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Outlook 2013 email security question


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#1 peiraster

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 06:17 AM

Checking a web based email (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail) with Outlook is as safe as doing it using the web browser (Firefox, etc)? I know that using the browser is safe since the connection is encrypted, but I'm unsure about Outlook. Thanks for your feedback.

 



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#2 barryherne

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 06:34 AM

I think it is safe if you PC has a relaible malware security protection and there is software which can provide full protection for the network e.g. Kaspersky.



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 02:24 PM

For testing, set up your connection from a trusted network (your own encrypted wifi for instance, or your own wired internet connection) and examine the account settings in Outlook (in outlook 2007 you would need to drill into "More Settings" in the account and find the "advanced" tab -I'm not sure where the equivalent is in 2013) - ensure that encryption is used in those settings, both for incoming and outgoing mail servers.

 

As long as that works after enabling encryption, would be safe to use on less secure internet connections. Encryption is probably refered to as SSL for POP3 (You may need to change theport to 995 from 110) and TLS for SMTP. 



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 03:21 PM

You typically have to set your outlook to whatever your email provider uses for security, so that it will transfer the messages correctly to your outlook. So there is no difference in outlook versus web mail when compared to security. You can get a virus just as easy through web mail as you can outlook and etc...


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Posted 07 June 2013 - 03:48 PM

Some providers will accespt encrypted or unencrypted communication (and scarily, the default is often unencrypted). The difference is transmission of sensitive information including credentials over an unencrypted medium (potentially over unencrypted public wifi if you use your laptop out and about).

 

In that case there IS a difference between webmail and more conventional pop/smtp/imap. With web browsing it is understood that if you are doing something sentive - encrypt it (using https / SSL). Unencrypted pop/smtp is often 'accepted' for smtp/pop email to your ISP on your own internet line, as the unencrypted traffic only travels over their ISPs own network (who have access to your messages and passworsd on their pop server anyway). When using a mail provider located deeper into the internet, or over media  that is easier to tsap into (unencrypted wifi), then yo do need to ensure that the traffic is encrypted. 

 

Peiraster, the original poster had a valid question.






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