How do you know if someone has read your email message?Friday, July 26th, 2013
Has your recipient read the email message that you sent to them?
Has anyone else read the email messages you sent or saved in your online email folders?
We are often asked how customers can verify if an email that has been sent has actually been read or if they can detect if messages have been covertly read (e.g., by the NSA). The quick answer is that:
- You generally can never know unless you plan on it ahead of time or use a system that includes read tracking as a feature.
- Concerning your ISP or the government reading emails, you cannot ever know. All you can do is implement encryption mechanisms to prevent them from reading the messages altogether.
In this article, we will discuss what measures you can take and how effective they are for determining if an email message has been read. The simplest and most generally available methods are the least reliable.
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