Demo: Junk mail and spammers meet their match in Outlook

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Microsoft Office Outlook® 2003 is serious about protecting your privacy — and your Inbox. The new Junk E-mail Filter can block the punches that annoying spammers try to deliver to your Inbox each day. Do you want the filter to be more aggressive or less aggressive? No problem. You control the level of protection the filter provides. And if an important message accidentally gets trapped by the filter, no need to worry, you can rescue it and give its sender a pass to your Inbox.

In addition to the Junk E-mail Filter, Outlook 2003 can also anticipate trouble before it happens. Watch how it prevents pictures on the Internet from downloading within a message and giving too much information away to the sender.

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Outlook 2003 is open, and the pointer clicks the Junk E-mail folder on examples of junk e-mail messages from a travel agent, phone company, and research firm. The pointer clicks on the Inbox, and then clicks a message.

Junk mail or spam as it's often called, used to clutter my Inbox with promises of cheap vacations, discount phone cards, or requests to fill out surveys. Not anymore! The trusty new Junk E-mail Filter along with other privacy features in Outlook 2003, helps keep these distractions out of my Inbox so I can focus on the important messages, like this one from my manager.

The pointer moves to the Mailbox, and then moves down to the Junk E-mail folder. The pointer clicks on each message.

The Junk E-mail Filter monitors incoming messages and like a guard at the door, escorts those messages directly to my Junk E-mail folder where I can review them at my convenience.

The pointer moves to a message. After a right-click, a shortcut menu appears. The pointer moves to Junk E-mail, to Add Sender to Safe Senders List, then to Mark as Not Junk.

If I find a legitimate message there, like this one from my real estate agent, I can add its sender to the Safe Senders List or Mark as Not Junk so future messages from that sender are allowed into my Inbox.

Pointer moves to another junk e-mail message. After a right-click, a shortcut menu appears. On the menu, the pointer moves to Junk E-mail, and then to Add Sender to Blocked Senders List. Still on the menu, the pointer moves to Junk E-mail Options. The Junk E-mail Options dialog box appears, and then the pointer clicks each level of junk mail protection. The dialog box closes.

I can also block messages from senders who repeatedly send me actual junk mail. Hah! I love that part! It's great because I control the level of junk mail protection. So it's up to me to decide what makes it through and what doesn't.

The pointer moves to a message where a picture was blocked. In the message body, the pointer moves to a box that displays in place of a blocked picture. In the box, the following text is displayed: Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet.

Outlook helps protect my privacy in other ways, too. See this box? This was a picture that Outlook blocked automatically to prevent verifying my e-mail address to a junk mail sender.

After a right-click on the box, a shortcut menu appears. The pointer moves to Download Pictures, and then a photograph of a house appears in the message body.

But just like with junk mail, Outlook doesn't try to make final decisions for me. I still have the option to download pictures if they are from a source that I trust.

Outlook 2003 disappears. The animated text Experience Your Own Great Moments appears. Under it appears the static text For more information followed by a URL:

And that's why I trust Outlook 2003. It helps protect my privacy without taking away my control.

UPDATE    Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2003 contains enhancements to the Junk E-mail Options dialog box. For more information, see What's new for Outlook 2003 in Service Pack 1.

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Applies To: Office 2007

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