Today we have introduced a further level of protection our anti-virus service. Using our control panel, a third type of protection can be selected that blocks any incoming or outgoing emails containing Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macros. These are typically found in Microsoft Office files such as .doc, .docx, .xls and .xlsx. Macros are small blocks of code embedded in the document to help with automation. However, they can also used as ‘payloads’ for transmitting malware and viruses.

To recap, we now offer three levels of settings: Standard Anti-Virus, Advanced (which includes phishing attack detection) and now Advanced with VBA Macro blocking. To use this new setting, users can select it from the ‘Protection’ section of their mailbox Control Panel.

This new feature is part of our ongoing commitment to improving our services and is provided to all customers at no additional charge.