Email has been one of the biggest way to send information to and from across the globe. Do you know some people use Email tracking code to know where and when you open Email they sent to you? This code is able to track your location and even the time you open the mail sent to your box.
You might be wondering how they achieve this, which is tracking Email sent to you. Don’t worry, here is a clue on how they achieve their goal (email tracking).
The sender of the Email added an invisible 1×1 pixel image, this is called pixel tracker, into the content of the message, or inside an attached document.
When the sent Email is opened, the image pings the server it originates from with information like the time, location, and the device the recipient is using.
This way, the sender knows how many people open their newsletter as well as where and when, so they can improve their content based on these parameters gotten from you the reader.
Now that you have an idea on how Email tracking can be carried out from the sender. That is not the end, the joy of this is that you can disable Email tracking on your account.
Meanwhile, I think Emails should be something personal and confidential. Therefore, I find Email tracking as a form of privacy violation or invasion. So, the anti-dote I use for this are a bunch of tricks to detect and disable Email tracking.
If you feel the same, then I can help you save yourself from Email tracking as well. Below are some ways you can know if your emails are being tracked and how to disable this feature for your emails.
How To Prevent Email Tracking On your Account
If you want to prevent your Email account from been track, then the following point could help you out.
1. Never and ever click on the link inside the Email sent to your account.
2. Do click on those that are relevant and opens up inside the email only.
3. Do not download image inside the Email.
4. Check the original address by pressing Ctrl + F and type in .com
Now that you know how you can prevent your account from been tracking, let dive into the process of disable Email tracking on your account.
Explanation on the points above will definitely disable Email tracking on any account
Never Click On The Link Inside The Mail
Opening links inside email is never recommended, and this is especially true for links to see the Email content.
If the Email has a link to see the Email content, then only click it when it is ok to let the sender know that you have read the message.
Check Third Party Email Address In Email Tracking
Most server side trackers send their Email or website URL along with the Email, you can look for it to check for tracking.
To detect if your Email is being tracked through this method, go to your Email service and look for Show Original Message option that shows server side data.
For instance, on Gmail,
Click on More ====> Show Original to access it.
To see all the addresses in the original message,
Press Ctrl + F and type.com in it.
This will reveal all the email or website addresses mentioned there. If you find any third-party address apart from your email service, links in the message, or your own email address, then search it online to see if it connects to a tracking service
Do Not Download Image Inside The Email
If you don’t want to download images inside your account, then you can turn off automatic image loading in Email.
How To Turn Off Automatic Image Loading In Email (Gmail desktop)
Step 1 ====> Click on the gear icon and select Settings.
Step 2 ====> Under the General tab, find Images.
Step 3 ====> Check Ask before displaying external images.
Step 4 ====> Scroll down to the bottom and click Save Settings.
Step 1 ====> Open the Gmail app on your Android phone.
Step 2 ====> Then select your account.
Step 3 ====> Tap on Images.
Step 4 ====> Finally select Ask before showing.