This ABSOLUTELY applies to ALL of us who send e-mails.
Please read the following, even if you’re sure you already follow proper procedures.
Pass it on to anyone who sends you a “forwarded” email.
Do you really know how to forward e-mails?
If not done caringly you could be responsible for spreading viruses or junk mail among your friends. 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 and names.
As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds, and builds, and builds, and all it takes is for somebody to get a virus, and his or her computer can send that virus to every E-mail address that has come across the 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 they will get paid for each hit.
How do you stop it? Well, there are several easy steps.
Try the following if you haven’t done it before:
(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: fields for adding e-mail addresses. Always use the BCC: (blind carbon copy) field for listing the e-mail addresses. This 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.
This is because you sometimes get 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 that you wish someone to view, you stop them from having to open many e-mails just to see what you sent.
(5) We have all received an email that is a petition!
It usually asks you to add your name and address and to forward it to 10 or 15 people or your entire address book. If you do this, the email can be forwarded on and on and can collect thousands of names and email addresses. A FACT: The completed petition is invaluable 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 addresses 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!)
If you still believe in Father Christmas and Fairies then you’ll believe the email that promises that… “if you Send this email to 10 people 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!
Don’t let the bad luck ones scare you either, they should be deleted.
Before you forward a ‘Virus Alert’, or some of the other emails 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 Hoaxslayer.
It’s really easy to find out if it’s real or not.
If it’s not, please don’t pass it on.