[unisog] Controlling image loading in outlook

Anderson, Kelly kjanders at umich.edu
Wed Apr 16 22:06:45 GMT 2003

Hi Russell, 

I've done a few things to keep the nasty's away... 

I have a custom hosts file on my machine that blocks all undesired web
sites and URL references in email from even loading - it redirects them
to  I can email a copy of mine to anyone interested.  I got
my original from:  http://www.smartin-designs.com/downloads.htm.  It's
just a pain to distribute.  

I also use the AdAware spyware killer program, which if the email is
html and needs to go to the internet to grab the photo, AdAware will
block some of them.  

Lastly, I've turned off the Auto Preview & Preview Pane in Outlook, so I
need to double click the message to open it.  This way unwanted mail can
be deleted before anyone gets offended.  :)  

Not a very elegant solution, but it works for most.  


Kelly J. Anderson, MCSE            
Windows 2000 Infrastructure, University of Michigan             
United for Peace  http://www.unitedforpeace.org     

-----Original Message-----
From: Russell Fulton [mailto:r.fulton at auckland.ac.nz] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2003 9:31 PM
To: unisog at sans.org
Subject: [unisog] Controlling image loading in outlook

	like every one else on the 'Net we are getting deluged by spam,
we are employing various well known strategies to deal with it but some
inevitably gets through.  

We have had complaints from some clerical staff who 'man' some of the
public aliases that the university supports and are in every spammers
list.  Their main complaint is about the pornographic images that land
on their screens in spite of our best efforts.

Does anyone know if there is a way in outlook to stop links to external
resource (images) being loaded by default.  I use evolution on Linux and
I can have this set up and all I get for most of these mails is a series
of empty outline boxes.  I'd love to move all these people on to Linux
but I can't see it happening soon ;-)  so we are stuck with Outlook.

I've asked this question of several of our windows 'experts' but none of
them have been able to suggest anything. 

Cheers, Russell.  
Russell Fulton, Computer and Network Security Officer
The University of Auckland,  New Zealand

"It aint necessarily so"  - Gershwin

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