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Pet Pev of Mine


Jeanniebean

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This might be very useful information - certainly worth considering - especially if we all did it.

 

Pet Pev - my address is put on a mass mailing for every one of you Tom, Dick, and Harry so called your

friends from your address book and keeps being forwarded from every one of their friends. So

a friend who is a computer expert received the following directly from a system administrator for a corporate system.This resolves the pet pev. 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? Most of us DO NOT know how.

 

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 me ssage before you, namely their e-mail addresses & 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:

 

(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 you know how to to. 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 hit the forward button first you won't have full editing functions. I particularly dislike having to scroll through 200 Email addresses before I get to the email.

 

(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. That way you aren't sharing all those addresses with every Tom, Dick or Harry.

 

(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. These are the ones that often end up having picked up a virus from somebody. This is really important.

 

(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 add resses 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 one supports? And don't believe the ones that say that the email is being traced, it just aint so!)

 

(6) One of the main ones I hate is the ones 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 AINT GONNA HAPPEN!!!!! (Trust me, I'm still seeing some of the same ones that I waited on 10 years ago!) I don't let the bad luck ones scare me either, they get trashed (Could be why I haven't won the lottery?? of course my house hasn't been hit by a plane either.)

 

(7) Before you forward an Amber Alert, or a vacy20 Virus Alert, or some of the other ones 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 http://www.snopes. com/

 

Its 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.

 

In conclusion, next time you want everyone to experience a email joke some one sent you consider others right of privacy.

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Jeannie

I learned a lot from your post. There are many things I did not know. Thank you for posting this and I am going to implement some of what you posted.

Just really good information!

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I do most of the things because I hate getting email with stacks of email addresses on them, I don't like 'Send this email to 10 people and you'll see something great run across your screen.' , etc eother.

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Jeannie

I learned a lot from your post. There are many things I did not know. Thank you for posting this and I am going to implement some of what you posted.

Just really good information!

Stessie, I'm so glad it was informational for you. thank you.

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THANKS JEANNIEBEAN FOR THE INFO, IT MAKES ALOT OF GOOD SENSE. ALSO MANY FOLKS HAVE A VIRUS PROGRAM THAT SCANS INCOMING AND OUT GOING EMAILS TO PROTECT AGAINST VIRUSES. BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY. I DISLIKE THOSE EMAILS, I HAVE NOT RECEIVED GOOD NEWS OR MONEY FROM ANY OF THEM. THE GOD ONES REALLY ANNOY ME TOO, EITHER I BELIEVE OR I DON'T, SO I JUST DELETE MOST OF THOSE TYPE OF EMAILS INSTEAD OF WASTING MY TIME OF EVEN READING THEM.

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Jeannie,

Thanks for the info.

I always got a kick out of the petition ones...thought....Did who ever came up with this actually think people were dumb enough to buy into that signing this would constitute a real petition for anything? DELETE.

Sometimes we all just need to use a little common sense too.

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