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Re: Outlook Warning

by jonadab (Parson)
on May 05, 2006 at 14:24 UTC ( #547656=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Outlook Warning

"A program is trying to access e-mail addresses you have stored in Outlook. Do you want to allow this? If this is unexpected, it may be a virus and you should choose No."

Wow, that's a much better error message than I have come to expect from Microsoft. Seems very clear to me. If "this" (i.e., a program trying to access stuff in Outlook) is _unexpected_, then it could be a security problem, and you should not allow it. Although it isn't expressly stated, the inverse seems obvious: if it *is* expected (e.g., because you were *knowingly* trying to have a program access stuff in Outlook, on purpose, using Mail::Outlook or some similar module expressly designed for that purpose), then this is something you *wanted* to do, and so you should allow it.

In other words, if you are the one trying to get your mail, then that's okay. If you weren't trying to (use a program to) get your mail when this message came up, it would mean somebody else was trying to get your mail, probably for nefarious purposes. But since it was something *you* were doing, it's fine. You should be allowed to get your own mail, after all. The warning is to protect you against somebody else (or something else, e.g., a virus) trying to get your mail. But it's not supposed to stop you from getting your own mail, so if that's what's going on, click the Allow button.


Sanity? Oh, yeah, I've got all kinds of sanity. In fact, I've developed whole new kinds of sanity. Why, I've got so much sanity it's driving me crazy.


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Re^2: Outlook Warning
by jimbojones (Friar) on May 05, 2006 at 19:02 UTC

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