Handling Junk Mail
As mentioned in the section on attachments, one way that computer viruses spread is through email. You should purchase and use an antivirus program to scan and check not only email attachments, but other documents that you share (for instance, via a floppy disk).
Another downside to email is the amount of electronic junk mail (called spam ) that you receive. You can easily get unwanted messages from people and companies. To handle this type of mail, you can block senders and use an antispam program.
Outlook Express enables you to block mail from certain senders. If you receive an email message from someone on your blocked list, it is placed in the Deleted Items folder. The message is in boldface type so that you can find and review the message. If it's not spam, you can undelete it. (Sometimes, messages get tagged as junk mail by
To block a sender, follow these steps:
If you want to unblock a sender, you can remove him or her from your Blocked Senders List. Click Tools, Message Rules, Blocked Senders List. Select the sender and then click Remove. Click OK to close the dialog box.
Using an Antispam Program
Outlook Express's spam features are not that
When it receives messages it thinks are junk mail or that have been flagged as junk mail, Norton AntiSpam places them in a special junk mail folder. You can open this folder and review and delete messages as needed.
If you have an antispam program, follow the specific instructions for turning on and configuring that program. Figure 7.16, for instance, shows the options for turning on Norton AntiSpam. You also can create a blocked sender list (like in Outlook Express), and you can create rules that will find and flag certain messages as spam. To do so, create mail rules from the Spam Rules tab. Figure 7.17 shows the first step in creating a spam mail rule. You enter the text to match and in the
Figure 7.16. Norton AntiSpam offers a range of spam filtering levels.
Figure 7.17. You can tell Norton AntiSpam what phrases to look for in your incoming messages.