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What is Email Scanning?

October 12, 2023  |  2 min read

Email scanning can only scan emails from accounts that have POP3 and SMTP enabled. With POP3 accounts, the email scanning feature finds and deletes the malicious file even before it is downloaded to your inbox.

In this article, we will be discussing what email scanning is, how it is performed and how to setup it up in Outlook. Let’s dive right in.

What is Email Scanning?

Email scanning is the automated process of looking for common internet dangers in every email transmission. Email scanning also looks for email spoofing, which applies in impersonation attacks, by looking for strange domains, addresses, and other hints. Additionally, it checks attachments and URLs for potential malicious attacks.

How is Email Scanning performed?

Emails coming into the business as well as emails within the organization are routinely scanned for malicious attachments and URLs that seem questionable. The most recent threat information generated is used to block, quarantine, or flag emails that may contain a variety of possible risks.

How to Setup Email Scanning in Outlook

Outlook 2007:

  1. Launch the Outlook 2007 main window.
  2. From the menu bar, choose Service Settings.
  3. The window for options appears.
  4. Click the Email protection tab in the Options window.
  5. Click apply.

To setup email scanning in Outlook 2010 / 2013 / 2016:

  1. Launch Outlook’s main window. Click on the File tab in the top left corner.
  2. Select Options from the menu. Outlook Options appears in a new window.
  3. Choose the Add-Ins category. The right side of the pane displays the settings for Outlook plug-ins.
  4. Select the Add-In Options button.
  5. Click apply.


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