Microsoft Outlook and Exchange Server 2003 Email Security Guide

Protect Microsoft Outlook and Exchange Server 2003 from threats like spam, viruses, phishing and hackers with this email security guide for administrators.

Protect your organization from email security threats with this collection of tutorials, tips, and expert advice. You'll discover how to configure and harden Microsoft Outlook 2003 and Exchange Server 2003 with security features and tools like SSL, S/MIME, Information Rights Management (IRM) and Intelligent Message Filter (IMF). You'll also learn how to set up a virtual private network (VPN) and best practices for protecting your environment against spam, viruses, phishing and hackers.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
   Microsoft Outlook 2003 Security
   Exchange Server 2003 Security
   Email Virus, Spam and Phishing Resources

  Microsoft Outlook 2003 Security  Return to Top

  • A Microsoft Outlook email security tutorial

  • Become a Microsoft Outlook security expert! Learn how to use a wide range of Outlook email security features, including the Outlook security update, RPC over HTTP, S/MIME and IRM.

  • Top 10 best practices for Outlook security

  • SearchExchange.com resident security expert Richard Luckett offers this Top 10 list of things you should do to make your Outlook email clients more secure.

  • Securing Outlook 2003 messages with Information Rights Management (IRM)

  • With Outlook 2003's Information Rights Management feature, you can prevent the content of an email message from being forwarded, printed, or copied and pasted into another document. Exchange MVP Brien Posey walks through the steps involved in sending a message using the IRM feature.

  • Configuring Microsoft Outlook to display Sender ID information

  • Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) can automatically evaluate the Sender ID status of each inbound message and add the result to the message's properties in Microsoft Outlook. Discover a technique useful for creating filtering rules that get rid of spoofed messages, and how to build a script in Outlook 2003 to extract Sender ID information.

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  • Securing Exchange Server 2003

  • Learn about client-side and server-side security feature enhancements in Exchange Server 2003, including Kerberos authentication, SSL security, and RPC over HTTP.

  • Native Exchange Server 2003 antispam solutions

  • Discover native Exchange 2003 antispam filtering solutions that enhance Exchange IMF, including connection filters, RBLs, and Global Accept and Deny lists.

  • Selectively set email permissions for Exchange 2003 groups

  • Learn how to configure permissions for a group of Exchange 2003 users to send email both internally and externally, and allow a second group to only send internally.

  • How to set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology is a logical, secure connection across an insecure network which is extremely useful in Exchange organizations with a lot of remote users, but it can be somewhat complicated to configure. This guide will walk you step-by-step through the process of setting up a VPN in an Exchange 2003 environment.

      Email Virus, Spam and Phishing Resources  Return to Top

  • 10 tips in 10 minutes: Spam and phishing exposed

  • A must read for programmers and administrators responsible for system security, this collection of 10 tips from Phishing Exposed, by Lance James, will teach you how to prepare for and defend against phishers and spammers. You'll learn tricks of the trade that phishers and spammers use and how to fight back.

  • Learning Guide: How to fight spam on Exchange Server

  • Spam. Everybody has it, nobody likes it. This guide explains the basics of spam and offers techniques and tools to battle it. You'll find spam-related tutorials, tips, tools, white papers, expert advice and more that will help you combat unsolicited email in your Exchange Server environment.

  • How to protect Exchange Server from spam blacklists

  • It is sometimes possible to get blacklisted by various antispam companies, even if your organization has never sent a spam message. This is a serious problem that can severely harm day-to-day business operations. In this four-part tutorial, you'll learn how to keep your Exchange Server off spam blacklists, and how to get off them if you've already been unfairly singled out.

  • Crash Course: Exchange Intelligent Message Filter

  • Discover how to update your Intelligent Message Filter spam definitions using Microsoft Update, display SCL rankings in Outlook for incoming email, and enable IMF on authenticated SMTP connections. Also discover third-party tools that allow more granular control over Exchange Server 2003's IMF functionality.

  • Top 5 Exchange Intelligent Message Filter add-on tools

  • Exchange IMF is a useful antispam application, but like most software, it isn't necessarily perfect out of the box. Discover five notable Exchange Intelligent Message Filter freeware and third-party add-on tools that improve IMF's usability and antispam capabilities.

    Check out the Microsoft Outlook and Exchange Security Reference Center for the most tips, expert advice and references on Outlook and Exchange Server security.

    If you didn't find a solution to your Microsoft Outlook and Exchange Server security problem in our guide, you can pose a question to one of our Outlook and Exchange security experts.

    This was first published in November 2007

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