How and why to use Bcc when you send email

We all from time to time get an email where not only it has been sent to ourselves, but also other people. We can see this because the sender has stuck all the addresses in the ‘To:’ field.

This is not always welcome or good practice, either because you don’t want to have your email addresses exposed to others (strangers), or because it leaves that address open to spammers should the same message fall into a compromised email account.

Next time you want to forward something onto lots of people use the ‘Bcc’ (Blind carbon copy) field to put addresses in. It works exactly the same as the ‘To’ field, but Bcc instead sends an individual copy of your message to people, and does not reveal who else you sent the message to.

To view Bcc on an iPhone or iPad: start or reply to an email > just below ‘To’ tap ‘Cc/Bcc’ and enter your contacts in the Bcc field

To view Bcc in Outlook: start or reply to an email > at the top choose the ‘Options’ tab > Clcik ‘show Bcc’ > a new Bcc field will appear below the ‘Cc’ box, enter your contacts in there

Windows Live Mail: start or reply to an email > Click ‘Show Cc & Bcc’ and a new Bcc field will appear below the ‘Cc’ box, enter your contacts in there

This trick is a simple yet a powerful tool and should also be shared with friends and contacts alike.