Is Outlook Reading Pane A Security Risk?

Is it safe to preview an attachment in Outlook?

The main reason why the preview pane is considered ‘safe’ compared to opening the attachment is the ‘previewer’.

Previewers are plug-ins to Outlook that display a version of the attachment in the preview pane.

They are separate from the main program you’d use to view or edit those documents (like Word or Excel)..

Can I get a virus from previewing a PDF in Outlook?

1 Answer. Yes there have been vulnerabilities regarding the Outlook preview pane. Another one from last year here. The advice was originally not to open attachments contained in emails, but vulnerabilities such as these mean that you can still be vulnerable just by previewing.

How do I fix the reading pane in Outlook?

Turn on, turn off, or move the Reading PaneTo turn off the Reading Pane: On the View tab, in the Layout group, select Reading Pane, and then select Off.To turn on or move the Reading Pane: On the View tab, in the Layout group, select Reading Pane, and then select Right or Bottom.

Does Outlook preview pane count as an open?

Are you referring to the “reading pane”? If so, this absolutely will count as an open if the email is rendered in the reading pane. There is no correlation to Outlook’s “mark read after x seconds” feature.