Setting Security Options

Before you begin using Windows Live Mail, you should open the menu (click the dropdown arrow on the menu button, directly to the left of the Help button), choose Safety Options, and then click the Security tab to review your security settings . Make sure that the following options are selected:

• Restricted Sites Zone (More Secure)

• Warn Me When Other Applications Try To Send Mail As Me Both are selected by default, but it's a good idea to check anyway.

Windows Live Mail shares the settings for the two most restrictive security zones available in Internet Explorer—the Internet zone and the Restricted Sites zone. By setting Windows Live Mail to follow the security restrictions observed in the Restricted Sites zone, you get the maximum protection that you have set for this zone in Internet Explorer. This setting goes a long way toward warding off potential viruses and Trojan horses . If something does make it past your defenses, the Warn Me option will provide protection against viruses that replicate themselves by trying to hijack Windows Live Mail and its mail-sending capabilities.

It's worth noting that ActiveX controls and scripts are always disabled in Windows Live Mail, even if you've enabled them in the corresponding security zone for Internet Explorer. Also, the Warn Me capability is useless against modern viruses and worms that incorporate their own SMTP server to send infected messages without getting involved with Windows Live Mail

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