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Why Security is Improved with Plain Text Emails

Emails with links to spam, malware and viruses are dangerous because one of your list subscribers may click on them by accident.

Web Pages and HTML Email use a Markup Language

This simple Markup Language changes the formatting of the message on your screen. It allows you to get your text centered, bolded, or in the color Red.

For example:

<p>This is normal text - <b>and this is bold text</b>.</p>

This is normal text - and this is bold text.

where <p> is a paragraph, and <b> is to bold the text.

The syntax of a HTML link is

<a href="url">link text</a>

For example:

<a href="http://www.mail-list.com">Mail-List.com</a>

which creates a blue clickable link that will redirect to the link specified in the href section of the syntax.

Mail-List.com

This is where deceit and trickery can happen.

<a href="http://google.com">http://www.mail-list.com</a>

looks the same as

http://www.mail-list.com

but goes to Google, in this example.

Plain text email does not have the Markup Language.

Links only have the actual link, not any link text data.  Therefore, all links are shown as their actual destination.  Your subscribers are less likely to be fooled by the name of the link.

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