March 31, 2005

Hack me!

Open invitation - I am using Microsoft Outlook 2003. This is an open invitation to you, the Internet populace. I dare you to send me an email message (rgautier@cox.net) that infects my computer with a virus/trojan/malware through my email client. Obviously, I won't be clicking on any attachments...so if you're going to prove that Outlook is such a security risk, you'll have to do it without my help. Prove me wrong - show me why I'm an idiot by using Microsoft Outlook - send me a virus that will execute just by my receiving it. Make it as in-your-face as you want - format my hard drive...go ahead...
Now, if you haven't just sent me that email - SHUT UP about Outlook being an insecure mail client. You are just repeating rhetoric and you don't really understand the issues. Why do I use Outlook? Because I can - safely...and it lets me easily do what I want to programmatically. I like it - it's a nice interface, and it does what I need it to do. And Bob? I didn't mean you buddy.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I use Outlook too - though I won't go so far as to invite viruses. Sould you reccommend some other good email programs out there which are easy to use and as effective as Outlook?

Tanya
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Charlie said...

Ximian Evolution blows Outlook out of the water -- and it's a lot more secure. But whatever.

Rich said...

Ok, I tried to give you the benefit of the doubt...I looked it up on the web. I didn't see any scripting capabilities at all. No VBA, no php, no perl....

blows it out of the water? for who? some corporate weenies who do nothing but read their mail and schedule appointments with each other?

And you mentioned security without sending me an email / hack / formatmyhardrive message.... do I have to spell it out? Outlook, when PROPERLY used and configured, is secure. Prove me wrong and I will gladly praise your name on the Internet. I'll devote pages and pages of posts to you once I get my computer OS re-installed.