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Are suspicious emails, safer to read offline?


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#1 venus_n

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 11:13 PM

Are suspicious mails that may contain hidden javascript code or tracking cookies etc or something to get information, safer to read offline? By offline i mean, they will be transfered into some windows mail client like outlook express, while i am online. And then, after i disconnect from internet, i read those mails on the mail client like outlook express. Will that be just safer or completely safe?

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 02:42 AM

I'm not really an expert, but I'm never comfortable downloading my e-mails. But, there shouldn't be much difference between reading e-mails online or offline if you have a decent e-mail provider, which actively scans your incoming e-mails for viruses, and if you have a decent anti-virus solution. Having an up to date browser can also help in stopping malicious javascript from being executed. What I can say is that in both cases of reading e-mails offline, or online, it is never completely safe. Suspicious e-mails can carry much more than just tracking cookies or malicious javascripts. A more definitive answer can probably be given by someone from the Malware team. I hope that helps, Nahumi
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