Company Cracks Down on Email Forwards

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Laura Bowra is a manager at Merrill Lynch in Bowling Green. She says about forwards: "I'll delete it. I won't open it up."

The email forwarding policy at Merrill Lynch has always been strict. That's partially due to the amount of productivity that's lost when employees read through them.

Bowra says: "There's two facets to email though. There's the receiving which is somewhat out of your control. Then there's the forwarding and sending which is what we try to make sure employees don't continue to forward Emails."

In fact, the local office is notified whenever forwards are sent out from the office.

Bowra says: "It does go in their file. It's not like they're going to get fired over it, but I'm sure they monitor how much we're on the Internet. It's just the kind of company you work for. You know Big Brother is watching."

Forwards don't just cut back on workplace productivity; they can also cause viruses to show up on your computer at work.

Keith Thomas is a Geek Squad computer specialist at Best Buy. He says: "They'll come in and once you get infected with that virus, it will automatically pull up your Microsoft outlook address book and email itself to everyone on the list."

There are programs designed to keep email viruses from spreading like Spy Sweeper and Anti-Virus, but the best advice about opening forwards at work is probably.

Thomas says: "If you don't know what it is or who sent it to you, don't open it."