Most email applications today are configured with default security settings that disable "ActiveX" content, which includes Flash animations such as the one that is a part of the email you have just received. If you wish to change your email security settings so that you are able to view this kind of content right in your email messages, the following information will explain how to do that for the most popular email applications in use today.

Pleae bear in mind that, while making these kinds of changes do not typically present a security risk for most people, you will be changing your settings in a way that COULD expose you to greater risk, so you may want to consult with your IT Dept. before making such a change. If you don't find your email application below, the instructions given should still give a good starting point for working with your particular program - just look for some combination of options/preferences menus and security tabs to find the area where you can make the necessary changes.

Outlook

There are two options to change your security settings in Microsoft Outlook.

The first option is to set Outlook as an "Internet Zone" instead of a "Restricted Zone" similar to Outlook Experess.

  1. Go to the Tools menu Select Options Click on the Security tab Under Secure Content, choose "Internet"
  2. Press OK

The second method is to change your Internet settings by customizing the "Zone Settings."

  1. Go to the Tools menu Select Options Click on the Security tab Under Secure Content, click Zone Settings... Press OK Click Custom Level... Select Enable or Prompt for all Active X, Java, and Scripting options (if you click Prompt, you will have the option of deciding whether the sender of a particular email is trustworthy enough before downloading the Flash or other active content). If Internet Explorer uses the restricted zone, these settings will apply to it as well.
  2. Press OK, Yes, OK, OK

It is possible that disabling Active X, Java, and Scripting options in your Microsoft Outlook e-mail client will cause certain e-mails not to open properly. As some non-malicious e-mails may be sent with these options enabled you will need to use discretion when disabling these items.


Outlook Express

Similar to Outlook, there are two options to change your security settings in Outlook Express.

One way is to make Outlook Express an "Internet Zone" instead of a "Restricted Zone".

  1. Go to the Tools menu Select Options Click on the Security tab Under Security Zones, choose "Internet Zone"
  2. Press OK

The second way is by changing your Internet settings. This is done by disabling Java and Active X.

  1. Go to the Tools menu Select Options Click on the Connection tab Under Internet Connection Settings, press the Change button. This will take you to Windows Internet settings. Click on the Security tab Select the Internet icon Under Security Level for This Zone, press the Custom Level button Select Enable or Prompt for all Active X, Java, and Scripting options (if you click Prompt, you will have the option of deciding whether the sender of a particular email is trustworthy enough before downloading the Flash or other active content). If Internet Explorer uses the restricted zone, these settings will apply to it as well.
  2. Press OK, Yes, OK, OK


Netscape or Mozilla Mail

There a couple of ways to change your Netscape Mail client settings.

The first is to change some settings in the Privacy & Security menu.

  1. Go to the Edit menu Select Preferences... Click on the plus sign or the triangle next to Privacy and Security to expand this menu On the Cookies screen you can elect to Enable cookies in Mail & Newsgroups (Enable All Cookies in Mozilla) On the Images screen you can select the option Load images in Mail & Newsgroup messages (Load any images in Mozilla)
  2. After you have finished making your selections click OK

The second way to secure Netscape Mail is by disabling Scripts and Plugins.

  1. Go to the Edit menu Select Preferences... Click on the Plus sign or the triangle next to Advance Select the Scripts & Plugins menu You may elect to enable JavaScript in your e-mails by selecting the Mail & Newsgroups box in the Enable JavaScript section You may elect to enable Plugins in your e-mails by selecting the Mail & Newsgroups box in the Enable Plugins section
  2. Once you have finished making your selections click OK

For more information on changing internet security settings on a Windows machine using Internet Explorer, click here:
http://netsecurity.about.com/cs/tutorials/ht/ht020203.htm