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How To Protect Your Email Inbox From Spamming

Forwarded emails containing a joke, motivational story, a recent update on a natural calamity or a warning about the recent hoax has become quite a common practice these days. I’m sure; many of you might have received a bulk of emails like these.
But, before clicking on the links attached in those emails, how many of you tried to check the number count of all the emails carbon copied in them? Have you ever noticed the fact the all of the other recipients of those emails are anonymous to you?

This is very important to verify not only the sender of received emails but all the other recipients in the forwarded emails should be given attention to.

Email Spam
Email Spam

So what’s the deal in writing this article? Continue reading this article and you’ll find out something not every one of you might have known before.

Do you know that most of the email clients provide you the facility to send bulk emails without letting the individual recipient aware of the presence of multiple recipients in those emails? That’s right; there are two ways to send email to more than one recipient.

a)      ‘To’ or ‘CC’ field lets every recipient see everybody else’s email IDs

b)      ‘BCC’ field hides the email addresses of all the recipients in an email

So, what’s the point?  The point here is to hide your identity to become a spamming victim.

When you send an email to more than one person, not using the BCC field discloses the recipients’ email address to all the other people which, as a result, can slip the email addresses into the spammer’s hands.

Let’s give you an example!  You send an email to 20 of your friends to whom all the email addresses are clearly shown. Those friends of yours find the email interesting and forward it to twenty of their friends. Now, consider the practical implication of this email forwarding. If you multiply all the recipients, that will make a total of 400 people now having yours and your friend’s email addresses.

Your email address, now lose in public, can go into a spammer’s list and there is a fat chance that you’ll start receiving emails from unknown senders the next day of the incident.

Here is what you can do to avoid going into a spammer’s list. BCC field is not added in an email header, by default. To make use of this feature, you need to navigate to the mail header option of your mail client. As soon as you enable this field, you will see it just below the CC field of the email header.

Use the TO field only when you want the intended recipient to know about other recipients too. If you don’t want this, just put all the addresses in the BCC field and protect everyone from email address harvesting program used by spammers. These programs are capable of scanning email messages that are sent to multiple recipients.

Protect yours and your folks’ email addresses from receiving junk and spam emails and take a step forward in spreading the good word- send this article to your friends and aware them about the sensible use of BCC field.

Stay Safe..!!

About Jennifer Garcia

Jennifer Garcia is an Information Security Analyst and Writer at NewSoftwares. You can contact her at jennifer.garcia@newsoftwares.net or follow her on Twitter

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