In a household where family members share a computer, it is natural that you might not want others prying into your Outlook Express email account. Thankfully, the designers of Outlook Express were cognizant of that possibility and added a feature---identities---which allows you to password-protect your account and saved messages. Create an identity for yourself in Outlook Express to restrict others from using your account.
Launch Outlook Express. Click the "File" menu, then click "Identities" and "Manage Identities."
Click "Main Identity," then click "Properties."
Click the "Require a password" check box, then type a password twice. Click "OK," then click "Close" to return to the main Outlook Express window.
Close Outlook Express. The password that you selected will now be required in order to Launch Outlook Express and log in to the main identity.
- Adding an identity for yourself in Outlook Express should only be considered a "first line of defense" if your saved messages contain truly sensitive data. It is possible to use third-party programs to extract data from the Outlook Express resource files, which would make it possible for someone who is truly determined to read your email.