I prefer Eudora to MSware for email for a number of safety reasons:
|Message scripts||Autorun on (pre)view||Ignored|
|MIME-spoofed files||Autorun on (pre)view||Ignored; no link to run|
|Normal attachments||Hidden in mailbox||Created as files|
Now you can risk manage scripts in MSware, and upgrade Internet Explorer to fix the disasterous MIME-spoofing bug - but you can never stop MSware (and most other email applications) from hiding attachments within the mailboxes, where the cannot be found by Find, deleted, virus scanned or cleaned.
Keeping incoming attachments out of the mailboxes has other advantages too:
Eudora also makes management of email data a lot easier. Mailboxes exist as files, and can be renamed and copied between installations directly from Windows Explorer; no special import/export procedures required, and the data works accross all versions of Eudora fropm 3.xx to 5.xx (ever tried going back from Outlook Express 5 to 4?). Mail folders are simply directories with an .FOL extension, so these can be created and populated directly from Windows Explorer as well. Finally, you can access multiple mail data sets from a single Eudora installtion, by specifying the path to the mail data as a command line parameter within the shortcut to Eudora.
(C) Chris Quirke, all rights reserved - December 2002
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