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Posted 03 August 2009 - 10:43 AM
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Posted 03 August 2009 - 05:50 PM
Now OE is no worse\insecure than most other options, I explained it to someone on this site the other week as think of an aeroplane crash, then think of a car crash, a plane crash sounds far worse due to the sheer numbers involved, but yet your more likely to have a car accident more than a plane accident, it's simply a case because so many use it you hear more about it when things go bad, safe practises and good security with keeping the updates etc current and you should be fine, only thing I'd suggest is making your email ask permission EVERY time it wants to go online, this way if you get a request and you didn't tell it to then it's time to deny and start scanning.
There are obviously a few types of email available, web based which are often free, great for using on web sites etc, so worst case you can drop the address and get another if it gets on the spam circuit or something.
Then there is the one you can get from your isp, usually comes as part of your connection, but I have seen a couple of services charge extra for that, and that leaves paid for options, if you have your own web site\domain name the you can have whatever address @yourdomain you want, but you need to check if they allow using from your email client on your system as opposed to web mail, otherwise these are the options you have really.
What I do suggest is to use an email interface to pre-check your email before downloading it, I use a fantastic program called Mailwasher, you launch it and thats it, let it run all the time your online and it auto checks your mail every 10 minutes by default, you can change that period if you want, then what it does is download a preview in a text only format, any images are displayed as it's address, so it can quickly highlight if they are something nasty by seeing the address\domain etc.
This program also has a spam data base, and if you get mail from someone in that it pre-marks it as such, it can sometimes pick up if it's a virus as well and warn you, then the 1st time you get a mail from someone you can add it to a friends list, or blacklist it if it's from a bad source you don;t want, after you do this every future mail from that person is pre-marked so you never have to waste time looking at it again, takes a short while before you add your people to the appropriate list, but once done the program remembers and marks all future mails from them as such.
You can also sign up for a further spam database, it does exactly the same thing for you, just expands the database available to you, it also allows you to report spam to them for investigation\inclusion in future lists, but up to this point no mail has touched your system, so it's 100% safe, then once you mark each mail for keeping or deleting, you process the mail, it will then delete anything you selected BEFORE downloading the rest of the mail you do want to your email client on your PC.
Another useful feature is if a mail coming in requires a quick 1 line response then you can reply from the program, this then launches you're mail client as though you clicked on reply in your proper email, very handy not having to load the full mail client just for a quick response, so as you can tell by now, I really like this program lol, but it is the perfect interface to use with your proper email client, because nothing touches your system until you process the mail, it means you can get rid of unwanted stuff with it never touching your system, it's as safe as you can get IMO, hope this gets you started anyway.
Edited by 8210GUY, 03 August 2009 - 05:51 PM.
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