Proper way to forward e-mails

I already knew some of this but I get a lot
of emails like the ones listed and thought my friends should
see is very good information to know about proper
e-mail procedures!


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% 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,b ackspace 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
automaticall y 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 let ter 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

(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??)