3-May-00 - ILOVEYOU Worm rips through the world's Windows computer systems.
Lots of details at
Outlook equates to neglecting fiduciary duty? Harsh words, but true. Microsoft Outlook may be a mail client, but it is also the biggest security hole a hacker could hope for, because it links seamlessly with Word and Excel. To use a favorite Microsoft expression, "This behavior is by design". Recovering from an attack can be rather expensive, especially in lost business, as are the measures you must take in your continuous attempts to stave off such attacks.
By design? Yes. The features that allow a new virus to shut down you entire email system within minutes, and which may compromise or disable your workstations, are possible because of the tight integration Microsoft builds into all their products. There are no security layers between applications because this might make them less "easy to use". The tight integration also, incidentally, locks out all competitors.
Automation Access recommends PMMail (OS/2 and Windows). While it is far more powerful than Outlook, we don't expect many of you to use it because it has three "flaws".
Of course, if you use PMMail, but still use Word and/or Excel, your workstation's still going to get clobbered, but the virus won't spread over the company network.
OK, since you're going to continue using Outlook, Word and Excel, because you "have no choice", here's what to do to protect yourself.
For more, check out this article, and particularly the commentary that follows it.
Fortunately the fast moving email viruses we have experienced to date have not been particularly destructive. Be aware, this is only temporary.
- Automation Access
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