How to Track the Emails You Send and Avoid Being Tracked?
How to Track the Emails You Send and Avoid Being Tracked
Do you want to receive any feedback from your emails you sent to someone actually whether he/she has opened it or just ignored and deleted that? Yes, here is a solution of that, a service called Bananatag, can let you know all that stuff. This may look sometimes weird, but you must need a solution of protecting yourself about this kind of spying mechanism.
You can take Bananatag like a Facebook chat between you and one of your friend; you just sent a text message and Facebook chat tells you that your friend have just seen your text. Or other services like iMessage or BBM are the examples. You can track the receiver of your email, if your email is viewed and if you put some hidden links on them, that’s an old fashion in market. Because these kinds of techniques are used by many other marketing companies, they used to track the people if they have clicked on links, and how many peoples have done yet and so on.
Bananatag embeds a tiny small cloning of a pixel over pixel; transparent image in each email lay on their servers. And when someone open that email, Bananatag tracks all those of opening of email and clicking on links, and tells the sender that unique image has been accessed by receiver. It’s another advantage is cracking links into short links that head back to its server so they know when they’re opened.
Bananatag is offered ad-ones / extension in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for Gmail. It is also reachable as a plugin for Outlook, oryou can use it with any other web client using anartlesssqueeze to your contact’s addresses. It’s a free application if you use as 5 message per day, but if you want more, 5$ per month are not enough for unlimited usage.
How to Avoid Being Tracked
This looks much fun by using the services like Bananatag, and may help some times. But if you think deeply it’s also weird to be tracked by these kinds of services. Let suppose your friends could be tracking the emails they send you this very same way. Happily, there’s an easy way around it that is given us by our domain services like Hotmail or Gmail any other messaging services: if you get an email that asks you to show images, just discard your mail client’s invitation to show them.
But this kind of method of opening each and rejecting each emails link seems annoying too much.Apparently you can’t do this for every email because of the some email messages will be there that you will need to open them sometimes. But there is trick, if getting to know that which email is harm enough or being used by services like Bananatag, if you receive an email which don’t include the image but it has a link to follow, that should not be opened.
Try to not click on the links which you get in the email from unknown senders. However if you know the sender, and he got a link for you in an image, first try to look up the link in left bottom corner and the link which appear in text they both should match. If those links doesn’t match that means link is directed to any other place, that my want to trace you or some time spammers wanted to verify the email address for more spams.
The job of Bananatag is just to track your clicks, but there are some other evildoers that have some other harm by same method. They can use the same tricks to get into your bank account, PayPal account, or something similar, so it’s a good instruction to avoid all these kind of email or links. If the link goes somewhere you know the place and trust the sender, you should copy and paste it into your browser’s address bar instead of clicking on it.
Bananatag is an exciting facility with some meaningful uses, but we have a sense that it could have some side effects that are scary too. One must be aware of the techniques for the knowledge. But it is a fact that you cannot fully protect yourself until and unless you never open the images in emails.