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What is BCC in an eMail ?

BCC in an Email


BCC is a function used in emails and have an interesting purpose in some cases. An average email recipient has three classes, the first is the usual “To” recipient “CC” and finally the “BCC”. The first one is intended for the main recipients of the email, the second is for those recipients who are to receive a copy of the mail, and finally, the BCC who will receive a copy of the email but their email will not be seen by the other recipients. The usefulness of the BCC is to allow a long list of people interested in receiving the email, but for some reason they want to remain hidden.

The “To” field is for sending mail to people who are active in a project or subject of the email. This field addresses all visible together by interest of the email. This is because it is assumed that all are related to work and therefore have to keep in touch. On the other hand, the “CC” field are people who will not directly addressed email, and can also be interesting to know their e-mail each other.

The “BCC” field may be people who are related in some way to the job or project, but it is not essential that your email addresses are known. This can be for several reasons. The most common use for the primary recipient does not know who is receiving a copy of the email. While this can be done easily by a second copy of the message body and by forwarding the BCC field allows us to do this in a simple way and in a single step.

The BCC recipient will see the main direction on who is sending the mail (the “To” field), but the main target will see it is the only one who is sending the email. In mailing lists, the BCC camp is normally used as a courtesy for individuals who are part of the list. Even if everyone agrees to share your e-mail, have a mailing list too long is a risk of spam. It is also a risk for the subject of certain viruses, which include all the email addresses to replicate. The BCC field stops get all directions.

The meaning of BCC is Blind Carbon Copy, and is a term that predates the computers we know. At other times, when letters were written, it was done alternating pages of carbon paper between normal paper where it was written. When writing a letter several copies were made. Addresses and greetings were often left blank during the carbon copy, and then added by hand later. In this way the recipient does not know who else was receiving the letter.


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