Windows Vista's Phishing Filter: A User's Guide: Page 4

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Adjusting the Phishing Filter via Internet Explorer Tools | Phishing Filter

The options available to you are:

Check This Website This establishes a connection to Microsoft’s blacklist to query the URL for the Web site you are presently on. If the Web site is found, you will be alerted that the site is known for phishing.

Turn ON/OFF Automatic Website Checking This option must be set to On to ensure that the Phishing Filter goes beyond the local copy of the Microsoft blacklist. With this setting off, Windows Mail can incorporate filtering only against your local copy of the Microsoft which is updated only on occasion.

Report This Website This is where you can send Microsoft a notification that the Web site you are currently visiting seems suspicious and request that the site be researched. Microsoft does not offer a guarantee of when you can expect to find the site you’ve reported on its list.

Phishing Filter Settings This brings you to Internet Explorer’s traditional Advanced Settings window, where you can toggle Automatic Website Checking on or off or disable the Phishing Filter altogether.

The Advanced Tab of Internet Options for the Phishing Filter

It has taken a great deal of “group” effort for perpetrators of phishing campaigns to become as successful as they have. It stands to reason, then, that the user community will need to meet the effort with as solid a unifying effort to combat their assault. The Microsoft Phishing Filter is a phenomenal tool, but one that is only as good as its updates. Taking the time to enable the feature and the communication is definitely worthwhile.

Although the Phishing Filter offers you little granular control over the application and virtually none via Windows Mail, it is still an incredible tool for securing the e-mail experience for Microsoft Vista users. Now, the security once regulated only to Microsoft’s Hotmail and MSN servers is available for free to Windows Mail users, and this means fewer add-ons, no third-party applications, and a more streamlined experience for all.


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