Did you know that marketers (and even hackers) can use images to track you in your email inbox?

Here’s how so-called tracking pixels work:

  1. Someone creates an image and host it on their server. Often a transparent 1x1 “tracking pixel” that you don’t even see.
  2. They send you an email that includes that image.
  3. When you open their email, their image automatically loads. It sends a ton of information back to their server. This includes your IP address, which they can use to identify you and find out where you are in the world.

Sounds scary, right? And yet this is incredibly common.

As someone who runs a weekly newsletter with 4 million recipients each week, I refuse to use tracking pixels. (I send my emails as plain text.)

But people like me are in the minority. Most companies do use tracking pixels. And most email marketing tools make it easy for marketers to include tracking pixels in email blasts.

Well, you’re in luck. There’s an easy way to stop these tracking pixels and preserve your privacy. All you have to do is turn off images by default in your inbox.

(Don’t worry – you can still click a button to load images you receive from trusted friends and family.)

#security #developer

How to Stop Email Tracking in Gmail – Disable Images by Default
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