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Microsoft Outlook patch finally ships

Microsoft's After a three-week delay, Microsoft's Outlook E-mail Security Update is now available for free download for Outlook 98 and Outlook 2000 SR-1 customers at officeupdate.

The upgrade aims to protect users from spreading viruses or worms by blocking access to files which may be deemed too unsafe to open. Once the patch is installed, users will be prompted with a warning dialogue box if and when an outside program attempts to access their Outlook address book or deliver e-mail without intervention.

Microsoft decided to postpone and tweak its original update release because users and security experts expressed concerns over the lack of functionality provided by the initial patch. The new patch allows administrators to choose which types of files can be accessed and how warning boxes are displayed that best fit their deployed server security levels.

Fulfilment still remains a stumbling block for local shoppersAustralian online retailers are lagging behind their overseas counterparts on order fulfilment and tracking technology, according to APT Strategies.

Web-based consumers shopping on Australian Web sites are at a disadvantage due to the cost and difficulty of integrating fulfilment technology with existing IT systems, particularly in small-to-medium companies, according to the APT report.

At the same time, some logistics companies, like UPS, are in a position to invest and offer their systems to customers on a "pay-per-drink" basis.

Canadian e-tailer rides out credit card hoaxA hacker who hijacked the server at a mass e-mailing company last week e-mailed a bogus message to 10,000 customers, warning their credit card numbers had been compromised from the database of Canadian electronics retailer Future Shop.

However, fewer than 50 people actually cancelled their cards, according to Future Shop.

The company managed to stem card cancellations by announcing the breach was a hoax and contacting all major credit card issuers. Some 2500 customers contacted Future Shop to find out what to do while others called their credit card companies.

In fact, the actual database containing credit card information at Future Shop wasn't compromised at all, a spokesperson said.

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