Re: Faxing questions


Kathy, I know exactly how you feel. I was the primary care giver for
my mother and needed to submit all kinds of documents to the state and
county in regards to eligibility for particular Altzheimer's programs
and they said they couldn't or wouldn't accept e-mail or standard
mail, just faxes. I tried a few online services with little luck as
far as accessibility is concerned until I found this website:

Ironically, The free version never worked, lol. The paid version
worked like a charm! For .98 cents you can send 10 pages and if you
don't use them all, they don't expire. I needed to resend a yearly
report to the state and when I went back to the website and logged in,
it remembered how many credits I had left on my account and I was able
to send those faxes at no additional charge. There's no templates for
a cover page, it's just a text box where you can put in any
information about who you are, who's attention is required and what
information is in your fax. You can attach any scanned image without
having to convert it to grey scale, it does that automatically. After
you send the fax you can actually wait for a confirmation message that
let's you know that the fax was received and it has a time stamp. It
will also send you an e-mail with this information. I do agree with
Brian, why in the world in this day and age are we using this old
tech? Anyway, If you do use this service and have any questions I'd
be happy to help if I can.

Kind regards,

On 9/16/20, Brian Vogel <> wrote:

I'll answer your last question first. Most word processors have a built in
template for a FAX Cover Sheet. There are scads of them in MS-Word, the
simplest one of which is "Fax cover sheet (standard format)." But in all
cases most contain a table with labels for the things you enter. It's
pretty straightforward. A cover sheet really only needs to contain your
name and contact information, the name and contact information for the
person/department to whom the FAX is being sent, and after that any "special
instructions" for the recipient if that's applicable.

One can encrypt a file (which will password protect it) and it is safe to
send via e-mail, as only the recipient will be provided with the password,
and that is done in an e-mail message that is separate from the one in which
the file is being sent, so if one or the other message were intercepted the
two pieces necessary for getting at the information are not available.

Many companies, and virtually all medical offices, now have what are called
client or patient portals, where you log in via the web and the whole
interaction is going on in an encrypted session, so all kinds of sensitive
information can be safely exchanged.

I've actually sent things like scans of my driver's license and similar
unencrypted in the past because the actual probability of any given email
message being intercepted is quite low, but there is definitely a risk
involved in doing so, but one I was willing to accept.

I just don't understand why the FAX has not died the death it so justly
deserves after all these years.

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 2004, Build 19041

*Always remember that computers are just glorified light bulbs - they rarely
fail in continuous use and usually go pop when turned off and on.*

~ Technician with the username Computer Bloke, on

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