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Learn How to Stop Tracking Emails


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Spam emails are eager to know when you’ve read them.

What’s the first priority of every annoyingly insistent door-to-door salesman? Answer: getting their foot in the door. Once that foot’s in the door, they’ve officially got a foothold in your daily life, even if it’s a small one. The same is true for spam emails. Spammers send their annoying messages all over the place with little direction. All they need to know is that they’ve gotten your attention at least once, and that’s when the targeted spamming begins. How do they know they’ve gotten your attention? Tracking.

Many spam emails employ a special trick known as “tracking pixels.” These pixels are hidden somewhere in the body of an email, usually in an image. When that image is loaded, the pixel reports back to the scammer that it was opened, as well as the precise date and time it happened. That report all but guarantees that you’ll be getting a lot more spam from that source very soon.

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