BCC: it’s an anachronism, but you know it makes sense.

A word to the wise: addressing an email to a list of people who don’t know each other using ‘To:’ (or ‘CC:’) is a mistake, because all of the recipients can see all of the addresses.

When done once in a while, this isn’t a problem. But when used habitually, eventually the list will get to someone who has no qualms about adding these email addresses to the database of people that s/he uses to hawk viagra and other crap.

A simple way of protecting the people on your list from this abuse is to send the message ‘To:’ yourself, and then ‘BCC:’ (‘blind carbon copy’) to the addresses on your list. If you do this, the recipients will only see a single address – yours. All of the other addresses will be completely invisible to each recipient (the email system will have stripped them out before the email arrives).

Another benefit of this is that even if a recipient hits ‘reply all’ there are no addresses (other than yours) to send the reply to. So only you get the ‘take me off this F&*$ing list!’ message.
A kindness, I think.

About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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