How Thunderbird Protects Your Privacy and Security


Thunderbird does a few things that will immediately put your mind at ease:

  • Thunderbird does not allow any scripts to run by default.

  • Thunderbird's remote image blocking feature allows you to control remote content that is embedded in email messages.

  • Thunderbird's junk mail controls offer a powerful way to filter out unwanted mail.

Why are these things important? Scripts can carry executable files that can cause irreparable damage to your email as well as to your computer. If you save your email locally to your hard drive, there are scripts that can run on your computer that can erase your hard drivethus taking away all your saved mail in one fell swoop. Thunderbird puts you in control by not allowing these scripts to run by default.

Many spammers have now harnessed the power of remote content and are using it to harvest email addresses to propagate more spam. Thunderbird puts you in the driver's seat by allowing you to control who can send you messages and content.

Finally, fighting spam is an almost endless battle. Spammers can bring corporate mail servers to their knees and waste valuable resources. Even server-side spam filters can't catch every piece of spam. When trained, Thunderbird's junk mail controls helps keep your inbox spam-free.

Let's forge ahead and see some of these concepts in action. Pass the ham, and please hold the spam.



    Firefox and Thunderbird Garage (Garage Series)
    Firefox and Thunderbird Garage
    ISBN: 0131870041
    EAN: 2147483647
    Year: 2003
    Pages: 185

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