Are you using Microsoft Office XP 2002? If so, you'll want to read Paul Thurrott's article about Office XP Service Pack 1 (SP1). He spoke with Office XP Product Manager Nicole von Kaenel about some of the changes and improvements SP1 offers, including the use of suite's error-feedback tool. You can find the story at the URL below.
SP1 also includes all of the previous Office suite security fixes, and future suite updates will depend on this service pack already being installed, so be sure to consider loading it. You can read Paul's original story about the service pack on our WinInfo Web site.
One slick feature of SP1 is its ability to read nonsecure email as plain text. As you'll learn in Microsoft article Q307594, by adjusting an Outlook-related registry key, all nondigitally-signed email and nonencrypted email will appear in plain text whether the message is opened separately or displayed in preview pane. Individual users can use the feature, and administrators can use policies for Outlook 2002 that apply across the enterprise.
On December 4, I wrote a news story about Russ Cooper's NoHTML tool for Outlook 2002 and Outlook 2000 clients. The new functionality in SP1 goes beyond the capability Cooper introduced; however, SP1 contains no such feature for Outlook 2000 clients, so Cooper's tool is a great way to introduce more security into those products. You can find the tool by going to the NTBugtraq Web site.
This week, I learned about a new Java-based packet sniffer and analyzer called Mognet, which is free and comes complete with source code. It runs on handheld devices or on desktops and is available under the GNU general public license.