Email: Use plain textSeptember 4, 2009
A workshop article titled 20 steps to a Fort Knox PC in the July 2009 issue of Australian Personal Computer (APC) had this advice listed as #12:
Turn off HTML
Times have changed, but spammer’s haven’t. They’re still very interested in knowing if your address is active, and all they need to gain that knowledge is for you to read an HTML email. This is because HTML allows for the inclusion of remotely stored images.
When accessed from the spammer’s server by rendering an HTML email, he instantly knows that you’ve read his message and your address is active. He can then either spam you again, or as is more likely, sell your address along with millions of others to other fraudsters.
Here’s how you turn off HTML email in Outlook 2003 (the process for Outlook 2007 should be very similar):
- Go to Tools > Options > Preferences tab.
- Click the E-mail Options button.
- Select the Read all standard mail in plain text check box.
- Click OK.
Other settings to consider: