Not THAT Internal E-mail Address

If you’re anything like me, you use e-mail addresses for testing purposes. I make up nonexistent addresses for user creation and use one or more existing e-mail addresses that I receive in my inbox for tests where I need to review the resulting e-mail, such as a tell-a-friend e-mail or a form that elicits an automated response such as a customer service ticket.

But what happens if you put in the return e-mail address of your company’s newsletter?

In certain circumstances, when your organization composes and compiles those e-mails on its own, you might find that entering the newsletter return address in one of your organization’s other automatic e-mail generating applications will trigger an e-mail to your entire newsletter list or some other e-mail, such as an open relay response.

It’s a damn dirty trick, and you should try it on your organization before someone else does.

As a rule, your organization should make sure that the user cannot enter those sorts of e-mail addresses, but it should allow you to test using individual e-mail addresses internally.

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