Do you really know how to forward emails??

@savak03 (6693)
United States
January 9, 2009 1:33pm CST
This was sent to me by a dear friend who always forwards emails of jokes and pictures and deep soul searching thoughts. She also sends warnings and tips and suggests that they be forwarded to everyone we know. Since those of us on mylot use computers probably more than most I thought this was important information to share. I have used these tips myself and find that my junk mail decreases considerably when I am careful to always wipe out my tracks, so to speak. Have you ever gotten a virus from an email? Do you find at times that you are suddenly getting more spam from a particular source? Then maybe implementing these ideas will help solve the problem. As the original writer states when she said to pass this on, Let's wipe out spam. "If you operate a COMPUTER", Please read the text below.... Do you really know how to forward e-mails? 50% of us do; 50% do NOT. Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail? Do you hate it? Every time you forward an e-mail there is information left over from the people who got the message before you, namely their e-mail addresses & names. As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds, and builds, and builds, and all it takes is for some poor saint 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. Highlight them and delete them, backspace them, cut them, whatever it is you know how to do. It only takes a second. You MUST click the "Forward" button first and 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. (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. Have you ever gotten an email that is a petition? It states a position and asks you to add your name and address and to forward it to 10 or 15 people or your entire address book. The email can be forwarded on and on and can collect thousands of names and email addr esses. A FACT: The completed petition is actually worth a couple of bucks to a professional spammer because of the wealth of valid names and email addresses contained therein. If you want to support the petition, send it as your own personal letter to the intended recipient. Your position may carry more weight as a personal letter than a laundry list name and email address on a petition. So please, in the future, let's stop the junk mail and the viruses. Finally, here's an idea!!! Let's send this to everyone we know (but strip my address off first). This is something that SHOULD be forwarded. One additional rule: In the subject box always delete the fwd. Hope you find the above info useful and helpful...and let's stamp out spam!!!
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5 responses
• United States
9 Jan 09
That's actually GREAT advice! I usually don't forward e-mails or even read e-mails from names I don't recognize but still that information may come in handy. Thanks for posting it =)
@savak03 (6693)
• United States
9 Jan 09
The danger is usually in the attachments. I learned this from a tech support person who was a dear friend of mine. He never opened attachments on emails so anything I wanted to send him I had to make sure it was in the body of the email and not attached. I don't have a problem opening attachments from people that I know but I don't open attachments on emails that come from strangers and were unsolicited. I probably wouldn't have a problem though because my antivirus program scans each email and attachment before it allows them to open.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
10 Jan 09
Thanks for sharing with us. There are some very good tips here. I get spam emails alot sometimes too.
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@savak03 (6693)
• United States
10 Jan 09
I think we all get spam emails but we are always looking for ways to minimize these. Some of the ones I get are really offensive and I wonder how they got my email address.
• United States
9 Jan 09
The only time I forward is if it is from a friend. And then only if it is a really good forward that they have sent me. I don't open any emails that I don't know who they are from. The information here that you put here is very good advice.
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@savak03 (6693)
• United States
9 Jan 09
In today's electronic age it is wise to be cautious about what we open and what we pass on. I don't know what people get out of attacking strangers' computers but it must be something because they are always doing it.
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
2 Mar 09
Great tips! LOL--I just did my own discussion about this..not AS detailed but I hit some of the basics you did like deleting the names in the forward and using the BCC. Also someone once pointed out to me that email petitions aren't legitimate anyway..for a petition to be worthy and real, one has to personally sign a petition on paper. I started my discussion after a friend of mine's email was hacked and she thinks it was due to those forwards.
@savak03 (6693)
• United States
2 Mar 09
I just commented on your discussion and your friends (she's my friend too) and included the link to this discussion. This is information that needs to be repeated time and time again because people just don't seem to get the message. Thanks for bringing it up again.
• United States
9 Jan 09
Yawn.
@savak03 (6693)
• United States
10 Jan 09
I take it by your comment that you already knew this and don't really care. Just because you know it all doesn't mean that everyone does. Maybe some members would be glad for this information.