BCC, your old friend

Have you ever receive an email with hundreds of email that it sent to you and many more people, people that you might or might not know them? You also might do the same and send an email to several people. To the user this might NOT be a problem, however, to the bad guys it is a chance for spamming. Have a look at this scenario:

I am sending following email:

 

From: me@…

To: friend1@…., friend2@…, friend3@…, friend4@….

Subject: Hi

Message:

Hi everyone,

This is a test mail.

 

What I mean by me@…, friend1@…, is the email address that I am going to send an email, it could be @hotmail, @yahoo, @msn.com , @aol.com and such these things. Message is not important I just put it as example. Now here is the problem, I know friend1, friend2, frined3, friend4, but friend1 and friend2, friend3, friend4 are NOT know each other means that they don’t have email from each others. When I send email this way, then all friends (friend1, friend2, frined3, friend4) will find out email address from each other. The problem is that email address of people that they do NOT know each others will reveal.

In order to prevent these kinds of problem you could use something called BCC. BCC stands for blind carbon copy; it is inside almost all of email client and webmail. In order to prevent these kinds of problem you should use BCC. In email’s BCC, then you type email address of receivers and when you send email then the other emails will be hidden for example if you type email in BCC instead of To or CC (carbon copy), then email will show your email address and your friend’s (e.g. friend1@….) email address and NOT your friends email address to all (friend1@…., friend2@…, friend3@…, friend4@….). This would hide email address of your friends that will NOT know each other and preserve more privacy for them. In order to make it clearer have a look at following example, in this example you will see that what receivers (in this case friend) will see.

From: me@…

Receiver: friend1@…., friend2@…, friend3@…, friend4@….

Subject: Hi

Message:

Hi everyone,

This is a test mail.

(Message sent using To or CC)

 

From: me@…

Receiver: friend1@…. (friend2@…, friend3@…, friend4@…. are hidden and not viewable by friend1)

Subject: Hi

Message:

Hi everyone,

This is a test mail.

(Message sent using BCC and friend1@… received it, in this case friend2@…, friend3@…, friend4@…. are hidden and not viewable by friend1)

 

CC and To are similar in a way that both shows address of all receivers.  In BCC will add all email addresses (friend1@…., friend2@…, friend3@…, friend4@….) but each receivers , will only sees its own email address and the rest will hidden. This would help to protect privacy of each receiver that you will send a message to many people but they won’t see that message sent to whom other than themselves. Message will send to all but each receiver will view its own email and NOT the others. It will preserve more security and privacy and reduce chances of spamming. BCC option might NOT viewed in compose or new mail ,which you are writing you message and in this case you should chose show BCC , depend of your webmail or client mail , you should see how to enable BCC. One of common scenario of using BCC is when you send invitation or interesting email to all of your friends, instead of use CC and To , you should use BCC, because they might be some people in your contact list that you might NOT want the others know their email address. In the large organization and enterprise user also consider to use RMS (right management service), that you could apply certain policy such as chose email policy regarding to receivers and also apply policy that to whom email allowed to be forwarded.

 

 

 

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