Computer Solutions

By Dan Grodzuik – Computer Solutions – 242-3404

Do you know how to forward e-mail?

Every time you forward an e-mail, there is information left over from the people that got the message before you? namely their e-mail addresses. As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds, and builds, and builds, and all it takes is for some poor sap to get a virus and his computer can send that virus to every e-mail address that has come across his computer. Or, someone can take all of those addresses and sell them or send junk mail to them in the hopes that you will go to the site and he will make five cents. That?s right, all of that inconvenience over a nickel. How do you stop it?

When you forward an e-mail delete all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message. That?s right, delete them. Highlight them and delete them, backspace them, cut them, whatever it is you know how to do. It only takes a second. Whenever you send an e-mail don?t use the ?To:? or ?Cc:? columns for adding e-mail addresses, use the ?Bcc:? or blind carbon copy column for sending the message. This way the people that you send to only see their own e-mail address. If you don?t see your ?Bcc:? option click on where it says ?To:? and your address list will appear. Highlight the address and choose ?Bcc:? And that?s it… it?s that easy.

Tech Toys

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Computer Help

Question: What is the best way to backup my personal files?

Answer: The simple and cheapest answer is to periodically copy all of your personal files to CD, assuming that you have a CD burner. If you have used the ?My Documents? folder to store everything, then it?s a simple matter to copy the whole folder to CD. The downside to this is that you can go through a lot of CD?s.

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