From 2013 - Re-Published today, to bring it back to mind !!!
I have talked about this problem, time and time again, concerning its potential, and its potency. Nitecruzr has written about it - many times. He reminded me again, today, just how serious this challenge is, and how easy it is to fall into the 'pit' of problems associated with email addressing.
Click on where it says 'Add Bcc', then you get the next screen, which allows you to insert addresses in the Bcc...
OK. I suppose I did it when I first heard of email, years ago. I 'grouped' all my friends together and typed one email to them all, thinking how 'techie' I was. At that time, I was, relatively speaking.
There were NO real problems, because there were no DIRTY, ROTTEN, STINKING, LOW-LIFE, HUMAN DETRITUS, SPAMMERS to speak of, or at least they weren't as mechanically equipped as they are today, and there was also, only a fraction of the email volume of today. I can't begin to think of the amount of transmissions which go through Email Servers each and every day, these days. Incredible.
I had an Internet 'friend' who always visited my blogs, leaving comments etc. Then our association grew to the email stage. All was going well until one day, I received an email, which was addressed to over 50 other people - with MY address included! I nearly died on the spot. What a putz! I was peeved and I let him know - in no uncertain terms. You know what he said? - "There's no problem. I have an anti-virus program!" Unbelievable, isn't it? He no longer visits. Oh, well.
I even had a Blog*Star do it to me! You'd think he would know better!
Well, as Euripides said;
"Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish."
Similarly, there's an old idiom which says;
"Some people are like owls - the more light you shine on them, the less they see!"
I prefer; -
"You can send a person to college, but you can't make them think!"
So, what to do?
* If you want to email more than one person, add YOUR address, to what I call the "Address To:" section. In other words, send it to yourself!
* Click on "Bcc" and add all the rest of the names/addresses - or even a group of names. It's safe, here. No-one can see ay other person's address!
Bcc stands for Blind Carbon Copy. It was designed, I believe, for the office memo, so the Boss could send a copy of a memorandum to another person, other than the prime addressee, without the addressee's knowledge! There is also the cc, which does allow others to know who gets a copy, but still lists their address! Don't use it! Only use Bcc!
So, if you don't want to have your email address bandied around the 'net, use the Bcc! - PLEASE!
On ALL my emails, I usually have a signature which states:
SECURITY REQUEST - PLEASE:
Do NOT include my Email Address in any 'Group' Addressing, if it is your normal habit to do so.
Use only Bcc for me! This will help ensure the 'Spammers' don't win! Why?
1) Because someone on your Address List will become 'infected', some time.
2) Because I don't want my address advertised to unknown people, and
3) Because I asked you nicely!
4) If you can't comply with this simple request, then erase my address from your contacts list!