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Chapter 10. Email and Spam > Sending Email Attachments

Sending Email Attachments

Email started out as simple text messages sent to a recipient. It didn't offer much more versatility. However, advances in the use of email created a need to deliver more than just basic content messages. Now there is the ability to send attachments. Attachment literally means to “attach” a file to a text message. The attached file is then transferred along with the message to the recipient, where it is automatically downloaded and placed in a designated default folder. Most email client applications give users the option to choose which desktop folder they would like to use to save the attachment.

Dvorak's Email Tip

The third most common type of file attached (and the most dangerous) are malicious files containing viruses. However, your computer won't become infected with a virus unless you open or run the malicious file. For this reason, it's a good idea to have an antivirus program running in the background at all times. (For more information, see Chapter 11.)



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