Using BCC in Gmail

Blind copying means that they send emails in a way that they cannot see other BCC recipients. In other words, it is used to email hidden contacts.

Although this procedure pertains to using Gmail on the Internet, most email programs can handle BCC just fine. In fact, RFC 2822 – the official standard – defines how BCC should be implemented regardless of the program or service.

How To Hide People With Gmail

  1. Select To create to start a new email.

  2. Select link Hidden copy to the right of the “On” text area, but you won’t see it until you place your cursor on the line receivers † You should now see both fields: To who And Hidden copy

    Another way to switch this field is by typing Ctrl+Shift+B on Windows or Command+Shift+B on Mac.

  3. Enter the primary recipient in the section To who † You can even enter multiple addresses here, just like you would when sending regular mail. Remember, however, that addresses appear here to each receiver, even any BCC receiver.

    You can also hide the addresses of all recipients by leaving the field blank or entering your own address.

  4. Use the box Hidden copy to enter all the email addresses you want to hide but still want to receive the message.

  5. Edit your message as you like, then select send

More information about BCC

Blind copy tools are useful for two main reasons. First, as an administration tool, BCC avoids the “reply all” confusion where someone replies to the entire list, resulting in additional replies, which can lead to hundreds or thousands of completely unnecessary emails. Using BCC instead of CC for large ads solves this problem.

Second, BCC stores people’s personal information. Since the names and addresses of individual BCC recipients are hidden from everyone but the sender, the privacy of the people receiving the message is guaranteed.

However, BCC is not without its drawbacks. People in corporate environments sometimes use BCC as a knife, using the field to covertly contact executives or co-workers in a way that the public recipients of the message are not aware of.

A good rule of thumb is not to use BCC unless you’re okay with a BCC list being accidentally leaked.

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