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Outlook MessageHeaderAnalyzer and Unsubscribe

Microsoft and other providers have published add-ins that provide additional functionality within Outlook and Outlook for web. We have enabled two add-ins which you may find useful, the Message Header Analyzer and the Unsubscribe Add-on.
To make them available in your Outlook (Win/Mac/Web), you need to log into mail.uvm.edu and go the Manage add-ons option on the Options (gear) menu:
Image of the options menu in OUtlook for web, with the "manage add-ins" item highlighted.
Click the check-box in the Turned on column to make one or both add-ins available in Outlook:

Once this step is complete, the add-ins you have turned on should appear in the message window in your Outlook mail clients for Windows, Mac, and the web. It may take a little while (or maybe a restart of Outlook) before they appear in the Windows and Mac versions.

Outlook add-ins as they appear in Outlook for the Web.

Outlook add-ins as they appear in Outlook for Windows.

The Message Header Analyzer provides a convenient way to view detailed information (metadata) about an email message, including the message routing information.

The Message Header Analyzer in Outlook for Windows.

The Unsubscribe add-in appears when viewing bulk marketing messages, and depending on the content of the message, may unsubscribe your address from the a marketing list or may suggest simply blocking mail from that sender.

The Unsubscribe add-in within Outlook for Windows, suggesting that we block mail from this sender.

We hope that you will find these add-ins useful. Please let us know what you think.

Outlook 2013 at UVM

UPDATE! All UVM email accounts have been migrated to Microsoft Exchange, and so this guide is no longer necessary. Outlook 2013 and 2016 setup is very easy, and all functionality is available.
These instructions describe a configuration for connecting to our old email system via IMAP. For connecting Outlook to UVM’s current mail service, see http://www.uvm.edu/techteam/outlook-2016-for-exchange/.

Changes in Outlook 2013

The most significant change in the new version of Outlook is the support of touch-based interfaces. In Outlook 2010, using your finger to scroll a message resulted in selecting a swath of text, as though clicking and dragging with a mouse. Outlook 2013 addresses this, and adds specific support for touch interaction with adjusted menu spacing and a thumb-based button bar that works really well on Windows tablets.

Outlook 2013 - tablet mode

Outlook 2013 – special features available on touch devices include touch scrolling, and a button bar for the right thumb.

You’ll also notice a much cleaner design, where the faux 3D buttons and look have been simplified and flattened. I find myself selecting the dark gray color scheme to restore some visual variety and separation, though.
One change that’s a little irritating is that you can no longer specify the folder into which copies of your sent messages are received; they go into a folder called Sent Items. Instead, I’ve configured Pine, Webmail, and Thunderbird to use Sent Items, too.
I continue to find Outlook a user-friendly, feature-rich email client, and I’m glad to share these instructions with you. Let’s get started. Continue reading

How to catch a phish

I’ve received several phishing attempts, recently, this time masquerading as mail from Twitter. I thought I’d share how I recognized this as an attack. Many list members already know this stuff, but I thought I’d share since we still see folks responding to these kinds of attacks.
1. Unexpected
Before I even looked at the content of the message, I was suspicious because I don’t have any twitter stuff associated with my UVM email. I could have deleted the message then and, if I was using twitter, logged into my twitter account directly to see if something was going on.
But I wondered how the message was crafted, so I opened it with awareness.
2. False link
A false link is shows a web address in the message, but the link that is attached to it is different. Below, my mail program shows that the link will actually send me to pachitanglangbarcelona.com.
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Outlook 2003 and UVM IMAP

Today, I had a request for some help configuring Outlook 2003 to work with UVM’s IMAP services. Before I started using WordPress for my website, I had written an “unofficial guide” on this exact topic, which I have now pulled back online. I’m not going to rewrite the thing in WordPress, though, so readers will have to deal with bland static pages. Enjoy.

Please note: Microsoft Outlook is not among the recommended email clients supported by ETS. However, I use it regularly to access my UVM email (along with Pine and Thunderbird), and I offer the following instructions to help folks who really want to use Outlook 2003 here at UVM. —Geoff

Using Microsoft Outlook 2003 with UVM’s central email system
In reviewing the guide, I see that I went into a lot of detail about my usual customizations and settings, like adding a Purge button to the toolbar. Nice.
See also: Using Outlook 2007 at UVM

Using Outlook 2007 at UVM

Please note: Microsoft Outlook is not among the recommended email clients supported by ETS. However, I use it regularly to access my UVM email (along with Pine and Thunderbird), and I offer the following instructions to help folks who really want to use Outlook 2007 here at UVM. —Geoff

We’re going to walk through the steps required to configure Outlook 2007 as an email client of the University’s central mail services. Microsoft has improved the IMAP support in Outlook with this latest version, and the configuration is more straight-forward.
Please note that you can click on any screenshot to get a larger (i.e., legible) version. Now let’s dig in.
When we first start Outlook 2007, the Account Configuration wizard will start. “Yes” is selected by default (we do want to configure our email account, don’t we?), so we’ll click next.
screen shot of dialog box
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UVM email in Outlook Mobile

I don’t sync my email with Outlook on my PC. Instead, I use Outlook Mobile on my Treo 700w to connect directly to the University’s mail server. Below, I describe the steps I took to configure IMAP. Please note, however, that this is a limited solution. I only lets me see mail in my Inbox, not other folders. For me, this is adequate.

Update: There is an issue with sending email from Outlook Mobile through an outgoing server that requires authentication. See comments below.

I will add my voice to the chorus, though, in singing the praises of Chatter Email, which I used when I had a Palm OS-based Treo 650. Alas, Chatter is available only for the Palm OS, and the developer has expressed no interest in porting it to Windows Mobile.
Before we begin, an important note.
Security: Give serious consideration to how the information on your Windows Mobile device is protected. If your email is sensitive, what happens if your phone gets lost? The person who finds your phone can read any existing mail on the phone, and if you save your password, can retrieve new mail and send mail impersonating you. Most devices have locking capabilities, and third-party security utilities are available. Learn about them.
Let’s get started. To open the messaging component of Outlook Mobile, select Messaging from the Start Menu.
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