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    HTML risks

    What are the risks associated with HTML these days, as opposed to the past? I know the Lounge does not allow it, and traditionally anyone who wanted to play it safe with email was forced to make it text only, but I find it attractive.

    I know little about it, and I am only considering end-user applications, which is to say Outlook 2007, which really does have some impressive bells and whistles.

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    Re: HTML risks

    Unlike earlier versions of Outlook, Outlook 2007 doesn't rely on Internet Explorer to render HTML. It uses a rendering engine based on that for Microsoft Word; supposedly it is less vulnerable to malicious code.

    The greatest danger was and is still posed by links and attachments - as a rule of thumb don't click a link in an e-mail if you don't know where it'll lead you, and don't open an attachment if you're not sure of its provenance.

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    Re: HTML risks

    I am delighted to hear that. It is only as the author of mail that I am contemplating the use of it; the precautions you mention are things I already practice. Thank you for putting my mind at rest.

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    Re: HTML risks

    Try to avoid adding Smart Tags into your HTML messages. These sometimes are inserted in signature blocks, for example. Smart Tags set off security warnings in Outlook 2003 and earlier because they invoke ActiveX controls. This can be unduly alarming to recipients. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
    <hr>Turn Smart Tags on or off for E-mail Messages

    Smart Tags can be saved in an e-mail message so that the recipient can use them. Recipients must view their e-mail messages in Outlook 2002 and Outlook 2003.
    1. <LI>On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the General tab.
      <LI>Click E-mail Options, and then click the General tab.
      <LI>Under HTML options, select or clear the Save smart tags in e-mail check box.
    Note By default, Save smart tags in e-mail is set to Turn on in Word 2007.<hr>
    See Description of the Smart Tags in Word (MSKB 284927) for much more info.

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