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Differences between CC and BCC

When you want to send an email, all systems allow the user different sending options, through specific functions to save the sent file, forward it, edit it, delete it or send it to more than one recipient. Specifically, the CC and BCC functions are used for the latter purpose, that is, to send an email not only to one recipient but to two or more, even to groups of recipients that have already been configured as contact groups between the different contacts in the system.

In this sense, in this article we will point out the most important differences between the CC and BCC functions to clear up possible doubts that may arise between them, based on their brief definitions.

DC

To begin with, -CC- stands for -Carbon Copy- and represents a tool that in e-mail delivery systems allows the information or file to be sent to various recipients. To do this, in the –CC- box, the recipients to whom the file will be sent are placed and we also want them to “be aware” of the content.

In this sense, this field includes the people who will receive a copy of a specific message, considering that they are not the main recipients of the message but that for various reasons they may be interested in receiving this information. Additionally, another of the functions that this tool supports is that the recipients included in the CC box can reply to each other, since all the addresses are visible to all the interlocutors; that is, it allows the interconnection of recipients.

BCC

We must say that -CCO- stands for -Hidden Carbon Copy- and represents a tool that, in email delivery systems, allows you to send an email to various recipients but without their email addresses being seen by others. Therefore, this field includes the people you want to notify of the message, but in a hidden way.

Thus, the recipients included in the BCC box can receive the mail and see the rest of the recipients included in the –To- (main recipient) and –CC- (secondary recipients) fields, as well as reply to them, but they cannot see other possible recipients. recipients included in the BCC box. Similarly, no recipient, regardless of the field where it is found, either in the -To- or -CC- box, will have proof of any email address included in BCC.

In conclusion, this tool was designed for cases where you need to send an email to several recipients but you do not want to disclose the email addresses of some of them.

As can be seen, there are notable differences between the CC and BCC functions, which we can summarize below:

DC BCC
It means carbon copy. It stands for blind carbon copy.
Allows the electronic addresses of the included recipients to be public between them. The electronic addresses of the recipients included in -BCC- are private to others.
All recipients will be able to see who the message was addressed to. Recipients in other mailboxes cannot see who the message was addressed to in the -BCC- mailbox.
The recipients will be able to communicate with each other, through the “reply all” option. Recipients in other boxes will not be able to communicate with recipients in the BCC box via the “reply all” option.

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