Did you know that Google tracks all the links you click on when you use Gmail.com from a web browser? They do it in a very sneaky way, which I will tell you about later on in this article.
We all know that Google reads, stores and analyzes every email your receive. This is the privacy you give up to use Gmail's free email service. This is why the you don't have to pay for the service.
Is allowing Google to read your emails OK?
This is a great question, with a lot of debate on both sides. On the "Yes" side, people will say that there's nothing in their emails that they don't mind people know about. They say they have nothing to hide. They also believe that their government will somehow be able to control what Google does with your information, or punish them if they use it incorrectly.
On the "No" side, people say that they don't want others to know what they are doing. It doesn't matter if the email says something as harmless as "Let's meet with the family this weekend to go to the beach." They believe that's none of Google's business. They may also think that Google will use that information in ways that are not appropriate, and their government will take too long to enforce any laws on the inappropriate way they may use your data. Basically, the harm has already been done.
Regardless of which side you lean towards, you should be aware of what's happening when you receive emails through Google's Gmail email service. This leads me back to the sneaky technique they use to try and obfuscate that they are tracking what links you click on in your email.
The sneaky technique Gmail uses
In an email, when you hover your mouse over a link, your browser will show you the actual URL you will go to. This actual URL is usually defaulted to be displayed at the bottom of your browser window.
For instance, an email may have a link that says "click here to visit Wikipedia" in the email, and when you hover your mouse over that link, the actual URL will show: "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia".
However, what Gmail does when you click on a link is redirect the actual URL through their website. For example like this:
In the above example the &ust and &usg parameters have been changed. We can assume that these are some sort of checksum on the &q variable as once they are changed, Google will show a notice asking if you would like to be redirected. Normally, you would be redirected without any notice. We have added Xs to the URL since we couldn't locate any documentation on these parameters and therefore needed to anonymize it just in case.
You can see all this in action by clicking on a link in your gmail and watching the URL browser redirect you to a URL that you didn't intend to go to. You'll then quickly get redirected from there to the actual URL you want expected to go to.
The irony of it all
Perhaps the most ironic part is that Google frowns on sneaky redirects, and they define it specifically as "Redirecting is the act of sending a visitor to a different URL than the one they initially requested". Yet, this is exactly what they are doing! And they are doing what they define as sneaky on a MASSIVE SCALE!
EmailOnDeck respects your privacy
EmailOnDeck does not scan your emails. They do not track which links you click on. They securely wipe the email logs.
Whether you have nothing to hide, or just care to keep your life's details private, rest assured that your privacy is respected and protect when receiving emails at EmailOnDeck.com.
Oh, and by the way, they track your clicks on Google Docs too.
Be safe out there!
Some thoughts of mine regarding the new EmailOnDeck Pro temporary email address features.
Following the success of the initial EmailOnDeck launch, they wanted to provide their users with more features and functionality. They listened to the communities' feedback and ideas, and are now proud to launch the EmailOnDeck Pro version. You can read more about the adjacent features below!
You can use hundreds of emails at the same time
EmailOnDeck is not limiting you to a single email at a time. You can create and use hundreds of email addresses at the same time. That means it's a lot easier to send a dummy email address and monitor it from your account fast and easy.
Custom email address
The regular EmailOnDeck version is not offering you the ability to create your own dummy address. But with EmailOnDeck Pro you can do that. You can feel free to create whatever custom email you want. And the best part is that you can adjust that based on your needs and also create numerous variations for it if you want to. In the end the return on investment is great and well worth the effort.
Sending anonymous emails
One of the major EmailOnDeck Pro features is that you can send anonymous emails fast. With this approach no one will know that the email will come from you. That offers a much better security, and you can still send emails to anyone you want as you see fit. That brings in front a whole lot more value and quality, without bringing any sort of issues or anything like that.
Save email addresses
What you will enjoy about EmailOnDeck Pro is that when you like a certain dummy address, you can save it. This is not a feature that you can find in the regular version. Normally a dummy email will be deleted automatically once you stop using it and maybe someone will get to reuse it at one point. With EmailOnDeck Pro you can save whatever email address you use in no time.
The regular EmailOnDeck version is ad supported. But once you opt for this, you can have ads free of charge. What that does is it helps you enjoy a smoother experience without any unwanted ads that may even slow down your browser.
You get the new features first
EmailOnDeck is always evolving and they are constantly bringing in new features. But getting those new features first is something that EmailOnDeck Pro users will have right off the bat. It works extremely well and it helps you obtain the ultimate approach you always needed.
EmailOnDeck Pro offers you all the features you always wanted as well as many new things that make using a disposable email address a great experience. If you need a quick, fast temporary address often, all you have to do is to start using EmailOnDeck right away. The experience will be a very enjoyable one every time. Don't hesitate to take the Pro features for a spin, you will not be disappointed!
In the world of today, everyone needs more than a single email address. It doesn't matter whether you're going to make more than a few Twitter accounts or just separate your work and personal emails. You need to have at least two emails. If you're frequently using emails communicate with colleagues, friends, and family. Then, using just one can become slightly overwhelming. But, we're not here to talk about a second email address. We're here to talk about a fifth or a sixth. Sounds skeptical, doesn't it?
Trust us on this one. Making temporary emails is a great way to reduce the irrelevant stuff from your main one. So, without further ado, let's explain the title and get into three reasons why making a few disposal emails can really help you out.
1. Sign Up to Any Site Without Fear of Being Spammed
We've all had to visit some weird site to get information on something for an article or an essay. But, then they only show you the first 100 words and ask you to sign up to view the rest. There are just some sites that you have to feel reluctant to put "your" email address in because you can guess from all the ads that you're going to be mercilessly spammed. In such cases, it is much better to use temporary emails that you will never even check. You'll get your content and at the same time, stay far away from junk emails.
2. You Can Participate in Giveaways
You might know that most big Twitch streamers, Youtubers, Vloggers, etc like to hold giveaway. And, usually, their giveaways include putting in your email addresses and subscribing to their channels or signing up to their newsletters. But, we don't really care about the newsletter or their channels, do we? We care about the rewards. And, participating with numerous emails significantly improves your chances of winning that giveaway. Most of the time, they even give you further benefit if you use one of your emails to invite a second one of yours. A pretty profitable investment if we dear say.
3. Keep Your Personal Information Safe
Your personal email address contains quite a lot of your information - Your name, location, phone number, contacts, etc. Long story short, there are quite a few things that you don't want falling into the wrong hands. If you create disposal emails, they don't even have to necessarily contain your own name. You aren't obliged to put in any information and the weird websites you sign up to, can't access any of that information. This means your personal information is safe and no one can gain access to it.
There certainly aren't any cons we can think of. Disposable emails only have advantages. The only thing close to a drawback would be that you're going to have to remember all those different emails and passwords. Personally, we just like to create an Excel file and put in all emails in there with the places we made accounts with them. This is very convenient and will definitely help you in the long run.