Safe way to read emails..?

  greybeard 23:34 31 Jan 2005

If I receive mail from an unknown sender, or one with no subject line, I always go to file/properties/message source" to read it.
Am I right in thinking this is a safe way to read the mail?
I've got NAV in place, updated continually, and have found this always picks up any nasties coming in, and use this really as a "belt and braces".

  johnnyrocker 23:37 31 Jan 2005

get mailwasher from the downloads section of this site, you can then delete from server before d/loading to your machine.


  greybeard 23:42 31 Jan 2005

Unfortunately, I do get genuine enquiries for my work, even from professional sources, who forget to add a subject line.
Deleting them from the server or from my mail bag ignores the whole point of the enquiry.

  greybeard 08:45 01 Feb 2005

Interesting approach, end, but all I want is an answer to my original question, rather than other ways of doing it.
Thanks anyway.

  greybeard 08:46 01 Feb 2005

Interesting approach, end, but all I want is an answer to my original question, rather than other ways of doing it.
Thanks anyway.

  Andsome 08:51 01 Feb 2005

As far as I am aware, there is no absolute guaranteed safe way to open an e-mail, once it is on your computer. If as suggested, you install Mailwasher, you can read it while it is still on the server, and only download it if you are happy. You CANNOT get a virus from reading it on the server. I believe that this DOES answer your question.

  recap 08:57 01 Feb 2005

Right click the email and select Properties/Details (tab)/Message Source, this will open an email without showing that it has been opened. This works in Outlook Express.

  Stuartli 10:16 01 Feb 2005

If you have Outlook Express you should always have the Preview Pane disabled PERMANENTLY - you can then safely read e-mails and view the messaage source and sender details as described by recap.

There are several other current threads on this subject in the forum at present - it's one that crops up on a regular basis.

  greybeard 19:01 01 Feb 2005

Thanks for for input. As the path that recap has described is essentialy the same as the one I described in my original posting, then I take it that the answer to my original question is "yes".
I'm sorry Acolyte seems to read more in to my postings that were intended, but there you are.

  Stuartli 09:42 02 Feb 2005

The reason for ensuring that the OE Preview Pane is permanently disabled is because otherwise merely clicking once on an e-mail could/can set any nasties into action immediately.

But keeping anti-virus software absolutely up to date also plays a key role..:-)

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