Parts of an email message
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An email message consists of these three basic distinct parts:
- Message body, and
Figure 1 shows these three basic parts of an email message:
Figure 1 parts of an email address: headers, body, and signatures
Although there are many header fields in an email message, to the average email user only the following headers are probably the most important:
|Header field||Description||What it contains||Provided by|
|From||This specifies sender’s email address.||Sender’s email address||Automatically by the sender’s email server.|
|To||This specifies the person who will receive the message||One or email address(es). For emailing multiple recipients, separate each email address with a comma. Note there is no comma after the last email address.||By the sender.|
|Date/Time||Indicates when the message was sent.||Date and time.||Automatically by the email server|
|Subject||This specifies the subject of the email.||Email subject||The sender|
|Size||This specifies the size of the email message.||Email message size||Automatically by the email server|
Detailed headers of an email message.
This is the main part that the recipient is interested in. A message can be any number of things or combination of:
- Web page,
- Video or audio, or
A signature appears at the end. A signature can be a graphic, web page, or just plain-text. An email client can be configured to automatically add an signature to each outgoing message.
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1. If you receive a message with one or more attachments, don't open that message immediately. Before opening, make sure you know the sender. If you don't trust the sender, don't open the message. Internet thieves send attachments to trick people. They even use .jpg or .gif file attachments formats to let the receiver believe he received a graphic. Instead, it is a virus program that when downloaded and is run, it may perform any number of undesirable actions such as deleting files, corrupting files, and sending files from your computer. So consider deleting the message to protect yourself.
2. Don't share your personal information (or photos, videos, etc.) online with someone or a website you don't trust. Just because a website form says enter your social security number it does not mean you have to provide that. If there is also any too invasive question or information request, it is probably a good idea to be smart and not reveal such information. Ask yourself is the information being asked relevant to the task you are performing? You should not, for instance, have to enter a social security number when buying a book.