THE BCC RANT
by Craig Alan
(extracted from Mental Meanderings -The Newsletter)
One of my biggest pet peeves…
in a nutshell is this, when sending an email message or forwarding a message to multiple people, it annoys the heck out of me when people use CC as opposed to BCC.
So, what’s the difference and why does this bother me? Allow me to enlighten those who are unaware.
Cc is short for Carbon Copy. If you add a recipient’s name to the CC box, a copy of the message is sent to that recipient and to ALL others listed in that box, and ALL of the recipients’ names are visible to all other recipients of that message. Read that again, visible to all other recipients of that message.
Bcc is short for Blind Carbon Copy. If you add a recipient’s name to this box, a copy of the message is sent to that recipient and all others listed, but the recipient’s name is not visible to other recipients of the message.
ALL email clients have both the CC and the BCC option. Whether it is Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Mac or PC. Even the web-based clients like Windows Live, Hotmail, Google, Yahoo, etc. Although sometime you have to search the options of the particular program to allow the BCC option to be visible.
Okay, so why does this bother me? Let’s say that you send me an email or forward me an email and put my address in the CC box along with everyone else that you know. Now, EVERYONE that you have included in the CC, now has my email address, WITHOUT my permission. Likewise I now have theirs. This is not a good thing.
So now if someone else from the CC list forwards that same email onto someone else, that neither you or I know, that person now has both of our email addresses, and everyone else’s as well! That is one way that we all end up getting spam! Eventually our email addresses land in the hands of someone that is not as ethical and upstanding as you and I.
Also, I really don’t need to see who else you are sending it to, especially when some email address can be so telling about the type of bizarre, twisted person that you may be friends with. 😉 I think you catch my drift.
So please when sending an email that is going to multiple recipients, please use the BCC and NOT the CC option in your email client.
….end of rant 🙂