Call me paranoid if you like, but from time to time I wonder whether emails that have been sent to me might have also been sent to other people using the BCC or “blind carbon copy” function. Maybe it’s just a harmless informing of someone else as to what’s going on, or maybe someone has made a wisecrack that I didn’t notice about me in the text, some private joke about me which has gone whoosh over my head, and he and his mates are all creased up in paroxysms of LOLs and ROFLs and maybe even one or two ROTOFLMFAOs about it. One can never be too sure.
There are various ways of determining whether an e-mail sent to you has also been surreptitiously sent to another person, but none of them until now involve smart software embedded as a plug in on your e-mail client which “decodes” the headers in a shadow copy of the sender’s .msg file which it calls down from the server.
Until now, one has had to resort to needing a court order and taking it to the sender’s administrator (best done with a lawyer) threatening the sender at gun or knifepoint to tell you or show you (best done without a lawyer) or just to check the sender’s screen when they forget to lock their machine while going to the toilet (best done with a lookout on the corridor). Until now, you haven’t been able to just install a plug-in to a normal e-mail client which enables this function at the click of a button marked “disclose BCC recipients”.
Would you like to be able to purchase such revolutionary new software? Me too! Pity it doesn’t exist.
Which doesn’t seem to stop some people from claiming – ridiculously – that they can do this.
http://www.ehow.com/how_4434818_bcc-outlook-blind-carbon-copies.html Just take a look at that, I can’t make this shit up! And I love the comments on that one too.
OK, poll time:
- Understanding Email Headers – Secure your Email (brighthub.com)
- Create task automatically from email (pcreview.co.uk)
- Top 10 Plug-ins for Mozilla Thunderbird in 2011 (lehsys.com)
- 18 Common Work E-mail Mistakes (money.usnews.com)
- Compose Gmail Messages with Automatic CC: and BCC: with Semi-Secret Shortcuts [Keyboard Shortcuts] (lifehacker.com)
- Small business email marketing: sorted! (cjwriting.com)
- Yahoo: Your buggy IMAP server affects iPhone too; thanks for playing though. (withinwindows.com)