April 02, 2001, 11:44 AM — In a recent column you said network managers should "encourage (or force) users to disable the preview panes" in their e-mail clients. Can you explain why this is important?
The National Infrastructure Protection Center's "Microsoft E-mail and Script Vulnerabilities" assessment provides an overview. Microsoft's e-mail security page has links to tools that protect you from Outlook e-mail attachment viruses. Finally, this message describes how last year's Life_Stages.txt.shs virus compromised your system by the time it displayed the included text file.
The trade-off is between security and convenience.
As a network architect at Change at Work in Houston, Blass understands the strain of developing and managing intranets. Send your problems to firstname.lastname@example.org