Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Filtering Junk E-Mail
•Disable links and other functionality in phishing messages: Phishing
isn’t just an incorrectly spelled pastime; it’s a way of doing
something very wrong to lots of unsuspecting recipients. Phishing
is the term used for an e-mail message that tries to impersonate a
bank or financial institution in an effort to steal your personal
information. It’s the first step in an identity theft operation, so
Outlook tries to detect false e-mails and disable the web links
they contain. Even so, you should never give personal financial
information or passwords to anyone in response to an e-mail
message. Go straight to your financial institution by phone or log
on to its website directly (not by clicking the links in an e-mail).
You could be the victim of all kinds of bad stuff if you’re not
careful. Let Outlook provide you with some added protection; turn
on this option.
•Warn me about suspicious domain names in e-mail addresses: Some
places have a bad reputation, both on the web and off. If you
receive an e-mail from a suspicious location, Outlook will warn you
so that you don’t get yourself into trouble. Mother told you there’d
be websites like this. She also told you to eat your vegetables. Did
you? I didn’t think so. Well, I’m telling you to turn this option on
4. Click the OK button.
The Junk E-Mail Options dialog box closes.
There you are! With any luck, you’ll no longer need to wade through messages
about get-rich-quick schemes or pills that enlarge body parts you don’t even
Filtering your e-mail with
sender and recipient lists
Outlook’s junk e-mail feature lets you decide if you want to set up your own
safe and blocked lists. You can make a list of people whose messages should
always be moved to the Junk E-Mail folder (or people whose messages should
never be moved there). Check out the other tabs of the Junk E-Mail Options
dialog box for descriptions of the types of senders you can enter:
✓ Safe Senders: When you get a message from an e-mail address or
domain that you specify here, Outlook makes sure not to treat the
message as junk e-mail — no matter what else the message says.
✓ Safe Recipients: If you receive messages from an online mailing list, the
messages often appear to come from many different people, but they’re
always addressed to the list. (For example, if you belong to any of the
groups on Yahoo! Groups, you’ll see this.) In this case, you’d put the
name of the list in your Safe Recipients list.