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How to Protect Your Email in Outlook Express with a Password

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I want my emails to be read, but I don't want everybody to read my emails. With email one of the media most easily ignored, the former is a bit of luck. At least Outlook Express provides a simple and mild, but not entirely ineffective method to prevent others from accessing the emails stored in my folders.

If you protect your Outlook Express identity with a password, this does not guarantee that a determined snooper won't be able to take a look at your Inbox, but it will deter and lock out passers-by and lookers-on. To really protect your emails, make sure you have a good Windows password and your Outlook Express store folder encrypted if you use Windows 2000 or later.

Protect Your Email in Outlook Express with a Password

To protect your email in Outlook Express with a password:

  • Select File | Identities | Manage Identities from the menu.
  • Highlight your identity.
  • Click Properties.
  • Make sure Require a password is checked.
  • Type the desired password under New Password and Confirm New Password.
  • Click OK.
  • Click OK again.
  • Finally, select Close.

Remove an Outlook Express Identity Password

To remove the password you have set for an identity in Outlook Express:

  • Select File | Identities | Manage Identities from the menu.
  • Highlight the desired identity.
  • Click Properties.
  • Make sure Require a password is not checked.
  • Click OK.
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