1: Patch your clients
 #2: Configure antivirus software to scan your e-mail clients
 #3: Use anti-malware software
 #4: Quarantine attachments
 #5: Don't be a sucker
 #6: Disable unsigned macros
 #7: Use Outlook's Junk E-mail filter or install spam-filtering software
 #8: Just be plain
 #9: Learn to read (e-mail headers, that is)
 #10: Digitally sign and encrypt e-mails

Richard Luckett, Vice President and Senior Consultant, Ajettix Security
Richard Luckett is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer on the Windows NT 4.0, 2000 and 2003 platforms and has been certified on Exchange since version 4.0. He is the co-author of Administering Exchange 2000 Server, published by McGraw Hill, and has written four Exchange courses, Introduction to Exchange 2000, and Hands-on Exchange 2003, Ultimate Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2003 Administrator Boot Camp for Global Knowledge Inc. Richard is currently Vice President and Senior Consultant for Ajettix Security, where he is the head of the Microsoft security practice.
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