Disabling Links in E-mail Clients

With all of the (justifiable) paranoia surrounding digital security and phishing, I decided to fix my e-mail clients so that I can't click on any links inside of the e-mail.  I've inadvertently clicked on links in e-mails, so I decided to fix the human element.

For Thunderbird, the network.protocol-handler.external-default config needs to be set to false.  This is done by accessing the Config Editor in the software [1].

For Microsoft Outlook, open Registry Editor on Windows and rename the command key to something else [2]: 

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
SOFTWARE
Classes
htmlfile
shell
open
command

References
[1] https://askubuntu.com/questions/816609/how-can-i-disable-links-in-thunderbird
[2] https://www.datanumen.com/blogs/2-tips-disable-hyperlinks-outlook-emails/

 

 

 

This article was updated on August 18, 2020

Dr. Nicholas J. Kinar

Dr. Nicholas J. Kinar is a hydrologist and researcher at the University of Saskatchewan. This is a blog of ideas, techniques and things that Nicholas perceives as unsophisticated knowledge in the Homeland of the Métis / Treaty 6 Territory / Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada / Earth. His full name is Nicholas John Stanislaus Kinar. This blog of unsophisticated knowledge is intended to document some information that Nicholas finds useful. However, he does not mind if other people might find this information to be useful as well.