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Keep Your Computer Virus-Free with Use of Blind Carbon Copies

April 08, 2014

A Tip from the Technology Learning Center:

It is good email practice to place large groups of names in a distribution lists in the “Bcc” field, and not to display them in the “To” or “Cc” fields


With large distribution lists in either the “To” or “Cc” field, the sender puts each person on the list in jeopardy should any one person on the list be hacked.  If you wonder why you get all those spoofing or phishing emails, it is likely that your name was hacked from one of the recipients when your name appeared in a long list.


Emails that contain large visible lists of email addresses are a goldmine to the bad guys out there.  If you “Reply to All,” put the names in the Bcc field.  To let everybody know to whom you sent the email, you can say at the beginning “Sent to All Members of the (name) Committee” or “Dear Members of the Book Group” or whatever the group’s name is.


And, of course, there are exceptions to this rule when you want everybody on the distribution to see to whom an email was sent and to be able to interactively reply to all.


Fight getting hacked, spoofed or phished. Use the “Bcc” field to protect your colleagues and friends. 


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