Mailtracker Lets You Know Where And When Your Sent Emails Were Read

Mailtracker Lets You Know Where And When Your Sent Emails Were Read

Mailtracker is an app that lets you snoop on the folks you send email to. It tells you if and when your mails were read, what device they read it on and what city they are in. Sounds pretty creepy right?

Here’s how it works. I copied this from the PR pitch email:

MailTracker works by inserting a small snippet of code into the header of any email you send. That code lets us know when someone has read your mail, what device they’ve read it on, how long they’ve read it, and what city they are in. Not all clients will send back all pieces of information, but at the minimum the sender will always know when their email is read.

And here’s the corresponding entry from the FAQ on the site, which is quite a bit less forthcoming:

MailTracker is a notification app for your iPhone that alerts you when someone opens and engages with your email.

Anytime you send an email through your iPhone Mail App, we’ll notify you through MailTracker. You do not need to change your email behavior! :)

The idea is indeed clever, and somehow the app manages to insert its code into your outgoing mails even though you are still sending them using the native iOS Mail app (it won’t work if you use other clients to send). It works with Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo Mail and Outlook.com accounts, and as of version1.1 you can also use it with IMAP accounts, and on the receiving end it’ll work with any mail account foolish enough to allow HTML email.

I guess that once the mail is opened, the code phones home, giving up the IP address of the recipient (and from there their geographical location). Along with their device details and of course the time. You get notifications via the MailTracker app.

Like any tech, it’s neutral, but I really don’t like the idea of someone using this to track me. In fact, I’m grabbing the app now so I can see what it adds to the header, and setting my email filters to block anything that uses it.

The app is free, and requires a $5-per-month subscription for the pro version.

Source: Mailtracker

  • Lorenzo Casale

    Hello,

    Do you manage to set all the things that are necessary to block who uses this app? I don’t want to be tracked too.

    Thank you!

    • RTV_Mutant_st

      mama mia , thats only a stipulation you morley

      • timotechnica

        A valid question nonetheless.

      • Guest

        A valid question stick it up your ass bro , don’t bring me to Colossus

    • RTV_Mutant_st

      ya afraid you gonna bust a nut

  • timotechnica

    I’d be interested in rules to spice up my email filters against this app too.

    • RTV_Mutant_st

      nah G soontime you got nothin

    • Ben

      or you can just ignore the app, wouldn’t that be easier hotshot?

      • timotechnica

        Of course I can, but that makes no difference. Did you even read the the article, hotshot? I can’t choose wether other people ignore this app.

      • Kaloo

        no but fuck you

    • RTV_Mutant_st

      and spice up your life stills since its empty after ya wifey left you

  • dcj001

    It is unfortunate that some people seem to be afraid of others knowing when their emails have been opened, Lorenzo and Tim.

    • Lorenzo Casale

      Somethimes it’s better not to let others know

      • RTV_Mutant_st

        why not, because you don’t want your wife knows you got another broad??

      • timotechnica

        Personally I don’t like it when someones standing behind, watching what I’m doing over my shoulder. Personally I experience read receipts as a digital version of just that. It’s not that I’m doing bad, illegal or even immoral things; I just don’t like it when someone’s looking over my shoulder.

        And you should respect that, just like I respect the fact that you have no issues with sharing that kind of stuff.

      • RTV_Mutant_st

        fuck you

      • timotechnica

        Exactly

      • Kaloo

        Can you explain how is someone watching your shoulders with this app?

      • Kaloo

        at most it will tell the sender what city you’re currently in, if you know my location, I have nothing to hide so what? unless you tell your wife you’re on a business trip in New York but you’re really in Cancun having fun ok maybe you need to be afraid….. You know I opened your email as expected to be read, so what?

    • timotechnica

      I wouldn’t call it unfortunate or afraid.
      But if I did I could also say that it’s unfortunate how some people don’t think twice about sharing stuff. Either way everybody should be able to decide for themselves wether they want to send out read receipts or not.

      • Kaloo

        I would borderline state the location info is deemed questionable, but again FB shares your locations to others for postings as well if you use it, but as for notifying whether an email has been read, I don’t consider this as someone watching over my back. Emails sent out are expected to be read, not sure why you think twice in sharing or reading the emails. I guess we should communicate in the traditional snail mail to avoid the privacy concerns.

      • Roy

        Good technology it helps me to keep track of papers 1 to 9….

      • Maienk

        and I can also track feedbacks for my PMP, CFA, CPAB, CISCO, CA, CAPM, PMI, CSC, ITIL, BSC, MBA insitutions :)

      • RTV_Mutant_st

        alll dat , that dangerous …………

      • RTV_Mutant_st

        Roy you forgot paaapers 10 to 19………..

      • RTV_Mutant_st

        for what , afraid your head is stuck in your butthole

  • D R

    this is gives the tools that every marketing email you get from companies uses to individuals.

  • RTV_Mutant_st

    For what Lorenzo and Timmy Boy , GPS on your phone tracked your positioning so for what , you guys dont wanna be tracked then go be a mormon.

  • http://bit.ly/andrewngui Andrew Ngui

    Charlie, why was my response was deleted?

    If iMessage & Facebook has read receipts, why should plain old email be any different? I can appreciate that this tool may not be the right fit for everyone and we should have the freedom to choose.

    Learn more about the practical use case scenarios in the video on Vimeo http://vimeo.com/89955800

  • Kaloo

    I will try out this app for my company, it’s annoying to see my vendor never respond to my emails, let alone opened the email which they can bypass the read receipt. I don’t have any issues like some people are crying about on this forum regarding its privacy its the same as whatsapp and wechat imo.

    • RTV_Mutant_st

      straight goods

      • Kaloo

        what is that? shouldn’t it be straight up goods?

      • RTV_Mutant_st

        it should ya be props

  • Ben

    Great app guys !!!! keep it up this is really what I need.

    • RTV_Mutant_st

      soontime …………

    • RTV_Mutant_st

      don’t change the answer on me bro…..

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