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How Do I Send an Anonymous Email Attachment?

Many people have growing concerns about privacy issues related to email and the Internet.
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Sending an anonymous email attachment enables you to transmit a message in complete privacy, hiding the internet protocol (IP) address from which the message came. Oftentimes, these services function by transmitting messages across a random pathway through the network, obscuring their original sources. To send an anonymous email attachment, you will need to utilize a free online service.

Open your web browser and navigate to the page of your chosen secure email website; an Internet search should reveal several options for such sites if you do not have one in mind. Once you access the site, you will typically be presented with a screen that looks much like a standard email interface, containing option lines for the message recipient, the subject of the message, the body of the message, and a "Browse" button next to a box for attachments. Click on the "Browse" button next to the "Attachments" line. This will open a window providing you with a list of the active directories and files stored on your computer.

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Once the window of directories opens, navigate to the specific drive and folder containing the attachment you wish to send. First, click on the letter of the drive containing the file you wish to attach, and then select the directory in which the file is stored. Once there, click the file you wish to attach and press the "OK" button on the interface. This will link the selected file to the email as an attachment. To complete the sending of your anonymous email attachment, simply enter a standard email address in the "To" box. List this as you normally would, such as "SampleEmail@example.net".

Following that, you will have the option to add a subject and body text to your message. If you are sending the anonymous email attachment to someone you know, it might be helpful to indicate this in the subject, to avoid the recipient's thinking the message is spam and deleting it without reading it. In many cases, if you leave the subject line blank or fill in something generic, the recipient might delete it without reading it, mistakenly believing it is junk mail. Additionally, adding a bit of text in the body of the message to give the email context might be important; something like "Hey, here's that attachment you wanted" will work under most circumstances.

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mobilian33
Post 3

@Laotionne - I understand what you are saying about anonymous email accounts being a bad thing. I remember reading about a college campus where someone was using anonymous email to make threats and disrupt classes on campus. I guess this is the modern way to make bomb threats in place of making a call from the corner telephone booth.

Sporkasia
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I agree that some people abuse the tools that allow them to send anonymous email attachments, but the actions of these people shouldn't be used to judge the usefulness of the technology for sending anonymous computer messages.

There are people in some countries who have to use these types of messages so they will not be persecuted by their governments. When you live under a dictatorship and freedom of speech doesn't exist, anonymous communications on computers are a great way to get your message to other people.

Regardless of what technology or tool you are talking about, it can be used for good or bad. Don't blame the technology.

Laotionne
Post 1

Someone was sending anonymous emails to the teachers at the school where my friend works. The emails were inappropriate, nothing really threatening. The teachers assumed the messages were being sent by a student or a group of students as part of some prank. More than anything the messages were an annoyance, and they show a lack of respect for the teachers.

I don't understand why we even needs sites and tools that let people send emails that can't be traced back to them. If you don't want anyone to know you sent the email then you shouldn't be sending it in the first place. This is just an easy way for criminals and stalkers to hide what they are doing.

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