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Outlook Preview pane - Dangerous or not ?

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by Devious, 26 Jul 2006.

  1. Devious


    Joined: 29 Dec 2003

    Posts: 3,844

    Location: UK

    Ive always thought the preview pane on outlook was potentially unsafe as some some email scripts can execute just by viewing the text and at work years ago we were told to turn it off.

    At work, a different company we now use for our I.T has now come round and turned it on again. I mentioned i thought it was unsafe and they said as long as we dont double click to open the message or open the attachment then its safe. They say its only a problem on outlook express.

    I dont like it anyway so have tunred mine off again but everyone else has it on now.
    We are using office XP at work and a mix of windows XP and 2000.

    Googling aorund there are sites which say its unsafe but they dont say what version of outlook.

    Does anyone know for sure if this a problem or not?
    Last edited: 26 Jul 2006
  2. Freakish_05


    Joined: 1 May 2006

    Posts: 810

    Location: Bristol, UK

    I feel the same way and have mine turned off all the time, at work and at home. Not just because of potential security issues, but because I just plainly don't like it.

    Not sure if there is any truth behind the claims that it is unsafe but imo its better to be safe than to be sorry.
  3. Devious


    Joined: 29 Dec 2003

    Posts: 3,844

    Location: UK

    Anyone know for sure ?
  4. FrankJH


    Joined: 6 Jun 2005

    Posts: 22,512

    I have only ever had this problem associated with Express

    I have always used preview in Outlook "pro" without any problems