Junk e-mail or spam e-mail is a regular problem for almost anyone with an e-mail account. While most junk e-mail is merely annoying, e-mail can also be used to fool you into revealing personal or secure information, a process known as "phishing." Microsoft Outlook's junk e-mail filter scans each incoming piece of mail and puts junk e-mail in a "Junk Email" folder. It also disables clickable URL links in those e-mails so that you don't accidentally click one and wind up on a phishing web site.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Open Microsoft Outlook. Click the "Home" tab.
Click "Junk" in the "Delete" pane of the Ribbon interface. Click "Junk Email Options."
Click the "Options" tab. Clear the "Disable Links and Other Functionality in Phishing Messages" check box. Click "OK."
Tips and warnings
- You can leave links in phishing e-mail disabled for security and still enable links on a per-message basis. Open an e-mail with a link in the "Junk Email" folder, and click "Enable Links and Other Functionality (Not Recommended)."
- You should always check the links in an e-mail before clicking it. Move the mouse cursor over the link text in the e-mail, and confirm that the displayed URL matches the URL in the e-mail.
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