Questions About E-Mail Cookies

May 15, 2010 at 00:24:07
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I ran across a question that someone posted
on your site about can forwarded e-mails be
traced. I found an article on CNet that talk
about cookies within e-mails but it was related
to clicking on a link and taken to a site.
I am doing a research paper for school and the
main topic has to do with warnings about a
new virus or threat of some kind being sent via
For what I understand a cookie of some kind
can be embedded within an image or some
other kind of tracking software installed without
your knowledge.
I'm not 100% sure about this as I'm still
researching, but I keep coming back to a
question I have to ask myself, why send these
warning e-mails out if they cannot be traced
other than trying to scare people.
Maybe I shouldn't be using the word trace, let
me explain. I have this theory that somehow
an e-mail address is being locked in as a
BCC. In other words every time someone
sends one of these e-mails to a group or an
individual it is also sending them a copy as
well. Harvesting valid e-mail addresses.
Can you share your thoughts about this?

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May 15, 2010 at 06:59:51
I don't know all the technical aspects of this, but I can tell you what I do when forwarding any email. I delete ALL prior email addresses that appear in the original. Hopefully, a subsequent user does the same to protect me.

Your link doesn't work for me.

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