Top 10 best practices for securing e-mail clients

Richard Luckett
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, resident spam and security expert, Richard

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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

 Home: Introduction
 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

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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