On your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, you can learn how to disable email trackers

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techno.rentetan.com – Prevent emails from monitoring your personal information using pixels. You may already be aware that websites and applications monitor your movements. It’s become so commonplace that we don’t even notice it anymore. You may not have realized, however, that the same principle applies to email messages as well.

Why and how email tracking is used (and how Apple can help stop it)

When it comes to monitoring emails, things are a little different. Email marketers use a variety of techniques to determine if and when an email was opened, which device was used, and where you were when the email was accessed. They gather this information by the use of small, embedded, hidden pixels, and when the picture is loaded from their servers, they get all of your information.

One approach is to turn off all photos in emails, but this is damaging to reading emails in general, and newsletters in particular. Apple offers a superior option in the shape of its Mail Privacy Protection feature, which you can learn more about here. Devices running iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey may take use of this free functionality.

As soon as you activate this feature, Apple will route your email data via its own servers, ensuring that your IP address and other personal information are not given to email marketing companies. This technique will only work if you are using the Mail app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, but it will work with any email address that is stored in the Mail application.

Using your iPhone or iPad, you may disable email trackers

It will be asked whether you want to use Mail Privacy Protection when you first start the Mail app after updating to iOS 15 on your device, but you can turn it on or off at any time via the Settings app.

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Mail > Privacy Protection may be found by opening the “Settings” application. After that, just activate the “Protect Mail Activity” function and you’re good to go.

How to disable email trackers on a Mac computer

On the Mac, the functionality must be activated independently from the rest of the system. Open the Mail application on your Mac and choose the “Mail” menu option from the menu bar to begin. Select “Preferences” from the drop-down menu (you can also use the Command + Comma keyboard shortcut), then select the “Privacy” tab and check the box next to “Protect Mail Activity.”

Screenshot: Khamosh Pathak

The Mail application will now go about its business of shielding your private information from all kind of trackers and hackers. On the other hand, if you wish to keep your email address hidden from applications and services, you may do so using the built-in Hide My Email option, which is available in the premium iCloud+ subscription levels.