007 Emailing Tools

Track your email. See when someone has read your email.

Do you ever wish you could track an email? The process of tracking an email is relatively simple. You put an image on the email which is hosted on a computer server. Every Time that image is viewed by a recipient the email software requests it from the server. This marks up a request for the image. Now if you could change the image for every outgoing email you send you would have a unique request for each image. All you have to do is to check the server and see when the image was requested and hey presto this provides a footprint of when someone read the email. If it is forwarded to another recipient then this would also request the image again and so on. Easy huh?

In theory yes, If you use Gmail (Google’s email service) then a company has already done the hard work. Sidekick is an add on for the google browser it allows you to reliably track outgoing emails to confirm when someone has read your email including the date and time and how many times the email has been viewed.  Very useful if someone said they never recieved your invoice.

The service says it works with Outlook but my personal experience is that I could not get it to work reliably so I have tested it on gmail and it seems to work seamlessly.

Sidekick email tracking

Self destructing emails. Its like the movies!

Do you send an email and then wish you could recall it or even only allow the email to be accessible for a limited time? With Dmail (another gmail add on) you can. Dmail sends your email as an embedded attachment. This means you do not see the actual email content but a link to the content which is stored securely on their servers. When the recipient opens the email from you they have to click a link to view the content of the email. The magic happens when you can switch off the link by either recalling a email or by setting a time limit to access the email. This will not stop the email being screen grabbed or copied and pasted it just reduces the chance of the email falling in to the wrong hands. Some would say by using this service you are allowing the company who offers this service to host the content so if you do not like having sensitive information on the cloud you will probably feel uncomfortable sending private emails using this service. This service is currently free as it is in the testing phase so why not try it?

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