A friend sent me this recently and I thought it is particularly applicable for people in recovery who value their anonymity. I subscribe to several internet recovery chat groups and from time to time there occurs ‘spamming’ of e-mail addresses.
However, this message applies to all of us who send e-mails to anyone.
Do you really know how to safely forward e-mails? Some of us do; some do not.
Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail? Every time you forward an e-mail there is information left over from the people who got the message before you, and those who sent you the message; namely their e-mail addresses & names. As the message gets forwarded along, the list of addresses builds, and builds, and builds, and all it takes is for someone down the road to get a virus, and his or her computer can send that virus to every e-mail address that has come across his computer.
Or, someone can take all of those addresses and sell them or send junk mail to them in the hopes that you will go to the site and he will make five cents for each hit. That’s right, all of that inconvenience over a nickel!
How do you stop it? Well, there are two easy steps:
1) When you forward an e-mail, delete all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message. That’s right, delete them.
You must click the "Forward" button first, then you will have full editing capabilities against the body and headers of the message. If you don’t click on "Forward" first, you won’t be able to edit the message at all.
Highlight all of the other addresses and delete them, backspace them, cut them, whatever it is you know how to do.
2) Whenever you send an e-mail to more than one person, do not use the “To:” or “Cc:” columns for adding e-mail address.
Always use the “BCC:” (blind carbon copy) column for listing the e-mail addresses. This is the way that people you send to only see their own e-mail address.
If you don’t see your BCC: option click on where it says “To;” and your address list will appear. Highlight the address and choose BCC: and that’s it, it’s that easy.
When you send to BCC: your message will automatically say "Undisclosed Recipients" in the "TO:" field of the people who receive it.
So please, in the future, let’s help stop the breaks of anonymity, junk mail and the viruses!