JUST FOR YOUR INFO.
Someone who is a computer expert received the following directly from a system administrator for a corporate system.
It is an excellent message that ABSOLUTELY applies to ALL of us who send e-mails.
Please read the short letter below, even if you're sure you already
follow proper procedures.
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 sap 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 several easy steps:
(1) When you forward an e-mail, DELETE all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top).
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: fields for adding e-mail addresses. Always use the
BCC:(blind carbon copy) field for listing the e-mail addresses. This is
the way the people you send to will 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.
(3) Remove any "FW :" in the subject line. You can re-name the
subject if you wish or even fix spelling.
(4) ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual e-mail you are
reading. Ever get those e-mails that you have to open 10 pages to read
the one page with the information on it? By Forwarding from the actual
page you wish someone to view, you stop them from having
to open many e-mails just to see what you sent.
(5) 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
addresses. 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 of names and email address on a petition.
(Actually, if you think about it, who's supposed to send the petition in to whatever cause it supports? And don't believe the ones that say that the email is being traced, it just ain't so!)
One of the main ones I hate is the ones that say that something like, "Send this email to 10 people and you'll see something great run across your screen."
Or sometimes they'll just tease you by saying 'something really cute will happen.'
IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!!!!! (Trust me, I'm still seeing some of the same ones that I waited on 10 years ago!)
I don't let the bad luck ones scare me either, they get trashed...
could be why I haven't won the lottery.. except that I haven't bought a ticket anyhow!)...and how could I pass on ""bad luck" to anyone I call a friend.
Before you forward an 'Amber Alert', or a 'Virus Alert', or some of the other ones floating around nowadays, check them out before you forward them.
Most of them are junk mail that's been circling the net for
YEARS! Just about everything you receive in an email that is in
question can be checked out at Snopes or TruthorFiction. Just go to
www.truthorficton.com & It's really easy to find out if it's real or not. If it's not, please don't pass it on.
So please, in the future, let's stop the junk mail and the viruses.
Finally, here's an idea!!! Let's send this on to others (but strip my address off first, please). This is something that SHOULD be
Have a Great Day!