Without any fanfare, Microsoft recently released its Office 2003 SP2 patch — and hidden deep within is a very useful anti-phishing feature.
The service pack has the usual assortment of bug and security fixes. But it’s the anti-phishing feature that’s the biggest news. With it, by default, when you’re hit by a phishing attack, Outlook disables all the links in the offending email, so that you won’t be able to head to the spoofing Web site. You’ll also get a warning that the email may be a spoof. If Outlook incorrectly called it a phishing attack, you can turn the links back on.
If, for some reason, you don’t want this protection, you can turn off the feature. Choose Tools–>Options–>Junk Email, uncheck the box at the bottom of the screen that begins “Don’t turn on links in messages that might connect to unsafe or fraudulent sites,” then click OK.
Kudos should go to Microsoft on this one; it’s badly needed protection, and something that other email programs should emulate.
What do you think of the Office 2003 SP2 patch?