When we send out an EMail to
multiple EMail addresses without hiding them, we're contributing to spam.
How? Those EMail addresses are worth the price of gold to spammers. Especially if your EMail is then
by one or two, three, four of those well-meaning people to THEIR list of
family/friends. Now not only is your list of EMail addresses
showing, but so is the list of those who also used the To:
button to forward your mail on. This tutorial will show you how to
'hide' the recipient EMail addresses by using the
:Bcc (Blind Carbon Copy)
feature in Outlook Express.
Open Outlook Express. If you don't see the
Bcc: option in the "recipeint field", click
View on your menu bar and go to
All Headers ... now you should see the
Bcc: option along with the
To: and Cc:
Rather than clicking the To: button,
click the Bcc: button to add the
addresses for your mass mailing.
A "Select Recipients" window will open. Hold your "control
key" (Ctrl) on your keyboard down and click on all the names in
your address book that you want to send the email to. If you are
sending the email to "everyone" in your address book, click on the first
name in your list, hold your "shift key"
down then click on the last name in the list to select them all.
Once you've selected the list of recipients, click the
Bcc: button in the middle of the window
pane and all the names will appear in the window on the right. Click
You'll notice all the people you selected from the list in your Address
Book, are now listed in the Bcc:
window of your Message Window. Compose your EMail, click
Oh happy days!! You've protected the EMail addresses of your
friends/family from spam harvesters.
BONUS TUTORIAL (Using the
Reply versus the Reply All button)
When someone sends you an EMail with cc's (carbon copies) or
bcc's (blind carbon copies) to a hundred other people, DON'T make the
mistake of replying to the person who sent you the EMail by clicking the
Reply All button. Not only will
the 'sender' get your EMail, but so will every single other person that
received the original EMail. Instead, be sure to click the
Reply button so that ONLY the sender of
the EMail gets your reply.
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