Articles in Category: Email Privacy

Issues around the privacy of your email, who can see it and when, and steps you might take to keep it more secure.

Mailboxes

How Do I View the List of BCC’ed Recipients on an Email I’ve Received?

The list of BCC’ed recipients is not included with emails, so there is no way of determining if or who else the email was sent to.

How Do I Encrypt Email?

It’s surprisingly difficult to encrypt email. We’ll look at a practical solution that anyone can use, as well as the way things “should” work.

Internet Abuse

How do I find out who’s sending harassing email?

Both children and adults receive harassing or abusive email. Sadly, there’s no easy way to trace it back to a sender who doesn’t want to be found.

Emails Opened?

Emails Opened? Is There a Reliable Way to Tell?

It’s very common to want confirmation that an email has been opened, delivered, or read. In the age of spam, it’s simply not possible with any accuracy.

Email With Remote Image

How Does Blocking Pictures in an Email Protect My Privacy?

Email programs commonly block remote images. I’ll look at why, and how spammers and others use remote images for good and evil.

How can I keep someone from contacting me in email?

Sometimes you may want to explicitly keep someone from contacting you. Ignoring them is often simplest, but there are tools to help as well.

Email

How do I tell who really sent an email?

It’s unlikely, maybe impossible. I’ll walk you through why that is, and one way you might get lucky.

Someone's Peeking!

Can My Company See My Personal Email?

In a work environment all bets are off. If they’re looking hard enough, an employer can see everything you do on a work computer.

I Spy

How can newsletter senders tell that I haven’t opened a newsletter?

It is not reliably possible to determine if an email has been read or opened. They keyword there is reliably. There are techniques that get some information, but it’s impossible to be 100% accurate.

Google

Is Gmail’s targeted advertising a bad thing?

Of course Gmail can read your email. How else would they be able to filter it for spam? But “who” or “what” is reading it, and does it really matter?

Vault

Can Backups of Email Be Hacked?

Not just email, but any information that is anywhere on “the cloud” is subject to backups. That means there is a copy somewhere. Is this a problem?

Emails Hacked!

Can an ISP tell me who’s reading my email?

It’s typically impossible for the average computer user to determine who’s reading your email, particularly since tracing through a an IP address is virtually impossible with legal assistance. The best option is securing your account from any prying eyes from the start.

How Can I Send Anonymous Email?

How Can I Send Anonymous Email?

Anonymous email is both very easy do to, and yet also extremely difficult. The level of difficulty involved depends on the likelihood that someone would go the extra mile to identify you.

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. It cannot. Period. I’ll explain why that is.

Why Are Electronic Greeting Cards a Bad Idea?

Electronic greeting cards, or ecards, seem like a nice idea, but often end up giving the recipient more than you intended, in the form of spam or worse.

Stop!

How Does Using BCC Help Reduce Spam?

Using BCC on forwarded email is one way to reduce the amount of spam your recipients might get as the email is forwarded further.

Peeking at a locked document

Can I prevent my mail from being forwarded by others?

It’s not only not possible to prevent email from being forwarded, it’s also not possible to prevent that forward from being modified, forged or defaced.

Hacker

How do I find out who owns a Hotmail account?

Finding out who owns a Hotmail account is nearly impossible.