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Tracking Emails: What is email tracking, What is need of email tracking, What are different ways to track email, What is level of security against that in free mail service provider like gmail, yahoo, hotmail and rediff.

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Tracking Emails

  1. 1. Prashant Mahajan Pune Null Meet, 22nd August, 2009 Securematrix
  2. 2.  I am currently pursuing TY.BCA (Bachelors of Computer Applications) from Sinhgad College of Science  I am Security Enthusiast  I don’t know everything, nor do I pretend to know everything.  I’m just a geek with time on my hands 
  3. 3.  What is Email Tracking?  Can the Popular Email Service Providers Protect You ?
  4. 4.  Email tracking is a method for monitoring the e-mail delivery to intended recipient.  Most tracking technologies utilize some form of digitally time-stamped record to reveal the exact time and date that your e-mail was received or opened, as well the IP address of the recipient.  E-mail tracking is useful when the sender wants to know if the intended recipient actually received the e- mail, or if they clicked the links. However, due to the nature of the technology, e-mail tracking cannot be considered an absolutely accurate indicator that a message was opened or read by the recipient. Source: Wikipedia
  5. 5.  Some e-mail applications, such as Microsoft Office Outlook, employ a read-receipt tracking mechanism. The sender selects the receipt request option prior to sending the message, and then upon sending, each recipient has the option of notifying the sender that the message was received and/or read by the recipient.  The technical term for these is MDN - Message Disposition Notifications, and they are requested by inserting one or more of the following lines into the email headers: X-Confirm-Reading-To: Disposition- Notification-To: or Return-Receipt-To: Source: Wikipedia
  6. 6.  When you send a tracked e-mail message, whether it's a simple text message or a graphical html message, the e-mail marketing system may embed a tiny, invisible tracking image (a single-pixel gif, sometimes called a web beacon) within the content of the message.  When the recipient opens the message, the tracking image is referenced. Source: Wikipedia
  7. 7.  Email tracking is used by individuals, email marketers, spammers and phishers.  To detect whether the email address is valid or not.  Whether the email passes the spam filters.  To detect unauthorized forwarding and distribution of copyrighted or confidential data. Source: Wikipedia
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  9. 9. Prashant Mahajan +91-9822426910 Follow Me on Twitter @prashant3535