Just some good advise

NJ Jess

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This is some good advise. Knowledge is power.




It is an excellent message that ABSOLUTELY applies to ALL of us who send emails. Please read the ideas below, even if you're sure you already follow proper procedures.

Do you really know how to forward emails safely?

SOME DO NOT. Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail? Do you hate it? Every time you forward an email there is information (everyone's name & email address) left over from the people who got the message before you.

As the message gets forwarded along, the list of addresses builds, and builds, and builds - and all it takes is for someone to get a virus. Then his or her computer can send that virus to every email address that has come across his or her computer. Or, someone can take all of those addresses and sell them to those who send junk mail. He sends junk mail to others in the hopes that you will go to the site and he will make five cents for each hit. That's right, your email address eventually ends up in the wrong hands! How do you stop it?

There are several easy steps:

(1) When you forward an email, DELETE all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top). That's right, DELETE them. You MUST click the "Forward" button first and then you will have full editing capabilities for 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. Highlight them and delete them, backspace them, cut them - whatever it is you know how to do. It only takes a second.

(2) Whenever you send an email to more than one person, do NOT use the To: or Cc: fields for adding email addresses. Always use the Bcc: (blind carbon copy) field for listing the email addresses. This way, the people you send to will only see their own email 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" or the sender's email name in the 'To:' field of the people who receive it.

(3) Remove any "FW:" in the subject line. Re-name the subject if you wish or even fix spelling.

(4) *IMPORTANT* ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual email that has the pictures or information you are reading. Ever get those emails 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 so many emails 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 or email 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?)

(6) Don't believe the ones that say the email is being traced and you will receive $$ for each person you forward it to - it just isn't so!

(7) Some of the main culprits are those 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'S NOT GONNA HAPPEN!!!!! (You're probably still seeing some of the same ones you saw years ago!) Don't let the bad luck ones scare you either - trash them! Or if there's something that's funny or good in the email, DELETE the "send to 10 people" or "you'll see something good - or bad - happen in the next so many hours," etc., etc.

(8) Before you forward an 'Amber Alert' or a 'Virus Alert', something about a well-known person, or some of the other ones floating around nowadays, check them out before you forward them. Most are junk emails that have been circling the net for YEARS! Just about everything you receive in an email that is in question can be checked out at www.snopes.com or www.truthorfiction.com. It's really easy to do a search on either website and 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 ALL try to stop the junk mail and the viruses.
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