In this article we will explore the threat posed by email bugs and how we can avoid them while using the Outlook application.
In a highly competitive business environment, marketers are always in the lookout for possible target audience. With emails being one of the cheapest medium of outreach, a lot of marketers and even spammers include email bugs in their messages. While an email bug may track out your location and give out information stored in cookies, they are not malicious. The primary threat is your invasion of privacy and possibly a deluge of spam emails. Let’s explore them in detail.
What are email bugs and how they work
Basically email bugs are innovative means to track whether an email has been accessed by the recipient. A very basic example would involve a link to picture included in the HTML of the email body. When a user accesses the email, a request to download the picture goes to the server where the picture is stored. Now this gives out the IP of the computer from where the request has been made and possibly some other details. Email bugs can thus verify the authenticity of an email address that it is regularly accessed making the recipient ideal for sending out outreach emails. It is important to note that email bugs can include several types of tracking elements and they range from clear gif images to pixel tags.
How Email Bugs can affect your privacy
An email bug besides giving away your IP address can also inform a spammer about the time when you accessed your email. It also gives the confirmation that the email sent by them was able to beat your spam filters which thus opens you up for a deluge of spam emails in future.
Avoid Email Bugs in Outlook
In other to avoid email bugs in Outlook you should disable email reading in HTML format. Also you should avoid automatic image downloads for emails that you receive. However the best way to completely avoid email bugs involves reading emails in plain text format.
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