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Best Practice #7: Use Outlook's Junk E-mail filter or install spam-filtering software

Checklist: Top 10 best practices for securing e-mail clients, best practice #7.

Both Outlook 2000 and Outlook 2003 have a Junk E-mail filter. But only Outlook 2003's Junk E-mail filter is a true Bayesian spam filter. Outlook 2000's is simply a set of rules. So the best practice would be to either use Outlook 2003's Junk E-mail filter or a third-party spam filter that supports the version of mail client you are using.

There are a couple of important notes about the Junk E-mail filter. First, Outlook 2003 must be running in cache mode in order to support it. Second, Outlook Web Access 2003 supports the Junk E-mail filter.

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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