This Expert Rule is an example of how you can tame OE, ok no snickers from the peanut gallery. This example will set up access to your ISP ?s mail servers and newsgroups. (This should work for any mail client or newsreader) <HR>
Expert Rule for Outlook Express
To make managing the various parts of the rule easier start by creating some Groups, the first will be Locations:<DIR><DIR>
1 Go to Firewall panel>Expert tab>Groups button and click on it. You are now at the Group Manager>Locations tab.
2 Click Add, in the Add Location Group boxand give the group a Name and Description so you can quickly know what is inside, NOTE: this name can not be edited later.
3 Click the Add button on this box to start adding the mail servers. Since you should know the name of your mail servers, use the Host/Site option. NOTE: you may have separate mail servers for incoming and outgoing mail.
4 Description field - Fill this in so you will recognize it months/years from now.
5 Host name field - enter your mail servers name, i.e. mailserver @ yourISP . com. Click Lookup, the IP address(s) for that server will appear in the box below the name field. Now click OK.
6 Repeat 3,4, and 5 if you have separate mail servers for incoming and outgoing mail.
7 Once you have entered all of your mail servers you can click OK.
8 For newsgroups repeat steps 1-7 adding all of the news servers you visit/use. NOTE: I have not done this and still have newsgroup access, you will see why later.</DIR></DIR>
Now let ?s add the Protocols used for receiving/sending mail and for newsgroups.<DIR><DIR>
1 Click on the Protocols tab
2 Click Add, in the Add Protocol Group box you give the group a Name and Description so you can quickly know what is inside, NOTE: this name can not be edited later.
3 Click the Add button to start adding the Protocols.
4 Protocol - Select the Protocol from the drop list, this may require you to do some detective work to find which one is correct. Since we are setting up mail/news access TCP is correct.
5 Description - Fill this in so you will recognize it months/years from now. Let ?s use Mail-In.
6 Destination Port - Select POP3, the correct port number will be placed in the box to the right.
7 Source Port - Default Values
8 Click OK
9 Repeat steps 3-8, to add the out going mail protocol.<DIR><DIR>
a Description - Mail-Out
bDestination Port - Select SMTP, again the correct port number will be placed in the box to the right.</DIR></DIR>
10 Click OK in the Add Protocol Group box to finish adding the mail protocols.</DIR></DIR>
To add the news protocol preform steps 1-8 above, selecting NNTP for the Destination Port. This gives OE access to all newsservers. You are now ready to create the Expert Rule for OE.<DIR><DIR>
1 Go to Program Control panel > Programs > find and highlight Outlook Express. Click on the Options button, lower right.<DIR><DIR>
a The default Security tab has the options for enabling Outbound E-mail Protection and Filter Options (the Privacy features of ZAP) I have both of these checked, but that is up to you.</DIR></DIR>
2 Select the Expert Rules tab, and click Add.
3 General section:<DIR><DIR>
a Rank = 1
b Name = again something you will recognize later
c Comments = explain this rule to yourself
d State, Action, and Track = default values, they are pretty much self explanatory.</DIR></DIR>
4 Source - click the Modify button and select My Computer from the Add Location fly out list.
5 Destination - click the Modify button and select Existing Group from the Add Location fly out list.
6 From the Add Location Groups to Rule box check the mail group and any news groups you have created and click OK.
7 Protocol - click the Modify button and select Existing Group from the Add Protocol fly out list.
8 From the Add Protocol Groups to Rule box check the mail and news protocols and click OK. (NOTE: the news protocol is all you need for news server access)
9 Time - with this you control when this rule can either access or be blocked depending on how you set the rule Action in the general section.
10 Click OK, and Apply.</DIR></DIR>
Following the above steps create a rule with Rank = 2, Action = Block, Source = My Computer, Destination = Internet Zone, Protocol = HTTP (you do remember how to set up a protocol), and click OK. This rule will block all internet access from any HTML e-mail you receive. If you receive HTML newsletters of e-mail that you want to see that way create a Location Group (Newsletters) and make the locations in this group as Host/Site, and add this group to the Destination area in your Allow rule. You may have to read a lot of HTML code the find the site name to enter in the Host/Site box. Also you will need to add the HTTP protocol to this rule. This will give only those sites you add to the Newsletters group access to the proper protocol to deliver the pretty pictures and graphics.
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