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IT - how to know if my email has been read?

Post by martincymru » Tue, 09 Jul 2019 1:37 pm

for example

abc@yahoo.com sends email to xyz@hotmail.com

Can abc@yahoo.com determine if the email has been opened/read by xyz@hotmail.com?

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Re: IT - how to know if my email has been read?

Post by x9200 » Tue, 09 Jul 2019 1:46 pm

martincymru wrote:
Tue, 09 Jul 2019 1:37 pm
for example

abc@yahoo.com sends email to xyz@hotmail.com

Can abc@yahoo.com determine if the email has been opened/read by xyz@hotmail.com?
You mean like to be certain? Nope, no way.

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Re: IT - how to know if my email has been read?

Post by bgd » Tue, 09 Jul 2019 3:57 pm

Possibly, if it's a mail that has yet to be sent.

abc can add a return receipt and will receive notification when xyz opens the mail.

However not all mail platforms support it and in cases where it is supported xyz can opt out of sending it.

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Re: IT - how to know if my email has been read?

Post by Strong Eagle » Tue, 09 Jul 2019 9:21 pm

You can ask but the recipient needs to allow, and I for one, never give that information out. Whether I read your email or not is for me to know.

In any event, the most that the receipt could do is indicate that I opened your email, not actually read it.

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Re: IT - how to know if my email has been read?

Post by GSM8 » Wed, 10 Jul 2019 1:50 am

From what I read somewhere a while ago, "'read receipt" feedback to the sender is based on a small embedded pixel in the email. So if you have a default of "load images", this pixel gets loaded automatically and the sender knows for sure the time and location that you opened it, regardless of whether you explicitly allow read receipts. There are browser add-ons that can automatically generate this pixel and track this pixel for all a senders outgoing emails. To get around this, I set my email to "prompt to load images", but most worthwhile emails I get don't have images in them anyway.

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