How to Block Email Tracking & Read Receipt

by Michelle Miley

Sometimes an email sender may request a read, or return, receipt. This receipt notifies the email sender when the recipient reads the email. Another common way of tracking email is to embed tracking cookies into the HTML graphics of an email. This allows an emailer to gather information about the recipient's web surfing. For those who do not wish to send a receipt, the popular email program Outlook Express allows return receipts to be blocked. In addition, privacy settings in Internet Explorer allow users to block tracking cookies while surfing the web and, according to technology website CNet, also will help monitor tracking cookies in email through Outlook Express and Outlook.

Blocking return receipts

Open Outlook Express and allow it to load on the computer.

Select "Tools" on the menu at the top of the screen, then click "Options" on the drop-down menu that appears under "Tools."

Click the "Receipts" tab.

Select the "Never send return receipts" option under the "Returning Read Receipts" heading that appears about halfway down the receipts options menu. There also is an option to send return receipts only after being asked to do so.

Click the "Apply" button, then "OK" to close the options window.

Blocking email tracking

Open Internet Explorer and allow it to load.

Select "Tools" on the menu at the top of the screen, then click "Internet Options" on the drop-down menu that appears under "Tools."

Click the tab labeled "Privacy."

Using the slider on the left, set Internet Explorer to the cookie-handling option desired. You will need to select at least a medium security level to block first- and third-party cookies that could allow someone to track or contact you without your consent.

Click "Apply," then click "OK" to close the "Internet Options" window.

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Writing professionally since 2008, Michelle Miley specializes in home and garden topics but frequently pens career, style and marketing pieces. Her essays have been used on college entrance exams and she has more than 4,000 publishing credits. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in accounting, having graduated summa cum laude.

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