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Tracking services exist which claim to be able to tell you whether or not someone has opened your email. They’re only half right. Has anyone tried www. It’s a free email tracking service. How good and reliable is it? Is it safe to use? That’s actually a comment that was posted to one of my articles on whether or not you could tell if email has been opened or read by the recipient. The short answer is that there’s really only one email tracking technique currently in use, and it only works maybe half the time.

In other words, it’s not all that helpful.

– What is it, how does it work?

When I mention email tracking, most folks think of the “Return Receipt” reandotify that some mail programs display. The intent of that function was exactly what you might expect: The reason it doesn’t work is simple: Because doee abuse by spammers and others, almost all email programs now either completely ignore Return Receipt requests or require that you enable the feature before Return Receipts are acted on.

And no one turns it on. With “Return Receipt” rendered pretty much useless, the technique readnotifyy today is to include an image – often an invisible image – that is fetched from a web page when the email is displayed.

Then, using the web server logs on which those images are hosted, the sender can see who’s opened and displayed their email. That last point is particularly telling. Most email programs now default to not displaying images in email. The recipient has to enable it, often by adding the sender’s email address to the list of “trusted” senders. If your email is plain text, there’s no way to automatically track whether it’s been opened or read.

If your email eeadnotify in HTML, then only those recipients who’ve enabled images can be tracked. The rest appear to have never opened your email, even though they may have. There are many tracking services out there that gloss over this fact. They’ll claim lots of success, but it all boils down to this: They may have opened dods and read it without images turned on, defeating any tracking ability. And even if you do get notification for those folks with images bow on, all that tells you is that the email was displayed – it does not tell you that the email was actually read.

Traack only truly accurate way to track whether your email is being read is simply to note whether the recipient acted on it by telling you, by replying, by clicking a link in the email or by doing something else that can only be attributed to having read that email.

Best Free Email Tracking Service – Get Your Sent Email Read Notification

Can I tell if email I sent has been read by the recipient? While there are settings and services that claim to be able to determine if email has been opened, they are notoriously unreliable and pointless.


How do I get a notification when anyone I send an email to forwards that email? Several urban legends would have you believe that when you forward an email, it can somehow be tracked. I’ll explain why that is. Will Outlook’s reading pane tell readnnotify I’ve seen their mail?

Under some circumstances, it might be possible for Outlook’s reading pane to tell senders that you’ve seen their mail. I use the paid version and I highly recommend it. Of course these are not life and death instances anyway I just want to know that someone received my email in their mailbox, whether or not they choose to reply. Fortunately most of the folks that I email, including tech support folks, all seem to use HTML or have “Display images” turned on.

If you do not open an email that has a Return Receipt attached to it, but you forward it to another email address and then open it, does it still show as being opened? Sir, i have lost my both hotmail account at once in the night as usual i checked mail and closed and next day morning when i check its say email or password invalid my both hotmail account say error message how do i find out what happened to my both Hotmail accounts?

Actually, this is all so refreshing!

I just used one of the internet email tracking services shall keep it anonymous to track an impt. I first rec’d a notice from this tracking service indicating my email was being read and further details to come forth I received another email from the tracking service: I have been devastated thinking my email wasn’t read at all I thought, maybe, it was immediately deleted when the person saw my name???!

This email tracking agency promises to send updates everytime a tracked email is reread Thanks to this article here that these email tracking services online aren’t that reliable! Now I can xoes have some hope that the party I dpes it to did read it, even though I was informed my email was only read for one trac, this really warms my heart in this particular case Grack probably use the same tracking service as the above and I can say that just because it reads “duration” as a few seconds, if you look closely at the times the email was opened, you can sometimes see that it was actually up on the screen longer, therefore read longer.

Email tracking

The service may just be tracking the initial “click” to open the email. Mine has worked pretty well, but not well enough. This is very informative and it also tells you if it was forwarded and to whom. I think email tracking is well known technique now a days, even individuals have started making scripts that can track emails.

I just found a similar website which does not belong to any professional organization http: I’ll just keep saying it: I have been using a service from time to time, I have tested it. I use it mostly when I am sending important Email to my daughters that “you’ve got money”. I have called them on the phone and asked them not to open it till I send it.

I have sent both with a notice to them that it will send back to me and a silent notification, all worked like they were suppose too The Ip address locate was very close, with in 5 miles, that’s pretty good, butttt there is still no proof that a person has actually read it!


All they did was click on it, I do use it sometimes to figure out if my mail is being read in one city or another, this sometimes helps when dealing with Ebay and the person claims they are in one city but their Ip keeps showing up very far from that city, but the best way to know where they are is to insist on a phone call I don’t know how their new, paid-for version works if differently. Perhaps someone could enlighten me. I see they are still showing the free version, despite my receiving numerous mails from them saying that it would not work any more and pushing to upgrade.

October 5, Sent a mail to myself and got a notification back that it had been opened. Seems that the developers were a little economical with the truth when they inferred that it would no longer work and I needed to upgrade! Because their servers are still working, I would guess the “latest” paid-for version still depends on an image being opened but perhaps someone can put me straight on that.

By flooding us with unwanted Spam and clogging the E-Mail system with useless traffic, they have rendered the Receipt system not only useless to us, but what is far worse a weapon to be used by the spammers themselves! I’ve tried MailTracking and it’s free version works for me. Check it out http: I did some notes about it on my blog: In this case you need to send your email through their serviceso that they can modify your email to add tracking links and related.

Looking at their terms of service they also have the right to add advertising to your email. I’ve used the service GetNotify. There are occasions when it doesn’t work when recipient has blocked images, but this is usually not the case when I send email to my friends or family members.

I’ve also tried sending emails with return receipt confirmation, but almost all email services like hotmail, yahoo, gmail etc do not even ask for return receipts from email recipients. If you have a question, start by using the search box up at the top of the page – there’s a very good chance that your question has already been answered on Ask Leo!.

If you don’t find your answer, head out to http: Buy Leo a Latte! Advertisements do not imply my endorsement of any product or service. Do email tracking services work? Helping people with computers Let me explain how it works, and you’ll see what I mean. It’s just that simple. Share this article with your friends: Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed.

After “retiring” inLeo started Ask Leo! Not what you needed? You may also be interested in: Like any mail tracking service, this too is unreliable as it relies on people having pictures and or remote content enabled, which most people do not.