Q. " I get these virus warnings from my friends
that request that I pass them to everybody I know. Sometimes I
wonder if they are really valid".
A. You are right to wonder. They are
"never valid" and they in themselves are a simple form of
virus. Just think if you only have 50 people in your system and
you send this along to all those people asking them for forward them
to all their 50 friends etc etc. In only 3 hops we are looking
at 125,000 emails being sent that only cause frustration. This
is how the sicko's like to choke the system. Please NEVER
NEVER do it. Yes I am trying to shout to make my point!!!
Q. " I get chain type letters from very good
friends asking me to pass along for luck or love or some other
premise. It seems like it can't hurt to play along "just in
Q." I received a special note re "signs of a stroke".
It made such good sense I felt it was important to pass it along to
all my friends".
A. The same arithmetic works with this type of
junk. It just chokes the system and no Microsoft will not donate
$1.00 or anything else when you pass it along. It is just
another stunt by the sicko's out there who start this junk.
Click here to help you get the picture
as to how much these "special" emails are appreciated.
Please click here whenever
you receive Anything that asks you
to forward it. Here you will be able to do a quick search using the key words in the note
and you will soon discover the details of the hoax. Please let
these things stop at your computer. You can educate the sender
by sending him/her a link to this page and perhaps stopping them from
doing this in the future.
Q. "Our resident Geek keeps harping about using
the BCC field in my email when I am sending notices to a group of
people. What's this about"?
A. To start off with - privacy should be reason
enough. He or she may not want their address broadcast to all
your friends. If you use the BCC field then each person only
sees their own address.
Then there is the email that requests an answer and
somebody always hits the "answer all" button to tell you that "I will be
at the hairdresser that morning but will call you later". The
whole darn list does not care. Please.
Then there is the potential for name harvesting.
Each time your email address is placed on someone else's system it ups
the chances that some scab/hacker/spammer/scum bag will harvest your
name or even use that system as a robot and spread a virus directly
from that system to every email contained there.
Q. " I do not see this BCC place to put these
A. In your email program go to the place where
you actually start a letter or note. On the very top of the page
you should see a few things like file, edit, view, format - etc
Click on view and there should be an option there for
"all headers". Just click on the box and now you should have
both the CC and the BCC fields showing. Any addresses you put
in the BCC box will not show to anyone but the recipient. If the recipient
clicks to reply all it will only come to you!
Q. That's all very nice but what do I put
in the To: box?
A. Lets say you are sending a note to a
bunch of friends about your recent trip. Create a simple
email address to yourself such as Friends and Family using your own
email address as the actual address behind the name.
You put this in the To: box and drop any or all of your friends
and family in the BCC: box. It will look more
professional and will be much safer for all concerned. Play with
it a bit just put your new address in the To: box and your regular
address in the BCC box and see how it all looks and how easy it is.
Q. "There are some neat programs that allow you to create
an invitation to a birthday or special event and then it monitors the
replies. Is there any problem with using these".
A. This comes back to the "free lunch" thing. I go
nuts when I receive one of these invites because it means that my
email address has been given by a "friend" to yet another
advertizing/name grabbing/viral email - web site. Some of these
sites may be legitimate but their main purpose is collecting LIVE
email addresses to use for advertising purposes. NEVER NEVER
share someone else's email address with anyone or any site without
the express permission of the owner.
There is one more pet peeve that needs to be said here!
I am referring to the MF Virus. A friend recently called
it the most constant and most annoying "virus" of all. MF of
course refers to "mindless forwarding" of useless stuff that
somebody just sent you. Please keep it. I don't want it, I
don't need it, I don't care, and I already have enough of my own crap
to deal with. Again remember "ALL" dire warnings are
hoaxes and the rest is just more junk. Please do not be an
MF'er. Your friends will stay your friends that way.
(do I sound cranky?) good
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