Do you ever wonder why you get viruses or junk mail? Could it possibly be because of how you forward e-mails?
Every time you Forward an e-mail, there is information left over from the people who got the messages before you—their e-mail address and name. As the messages are Forwarded along, the list of addresses builds. When some poor guy gets a virus, his computer will send that virus to every e-mail address that has come across his computer.
Instead, do the following:
1. When you Forward an e-mail, delete all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top). You must click the Forward button first and then you will have full editing capabilities with the body and headers of the message.
2. Whenever you send an e-mail to more than one person, do not use the To or Cc fields for adding e-mail addresses. Always use the Bcc (blind carbon copy) field for listing the e-mail addresses. If you don’t see the Bcc option, click on where it says To and your address list will appear. Highlight the address and choose Bcc. When you send using Bcc your message will automatically say ‘Undisclosed
Recipients’ in the To field of the people who receive it.
3. Remove any ‘FW:’ in the subject line. You can also change the Subject if you wish. Just make sure to hit the Save icon. (This is also helpful when you use Bcc to create an extra copy for yourself to save. Eliminating the ‘FW’ will allow you to find the file alphabetically.)
4. Always hit your Forward button from the actual e-mail you are reading.
This is a great way to stop junk mail and viruses.
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