Friday, February 1, 2008

Best Practice - How to Forward Emails

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 aint 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!!!!!
I don't let the bad luck ones scare me either, they get trashed.

(7) Before you forward a Virus Alert, or some of the other ones floating around nowadays, check them out before you forward d them. Most of them are junk mail that's been circling the net for YEARS!

Source: Internet

OK, i'm done with my 100th post for this blog...just copied from internet...aih, lazy me! Anyway, hopefully by spreading these 'best practices', v r able to minimize the number of spam mails that we received!


amei79 said...

My fren teach me this quite sometime ago, and Im practicing it til now whenever forwarding mails.

I hate the (6) too, so shit! whenever I see this, i delete immediately!

Another kind of mail is that, ask to forward the mails to xxx ppl so yahoo, hotmail, friendster or whatever, so they know that u are using ur a/c actively & a/c wont be discontinue!...WTF (my F = Fool, k? haha)

Nux V said... u r one of those kind people who's minimizing the spams...great, keep it up!
frankly speaking, i have stop forwarding emails nowadays...all mails forwarded to me will end up in my trash!

3POINT8 said...

Haha..I stopped forwarding mails since long long time ago.
My reason used to be lazyness and slow internet connection.
BUt now, i have a legit reason to do so.
1) to prevent spam (as mentioned in ur blog post)
2) Save electricity (yes...when datas pass through data lines, they take a small portion of electricity. May seem negligible, but i like to think that i'm making the world a slighly better place to be in)

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