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Use BCC Field when Addressing Mass Mail PLEASE READ and become a better E-mail user. This information is intended not only to make you a neater "E-mailer" but one that is more considerate and more thoughtful... Your friends will be thankful.

Would you write your friends' phone numbers on the walls of public places? If you answer no, then why would you spread their E-mail addresses to a bunch of strangers, many of whom will in turn forward the same addresses to even more strangers? Don't do it! Instead, use the BCC feature of your E-mail program.

BCC means Blind Carbon Copy. It is a way of addressing mail to more than one person so that everyone's address is not displayed for all to see. Every E-mail program, even free, web-based E-mail services, allow you to address messages using BCC, in other words, to "BCC" one or more recipients. Some require that you provide at least ONE address in the TO: field. If this is the case, place YOUR OWN address in the TO: field and all your recipients' addresses on the BCC field.

WHY:

  • Using BCC protects your recipients' E-mail addresses from being spread to strangers.
  • Using BCC helps prevent SPAM (Unsolicited Commercial E-mail)
  • When using BCC, messages will be easier on your readers because they will be smaller, with fewer addresses on each message. They will even download faster.

    Using BCC shows your consideration of others by not publishing hundreds of your friends' addresses to strangers and potentially, SPAMMERS or maybe even stalkers.



    How to BCC:

  • AOL does not have a dedicated BCC field. To send mail via BCC, place addresses and screen names in the CC field surrounded by parentheses. For example: (billyg@msn.com, SteveCase, lunchmeat@spam.net)

  • Outlook Express: To turn on the BCC field:
    Create a New message and choose View, All Headers.

  • MS-Outlook: To turn on the BCC field
    Create a New message and choose View, BCC.

  • Netscape Messenger: To send via BCC, type the first address, click the To: button on the left of the name and choose BCC from the drop-down list. After pressing ENTER, each subsequent address you type will be Blind Carbon Copied.

  • Lotus Notes - the BCC field is right there. Nothing to "turn on", no hoops to jump through, just use it!

  • Juno Mail - Juno versions earlier than 3.0 do not allow BCC! However with Juno 3.0, the BCC feature exists and works just like AOL. There is no dedicated BCC field. Instead, place alias/nickname, mailing list name, or e-mail address in CC field and surround entire collection in parentheses.

  • Eudora - In addition to BCC, Eudora 5 & 6 have a feature called LCC (LIST CARBON COPY) which allows you to create a sort of "BCC distribution list" with a name that can be included it in the TO field. Here's how to get started:
    1. Open the Addressbook.
    2. Click the New button.
    3. Type a nickname for the mailing list in the Nickname field. (Something short, easy to remember.)
    4. Type the name of the list in the "Full Name" field. (This is what people will see in their To: field when they receive the mail.)
    5. Leave the "First Name" and "Last Name" fields blank.
    6. Below that, there is a Nicknames field. Type the nicknames of all the people you want to be on that list.
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