Author Topic: HOW TO FORWARD EMAIL APPROPRIATELY  (Read 6039 times)

Alan

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HOW TO FORWARD EMAIL APPROPRIATELY
« on: January 22, 2008, 10:01:51 AM »
IMPORTANT!! HOW TO FORWARD EMAIL APPROPRIATELY
 
 
  A friend 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% 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!)
 
  (6) 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 AINT 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??)
 
  (7) 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!
  J ust about everything you receive in an email that is in question can be
  checked out at Snopes. Just go to http://www.snopes.com/
 
  Its 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 to everyone we know (but strip
  my address off first, please) And send them using the Blind Carbon Copy.
  This is something that SHOULD be forwarded