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Chapter 15: Keeping Secrets Safe with Outlook Security
Chapter 15
Keeping Secrets Safe
with Outlook Security
In This Chapter
Getting a Digital ID
Sending a signed message
Encoding a message
In the movies, computer hackers know everything — your credit card
balance, Social Security number, and what you ate for breakfast. There
doesn’t seem to be a single scrap of personal information that a computer
hacker in a movie can’t find out. Are real-life computer hackers just as
brilliant and dangerous? Not really. Most personal information thefts aren’t
hackers sneaking into personal computers. More often than not, these losers dig
credit-card slips out of a restaurant dumpster, or they just make a phone call
and trick some poor slob into revealing a password.
Even though there’s no hacker who knows (or cares) what you bought at the
Piggly Wiggly, it’s wise to think about security when it comes to your e-mail
and personal information. If you work in a corporation, you may be required
by law to keep certain standards of security over the messages you send and
receive.
Outlook has a feature called a Digital ID that helps you keep your secrets
secret, keep your identity secure, and be sure that the messages you get
actually came from the people who seem to have sent them. In most cases, you’ll
need to add some small program to Outlook to enable these advanced
security features, but after you’ve installed these features, you never have to fuss
with them again.
If security is a really big deal to you (as it is to people in the finance,
lawenforcement, and defense industries), you may want to look into the more
sophisticated security systems that are starting to turn up. Several high-tech
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