Look at all the e-mail addresses I got :-)

@dawnald (84075)
Shingle Springs, California
November 7, 2009 9:40pm CST
I get a fair amount of e-mails from people, funny stuff, informative stuff, inspirational stuff, personal messages, etc. Because a lot of us are on each other's lists, sometimes I get them in duplicate. And sometimes I can see who is on other people's lists because they use the CC function instead of BCC. I can even get e-mail addresses of people I really don't WANT to have, such as a certain bully over on Yuwie, because I am friends with at least one person who is tight with the idiot. I started using BCC myself because of a friend who specifically asked me to make sure that people on my list can't see his e-mail address. Something about some confidential government work he is doing or something. But it's a good reason for other reasons, unless you know that all the people you are sending to know each other. Once I picked up a virus when I foolishly opened something from somebody I recognized as a friend of a friend. Somebody could get hold of your e-mail address and use it for malicious purposes if you don't BCC. So, how many e-mail addresses do you have access to that you probably shouldn't? Have you ever recognized somebody and been tempted to reply to them?
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@Hatley (164237)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Nov 09
hi dawnald yes I often use the BCC too if someone asks me to, or if I think this particular email might have some who dont want their addresses known to others. Once I opened an attachement that purported to be from my best friend, like a dunce I only asked her if she had sent me an attachment after the fact.well she had not but an evil person sent me an evil virus that overcame my mcafee virus protection.my son had to link his compute with mine to clean out the virus. I now have the best antivirus on the market and it is free. AVG9.I have a lot of email addresses as I did a lot of genealogy research and picked up people who were working on the same names. one was a real creep who criticized everything I found on one family so I deleted him from my email address book after about so many nasty gibes at me.We may be cousins but the man is still a jerk, and a cousin I have never seen and do not want to see.
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• Canada
8 Nov 09
My 2 cents about genealogy research is that it could 1) reveal a disease that is traceable to some ancestor or 2) someone may have illegitimate children that people don't want revealed. Such research would then be a very touchy subject.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Nov 09
People who send viruses around ought to have fleas infest their armpits!
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@GardenGerty (115259)
• United States
8 Nov 09
Hatley, sometimes cousins stink, Dawnald they can have cockroaches in their cookies, too. Tremendous Machine, a lot of the genealogy I have seen has shown me the source of some family mental health disorders. Physical disorders are there too, but only are helpful, if they are correctly diagnosed. You are right, some people get touchy on some of those subjects.
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@GardenGerty (115259)
• United States
8 Nov 09
When people forward stuff to me that way I sort of avert my eyes so that I do not see all the names.(not really, but would like to) I delete stuff a lot. I do not like getting all these links and feel like it makes me vulnerable, just as you have described. I could get hundreds of addresses, especially from my dad, but I do not choose to.
@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Nov 09
I sometimes look and see "oh how interesting, they see so and so too"...
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Nov 09
oops "they know so and so too"
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@debrakcarey (19923)
• United States
10 Nov 09
Now you've got me wondering.... And I will take your advice....thanks!
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Nov 09
No I wasn't thinking of you. lol
@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Nov 09
yes, but if you change it, how am I going to spy on who your friends are?
@debrakcarey (19923)
• United States
10 Nov 09
You can have my full contact list...it's probably got at least twenty people on it you know. The rest are work buddies or family. The few you don't know are good people. I think?
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
16 Nov 09
Hi Dawn. Yep, I think it is important to use the BCC function when sending out an email to more than one email address at once. One of my family members told me about this (before I learned how to so it). I'm guessing because he didn't want his email address to leak out. He also said another thing we can do is to copy and paste the body of the email into a new email and send it out that way instead of using the forward feature. This way it not only protects the ones that receive it, but the ones that have already been listed on the email as well. I've gotten a few that I wouldn't have otherwise through forwards. Mostly family, I think. Others I just disregard as I don't know who the hell they are anyway! LOL Happy mylotting!
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Nov 09
I had one friend get really snotty with me about it.
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
17 Nov 09
That really sucks.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Nov 09
Older guy, apparently thought I already knew he was keeping his e-mail address private. The weird thing about it is that we had been e-mailing for ages and then suddenly one day he got nasty.
• United States
9 Nov 09
i've never been tempted to reply,but in some cases i found out we had a person in common that i couldn't stand.made me less liable to tell them anything important after that.and thanks to them,they now had my email. i wish people would think before they do the mass forward. it's just rude.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Nov 09
Good point. If I have Mr. stupid bully's e-mail address, he probably has mine too. Yikes...
@debrakcarey (19923)
• United States
10 Nov 09
key word there Dawn...he's STUPID. You're safe. I wish he'd email me....I have a few things left to say to him.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Nov 09
I bet....
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
8 Nov 09
I just use one e-mail addy, it's just easier for me. I do well to keep up w/it, lol. I don't go to other site, mylot is the only one. I try to be careful & i don't open anything from anybody i don't know. I really don't get much of that i guess because i don't venture out much.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Nov 09
I get way too much junk, signed up for too many things...
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
9 Nov 09
I hope u have learned your lesson, young lady, lol.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Nov 09
nope
@mssnow (9493)
• United States
8 Nov 09
I probably have tons and tons . Although people always seem to forward junk to me. You know those things where it says if you don't send this on, you will rot in hades? lol. I don't send them, I am not in hades yet lol. But I do see tons of other peoples email addresses because people either don't know to use BCC or can't figure it out or just can't be bothered. I think someone should send an email saying if you don't forward this BCC within two days you will rot in hades. LOL
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Nov 09
I delete chain mail too. It annoys me. Once in a while I get one with a really good message and I'll forward it after deleting the part about how you'll rot wherever if you don't forward it!
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
9 Nov 09
Now why didn't I think of that??
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@nadooa247 (1096)
• United States
8 Nov 09
I have a friend who sends me pics of her baby.. she also sends the pics to her sisters, friends, etc... now there is this one relative of her's that I know and was reaaaaal tempted to email her =P but self restraint is a good thing lol... i take the habit of using BBC when im sending info to a friend but want to send the same to my sis or bro... since i know it'll be forwarded.. i put THEIR email addys under BBC. It is a good practice to try and get used to.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Nov 09
It is a good idea even if you don't know the people on your list would prefer that you use bcc.
@nadooa247 (1096)
• United States
9 Nov 09
Another thing i do is delete the email addresses of the people that show up in the forwarded email. Well since i have their addresses clearly i know them lol...
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
9 Nov 09
I was forever asking my friends to do the right thing and BCC their emails. A couple of people actually became angry with me and so I asked them to remove me. One has since returned and is doing things right. It's a simple request to keep me safe...and everyone else on your list as well. Once, I was tempted to contact a mutual friend but I didn't. I thought about how I would feel if my privacy was invaded like that and I wouldn't like it.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Nov 09
Once in a while, somebody will use a reply all and then it will come to me. If that happens, then I will say something if I know the person, otherwise not.
• United States
9 Nov 09
I'm a bit confused by what you mean if I have access to email addresses that I probably shouldn't but I have noticed how accounts can be hacked and taken advantage of. I work very closely with Microsoft so I use my own domain with the Hotmail service and I have a friend who had their account hacked. She wasn't even aware her account had been hacked until I had told her that I received a spam Instant Message from her so she immediately logged in and noticed it was hacked. Luckily I worked with the Hotmail team to get her account back to her in a matter of a couple of hours. Email can get very tough but it's very convenient.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Nov 09
What I mean is that you get an e-mail and the person who sent it to you has not used BCC when entering all the e-mail addresses they are sending it to. So you can see the list of e-mail addresses and maybe you know one of the people on it, but you didn't have their e-mail address before.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
8 Nov 09
Yes actually.......I have seen other address of people I kind of know and am tempted to email them....but so far I have resisted....I have alot of email addresses too....sometimes I get tired of all the forwards! LOL
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Nov 09
I usually resist too, but once in a while temptation wins.
8 Nov 09
Hi dawnald, only a few of my friends has my e-mail address and if I get an e-mail that I don't have any clue who they are, I jsut delete it without even opening it. Tamara
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Nov 09
I had one the other day, didn't have the person's e-mail address, but I knew the person...
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
8 Nov 09
I always use the bcc as it makes me mad when my Ady is sent to strangers I really wish that People would use the bcc so that other People are not able to get Addy's from People they do not know
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Nov 09
or even people that they DO know :-)
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
8 Nov 09
I always use BCC and usually insist that others use it with me anytime they are forewarding things. It's a privacy issue and I'm a stickler about it. ~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Nov 09
I didn't use to, but I have gotten in the habit.
• Canada
8 Nov 09
People who forward chain letter type emails with a bunch of addresses will sooner or later learn that it's not proper internet etiquette to forward them. They should be advised to use bcc or just delete out all the extra email addresses. It could be interpreted as an invasion of privacy or the very least it takes up a lot of space on your drives.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Nov 09
I don't forward chain letters at all, just other things that I find funny or inspiring or interesting!
• United States
8 Nov 09
Many people just don't care, but hey' who is doing government work? Now that is something that could be done with personal or private letters, what makes an item personal or private? Suppose a person wanted the others to know who was contacted? Then it would be open and transparent, you can't put a veil over the corruption if everyone knows about it... How else do you put everyone on notice?
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Nov 09
I'm sure the government has me on their list under "smartass" anyway!
• Australia
8 Nov 09
I used to receive a lot of those forwarded to everyone emails and while some of them are very good, I now only receive them from a couple of people. Because of my slow connection and monthly download limit I had to ask most of my friends not to forward them to me, especially if they were over 500KB. Now that I'm not on yuwie which used ENORMOUS amounts of download, I have more download to spare, but when I was on yuwie, my monthly limit ran out in a couple of weeks. I have received emails with dozens of addresses on them, but most emails are deleted once I have answered them. When I email people, I send a single reply. I don't send it to a list. If I want to send the same content to a number, I'll copy and paste. I can't remember ever looking at the names and addresses of ones I have received, but if I noticed someone I knew I might write to them. I wish I had obtained some from some yuwie friends, especially since messages are deleted after 15 days and the ones I want to contact hardly ever check in any more.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Nov 09
Fortunately, I don't seem to have those problems and I get some really neat stuff from people. Some of it seems to be a repeat of something that's been going around for ages, but some of it it really wonderful, pictures and music and videos and so on that I wouldn't have seen otherwise.
@LisaGuo (242)
• China
9 Nov 09
I have three emails,but I use one of them most of time.Sure I receive many emails each day,I'll just reply the emails that I know and delete all other ones.
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• India
8 Nov 09
yes you are true thanks for this post, i really appriciate that threw this post you became successful in communicating to all of to us to be very carefull in putting friends email address.
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@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
10 Nov 09
I rarely use the BCC function. Instead, I use the CC function only to bosses last time whenever I wanna apply leave or something. Nowadays, I just can't be bothered.. . Since everything nowadays is done electronically, it surely raises the bar of online security, and that includes email addresses. Oh yeah, I don't have your email addy yet. Maybe we should do an exchange.
@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Nov 09
maybe we should. :-)
@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
10 Nov 09
Done.. :)=
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Nov 09
did
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