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How to avoid being tracked by email tracking services to maintain your privacy

You may get annoyed by the marketing emails which you receive on daily basis, but one thing that may get you more worried is these emails can send a world of information back to the person who has sent you such email. The information includes the time of your opening of an email, where logged in, and how many times you have opened such email. These types of information ruin your privacy just like iMessage or Facebook messenger give you the information about the last seen of a recipient or has he seen your message? What was his reaction?

Pixels are now a popular way to keep tracking your emails, the size of the image you attached in an email is shown at the bottom of your email you are composing. When the client of your email load such an image, your email service must retrieve it from the server of the person who has sent an email. This server can log in when your email server has loaded the image to understand when and from where you have opened it and how much time you have opened it.

The industry of email tracking services uses pictures as their tracking system which can be dangerous sometimes because these industries can take some negative benefits of the privacy of the users as they may also get some sensitive data from the users in the future. However, there is a way to avoid being tracked by these obnoxious marketing emails, which is not allowing the images to be displayed in the emails you have received. You can go to the settings of your email service and turn-off option to display the images from which you can stop the automatic downloading/displaying of the image. This is an efficient way that can avoid the sending server to load its tracking pixels. Some browser extensions can also detect when trackers are present in the email you have received.

There have been some attempts to avoid sharing of information through these loathsome emails as Google attempted to use proxy servers through you can hide your location from some tracking application services and extensions such as some nasty emails and pixel block have been created in order to avoid trackers of your information on Google Chrome and Firefox.

You can also change the settings of your Gmail account to "Ask Before Displaying External Images" on your Android device. Similarly, you can do the same on Yahoo.com. If you are an iOS user, you can turn off load remote messages.


You can also try Thunderbird which also helps to block remote images and allow only downloading of such image which is received from a trusted source.

Read next: Why You Should Never Interact With Spam Communication, Even to Unsubscribe

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