The SANS Institute publishes a Top 20 list of security vulnerabilities. Ranking as the ninth largest vulnerability for Microsoft is its mail client.
To protect Microsoft Outlook, SearchExchange.com resident spam and security expert, Richard Luckett, offers this Top 10 list of things you should do to make your e-mail clients more secure.
This advice is not only for Exchange administrators, but for end users as well. Pass this checklist along to them so they know how to protect themselves.
Top 10 best practices for securing e-mail clients
Best Practice #1: Patch your clients
Best Practice #2: Configure antivirus software to scan your e-mail clients
Best Practice #3: Use anti-malware software
Best Practice #4: Quarantine attachments
Best Practice #5: Don't be a sucker
Best Practice #6: Disable unsigned macros
Best Practice #7: Use Outlook's Junk E-mail filter or install spam-filtering software
Best Practice #8: Just be plain
Best Practice #9: Learn to read (e-mail headers, that is)
Best Practice #10: Digitally sign and encrypt e-mails
|ABOUT THE AUTHOR:|
| 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.