Words To Live By.
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 and 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.
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 (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'tclick on "Forward" first, you won't be able to edit the message at
(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
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
Some of the other emails I hate include:
1. The one that says 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 emails that I waited on 10 years ago!)
2. I don't let the bad luck ones scare me either, they
get trashed. (This could be why I haven't won the lottery......)
3. Before you forward an 'Amber Alert', or 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. Just go to www.snopes.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
Finally, here's an idea!!! Let's send this to everyone
we know (but strip my address off first, please). This is something
that SHOULD be forwarded, so do it. Amen!
Thanks Margaret W.
I believe we put this one up before but it's a good reminder