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Outlook virus myths?

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I am reviewing a security document that has a section regarding needing to stop certain functions because of risk of viruses. Please know that we have antivirus on our spam appliance, Exchange as well as desktops. This is regarding Outlook 2007. I am wondering if anyone has any links to some accurate information regarding the truthfulness of some or all of these. Some may have been in previous versions but I've read in some places that with each new version, the risks get minimized:

The settings in all e-mail applications (such as "Outlook") shall be configured so as to minimize the risk of virus infection.
•      "Preview pane views" must be turned off in all folders. Viruses can be automatically activated when these preview features are in use.
•      The "message handling" feature that automatically opens the next message must be turned off.
•      The "Message Alert" feature that automatically allows you to open a new message upon alert must be disabled.
Paul MacDonald
Director, Information Systems

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