These are the security-related
settings for Outlook Express.
To get to these settings from Outlook Express simply click on "Tools"
then "Options" then the appropriate Tab (top).
The four images to the right are what you want to achieve - see each cell.
You may also want to move the 'Store Folder' under the 'Maintenance' Tab
so that it easier to back-up BUT (contrarily) ONLY DO THIS JUST AFTER
DOING A FULL BACKUP of your e-mails or when you first set-up your PC.
If you only want to make changes incrementally then by far the
most important is the 'Restricted sites Zone' on the very last
screenshot, the second most important is
the 'Block external images & content in HTML e-mail'.
NEITHER OF THOSE CHANGES SHOULD CAUSE ANY PROBLEMS FOR LEGITIMATE MAIL
and they are easily 'reversable'.
Please not that WINDOWS 98 DOES NOT SUPPORT THE 'Block' OPTION and
so the only safe way to handle e-mail, especially on a Spammy account
is to have the harsher setting of 'Read all mail in plain text' - see
the top right (Read Tab) screen shot.
Don't auto-login to Messenger or download e-mails while you may be absent
Read all messages in plain text - ONLY IF ON Win98 or you choose
not to take the "Block images and other external content in HTML e-mail"
option under Security - see below.
Don't add people to your address book automatically
Take the more secure (zone - see above) options, warn you of applications
trying to send out e-mails as you, stop attachments being opened*** and
"Block images and other external content in HTML e-mail" - XP+ only.