Do you really know how to forward emails? 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 email there is information left over from the people who got the message before you, namely their email 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 email 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 email, 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 email to more than one person, do NOT use the To: or Cc: fields for adding email addresses. I would prefer it if the other people in your address book don’t see my personal info. and besides, it is no one else’s business who else you’re sending email to. It also leaves your name and email address vulnerable to spammers. So please, if you’re forwarding something to more people than me, please be courteous and use the BCC and keep my name and email address anonymous! Always use the BCC:(blind carbon copy) field for listing ALL the email addresses. 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.

If you prefer, you can add a “Signature” to all your outgoing email! Your signature is something like I have on my email that describes my blog address, and my web page.You can include an image if you like. Copy this one if you so desire, Right click the image and click Save as, file it in your My Pictures folder. Then go to your email provider client, click Help, and search adding a signature. Add the picture above and it will show up on all your outgoing mail automatically!

(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 email 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 many emails just to see what you sent. Also, while you’re in ‘forward’ mode and deleting previous names and addresses, scroll to the end of the message and delete all the ads and anti virus information. Its frustrating to read a joke, then have to scroll down past pages and pages of this stuff to see if there is any more of the message. So, when you forward, delete the junk before AND after the intended message.

(5) Have you ever gotten an email that is a petition? It states a position and asks you to add your name 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. DO NOT put your email address on any petition. 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 addresses on a petition. (And don’t believe the ones that say that the email is being traced; it just ain’t so!)

ACTUAL FACT: Most e-mail petitions are worthless because they do not fully identify the signer by street address, etc. nor does it prove that the signer really signed it. It could be just one person writing all those names on the list…Don’t forward them.

Some of the other emails to delete and not forward are:

a. 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!!!!! I repeat…. IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN!!!!! (No matter how many you send it to or how long you wait…. IT AIN’T GOING TO HAPPEN!!!!!!!! We are still seeing some of the same emails that we waited on 10 years ago!)

b. I don’t let the bad luck ones scare me either, they should get trashed as should the ones that try to guilt you into thinking that if you don’t forward certain emails that you are ashamed of Christ and He will therefore be ashamed of you! Come on….. if you choose to delete and not spread the spam, there is no way that Christ will be ashamed of you, and forwarding it doesn’t automatically get you into heaven!

c. 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 . 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 the viruses.

Also get rid of the advertisements at the bottom of your emails! You pay for your internet why advertise free for them? If they want advertisement let them pay you to use your space!!!!

I hope you find this useful.

Have a Great Day!

Ross Smile

About techmech

Older type, enjoys computer, cruising, photography, fishing, travel, good food and movies

2 responses »

  1. Pat Achen says:

    I remember you had this on the computer when you used to have pictures and stories about our Dreamview Village and I think of it every time I forward something. At least I hope I have.

    • techmech says:

      It’s true Pat, when we have a computer problem, more often than not it is a problem we ourselves caused. We have new people coming on all the time, who repeat history, and that is why I sometimes re-publish an item. Nice you remembered, and thank you. Our old Scuttlebutt is merely a shadow of it’s former self. I would be embarrassed to publish it. But the current editor/publisher seems to think it is OK. As a preacher I met on a cruise once told me, it is about as cold as a bankers heart. I like that, since I have often used a statement that is not used in polite company. The Lutheran preacher fixed that for me.rp

      Please check my Blog: Please check my photo albums on Picasa:

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