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What is MIME?
Do you know what MIME is? MIME is Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension. Did you know that it is helpful tool for email users? It allows users to send formatted documents, sound, video and photo files as attachments in their email. It allows the sender, without even realizing it, to encode their email. This invisible protocol converts files to text and then backs to their original form. Most users have an email program that works with this unique protocol. Basically your email program will automatically detect the attachment, decode it and either open the attachment or prompt you to save the file. For example, if you were sending a word document created in Word, the sender would need to have that specific software program. Just remember that encoding a file is not the same as encrypting. These encoded files have NO security. Which means anyone can view it, so beware what you send.
How to Send Attachments
Depending on the type of email program you have, Outlook, Entourage, GroupWise, Web Based Email, etc., the procedure is basically the same for all. If this procedure doesn't work, please reference the Help section of your email program.
Remember, attaching files will differ from program to program so make sure to check the specifications of your specific email program. There are some programs out there that will even scan your email for viruses before you send it. Just make sure to follow the directions of your specific program.
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