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Offline greyowl

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Mail Shield and settings
« on: November 11, 2014, 03:36:45 PM »
I use dial up internet, XP, and an older laptop so I am trying to reduce the use of bandwidth and CPU processing.

I only use web based email, eg gmail and yahoo mail so do I need to use the Mail Shield?

I only have one computer so do I need the home network option enabled?

Are there any other options that I could exclude without sacrificing security?

Thank you for the help.
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Re: Mail Shield and settings
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2014, 04:04:34 PM »
The Mail Shield isn't going to be using bandwidth or resources if you aren't using normal email, e.g. you are using webmail, viewed through your browser as the Web Shield would be monitoring that.

I would not only recommend that you leave the Mail Shield installed, but that you increase its Sensitivity to High Heuristics. The Mail Shield could give you the first indication of a hidden or undetected spambot on your system.

Many of the settings that you mention will be dormant (not using resources) if there isn't any activity that it is monitoring.

That would also be correct if you aren't using Home Network, whilst I have two computers they aren't networked so I don't have the Home Network option installed.
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Re: Mail Shield and settings
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2014, 08:13:38 PM »
Thank you for the advice and help.
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Re: Mail Shield and settings
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2014, 08:16:37 PM »
You're welcome.
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