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Keeping Your Mass Mailing Contacts a Secret is Easy as BCC

Monday, November 15th, 2004 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help

Keeping Your Mass Mailing Contacts a Secret is Easy as BCC

Have you ever gotten something forwarded to you with hundreds of e-mail addresses in the header? Every address on that email may be getting unintentionally passed all over the net. When you forward it to everyone in your address book you risk making every address on that email vulnerabl e to unscrupulous advertisers.

So, do your friends a favor and avoid exposing their addresses to all of cyberspace by sending mass mailings as Blind Carbon Copies (BCC). E-mail privacy is just a few clicks away. Here’s what you do…

When you create or forward an e-mail in Outlook Express you usually click on “To:->” and make selections from your address book. If you look down, you’ll see other options: “Cc:->” and “Bcc->”. Simply highlight the addresses you want to send to and click “Bcc:->”.


When you finish your selections, click OK and you will return to the New Message window where you can type your e-mail. Put your own address in the “To:->” field.

If composing or forwarding an e-mail in Netscape Mail, open your address book in the menu at the top (the icon looks like a plus sign on an index card with a little person standing next to it).


Then, select names from your address book and click “Bcc->” to add the names to your list.


Click OK and you will return to the composition window where you can type your message.

You can also click the arrow in the “To:” field, then Select “Bcc:” and type in the addresses or copy (CTRL+C) and paste (CTRL+V) next to the index card.


With AOL, you can just put the recipient addresses into the “Cc:” field in (parenthesis) for them to be hidden.

Most other web based email clients have a BCC option somewhere.

Put your own address, or a fake one, in the “To->” field and everyone who receives the email will only see that address, and not the other 275 people you sent the message to. You could leave that field blank, but some filters block email with a blank “To” field.

~ David

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