Windows LIVE email and password theft

In light of reduced SPAM as of late, I was somewhat surprised to see phishing and theft attempts as sophisticated as this come through to my inboxes today – at least one in each of my different email addresses, but all came from email accounts of friends on Facebook. I searched the major anti-virus and malware vendors as well as google and twitter and nothing turned up, so maybe I’m just one of the first to be hit.

Use Outlook? Use the Auto-Preview, not the Reading Pane

If you are using Outlook (any version), and you have managed to reset the security level for e-mails, There are two things you need to do to help prevent malicious emails from affecting your computer. The first step is to turn the ‘Reading Pane’ ‘Off’, then turn the ‘Auto-Preview’ on, which will only displays the first three lines of the message, which should be enough to tell if the email is safe to read or simply junk.