A More Elegant Approach to Blind Carbon Copying
In other spam-control tips I discussed the wisdom of trimming
before forwarding and using blind carbon copy
to reduce spam.
When you send an email to all
recipients using BCC, they will see a message such as "Undisclosed Recipient" displayed in the "To:" field. This might seem a little impersonal and you might prefer that a more appropriate message be displayed.
Here's a way around the problem. These instructions are specifically for Outlook Express but they should be applicable to just about any email client. This method will also be helpful if your email client insists that you have at least one valid email address in the "To:" field.
- Open the address book and create a new contact.
- In the Name field, enter something like "All My Friends:"
- In the email address field enter your email address.
- Click OK to save the new address.
Now when you want to forward an email to a number of
- Click the forward button and use the new "All My Friends"
address as the main forwarding address.
- Add the addresses of your friends to the "Bcc:" field and
send when ready.
When your friends receive the email, they will see something
Thus your friends will know that you have sent the email to a
number of people but have taken steps to hide their email
address from other recipients. Of course this method means
that you will receive a copy of the email you sent as well but
this should be a small price to pay in exchange for reducing
spam and protecting the privacy of your friends.
Write-up by Brett M. Christensen