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Security and Privacy Precautions When Forwarding Email


Summary. When forwarding email newsletters and similar items, it is important to remove links from messages that may automatically give the recipient inadvertent access to your personal account with the original sender. For example, if someone who receives the email from you clicks on the one click unsubscribe button, you’ll be removed from the list. Some messages even contain an encoded link that allows you one click access to your account.

Solution. Be sure to remove all such links before clicking send. One way to ensure this is to copy and paste the article into Notepad (Windows) or Text Edit (Apple) and remove any special formatting. For Windows Notepad, formatting is removed automatically. for Apple users, click on Format > Make Plain Text from the menus in Text Edit. Then, copy the resulting text and past it into an email message. Another privacy consideration would be to remove any of the previous recipients’ email addresses.

By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com