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How Do I View A Temporary Email Attachment?

May. 18, 2017
Author: EmailOnDeck

Tutorial level:  SEMI-ADVANCED
 
 

Yes, you can view attachments at EmailOnDeck, however, it takes a bit of work and patience.

This guide will walk you step-by-step on how to view any attachments sent to your temporary email address.
 

Step 1
View Raw Email

View your email and then scroll down and look on the bottom right corner for a link that says: "view raw email". When you click on that it should open up a new page that shows the raw email sent.

View raw email link
 

Step 2
Determine The Attachment Type

Scroll down to the part that looks similar to the below picture. That's the attachment and it's usually at the bottom of the raw email.

View raw temporary email attachment text

Note in the picture above that the Content-Type tells us it's a PDF attachment. This could be also be JPG for pictures or DOC for Microsoft Word documents.

Make a note of what the Content-Type is.

Also, the Content-Transfer-Encoding is base64. base64 is a pretty standard encoding for attachments in emails, but you may see something else.

Make a note of what the Content-Transfer-Encoding is.
 

Step 3
Highlight The Large Block Of Text

In our example above, we'll start highlighting the text at the JVBERi0xL and then highlight all the way down to the end of lJUVPRgo=

Highlight raw temporary email attachment text

Copy this text to your clipboard.
 

Step 4
Decode the Text

Open up Notepad++ or your text editor of choice.

Paste all the text into the editor. We are now going to decode this base64 content.

Select all of the text (ctrl-A), go to "Plugins" > "MIME Tools" > "Base64 Decode".

Decode base64 temporary email attachment text

DECODED!

Decoded based64 temporary email attachment text

* NOTE: If your Content-Transfer-Encoding was something different from base64, simply select all the text and decode it appropriately. If your editor doesn't support it, try searching online for a free text decoder that supports the Content-Transfer-Encoding of your attachment.
 

Step 5
Save The File

First, recall what the Content-Type of your attachment was. In our case, it was a PDF file.

When you save with Notepad++, you will want to save the "File name" with the appropriate extension. For PDF it's .pdf, for a picture it may be .jpg or .png

For the "Save as type" leave it as: "Normal text file (*.txt)".

Save temporary email attachment
 

Step 6
Open Your Attachment

You will now see your attachment on your desktop (or wherever you saved it to). Double click on the icon and you can view your attachment!

Temporary email attachment icon
 
View temporary email attachment
 

CONGRATULATIONS!

If you have successfully gone through all these steps, you now have more insight on how attachments work in emails than 99% of the population. You are the 1% ;)

Stay safe out there!

 

Tracking you on the internet by your email address

Apr. 11, 2017
Author: EmailOnDeck

Ever wonder how a company can know so much about you? Ever wonder how advertisers "target" you with their offers? We're going to dive a bit into how online tracking works, specifically with you email address.

It starts with you visiting a seemingly benign website. It may be a news site, or a fashion clothing store.

You browse for a moment and the familiar pop-up overlay shows up and asks for your personal email address to continue.

They promise you "exclusive" access to their weekly "specials" and events tailored just for you. We all know that these "deals" are just regular run of the mill offers they provide everyone. I mean really, how exclusive can they be if one needs to do is just give an email address to sign up?

Some of the these are even more annoying in that they won't even let you read an article or see their clothing line without you giving your personal email address. Which really means that they are forcing you to accept that they can spam you with email but masking it as something else.

Let's stop here for second.

If you're a regular user of EmailOnDeck, you know that when you run into the above situations you can simply go to EmailOnDeck and get your own private temporary email address. You'll use it for that one-time and then carry on with your internet meanderings.

There's nothing left to worry about and no one can track you by our temporary email addresses.

Tracking you by your personal email address.

Let's say you decide to give them your personal email address instead of a temporary one given to you by EmailOnDeck. Here's what they do with it.

First they generate a unique identifier for your email address. The old way was to take a MD5 Sum of it, though they can use more sophisticated algorithms now.

So the news site that you provided your personal email address to now creates a unique ID of it, let's say for simplicity it's: ABC123.

The news site starts saving a list of all the news articles you read. They may even track comments you left for each article, whether you liked the article etc... And from there they start creating a profile of you.

Now let's say an Advertiser approaches the news site and says: "I want to buy all your email addresses that fall under this type of person." The news site then says yes, we can sell you that and provides all the email addresses along with their unique IDs.

Back to you...

You then head over to the clothing site and give your personal email address to them.

The clothing store then can create a unique ID out of your email address and send that information to the same Advertiser mentioned above.

This Advertiser then takes that unique ID, looks in their database and "analyzes" your profile, which could represent the news articles you've read, your age, income and any other personal information they may have purchased.

Based on this information about you, they find an ad that they believe you'll click on. They say to the clothing web site, show this ad on your website.

If you click on the ad, the clothing store makes money and the Advertiser adds more information about you to your "profile".

Simplified but true

The above example is simplified (if you can believe that!) but this type of stuff happens on the internet 24/7.

If you value your privacy, and don't believe that what you read and view on the internet is anyone else's business, we highly recommend you use a private, secure temporary email address from EmailOnDeck.

Stay safe out there!

 

Using a disposable email address to test free software download app registrations

Mar. 29, 2017
Guest Author: Alexandru Tanase

All of us use software download websites pretty often. The reason is simple; they provide you with a great set of tools that you can download at any given time, and you will be able to enjoy the desired content without that much of a problem.

But there is an issue here, which comes from the fact that they require you to use an email address in order to register and download. After all, they do need to make some money here, so they either require you to pay for the download, or they go through another route, which is gathering and selling email addresses to the highest bidder. If paying for a download is out of question, you then end up having to consider if your identity may be shared and stolen, a real risk.

Thankfully, this is where you can use a disposable email address. The reason why you may need to use this type of thing is rather simple to understand. You can easily insert the disposable email address when you are asked for the email address, and you don't have to worry about anything, to begin with. This shines, and it manages to show just how much value you get to have in the end.

Once you register with the disposable email address, you will be able to download the desired files without a problem. It's an excellent way to download the files you need without being restricted. You don't have to worry too much about any potential problems with this because the disposable email address is designed to provide you with the quality and value that you may need in the end. It's safe to say that using the disposable email address can allow you to eliminate any privacy concerns that you may have.

CNET Download and FileHippo are two popular services that provide free software and app downloads. Feel free to use a disposable email if you run into any issues along the way. It's important to think about what this software is doing with your personal information, which is why you have to take your time and explore all the options in the end. It's important to note that using the disposable email address from EmailOnDeck can provide you with the opportunities and help that you may need.

Nothing is more important than keeping your identity safe and staying away from any potential spam. Thankfully, with a disposable email address, you will be able to eliminate both those problems fast and easy. You can expect multiple challenges to arise in the long term and in the end, this can be extremely challenging. As long as you have the right approach, you will see that nothing is impossible in the end. This is why you need to consider preventing any potential problems, which is why using a disposable email address can easily pay off a lot.

So, don't hesitate and get your free temporary email right now from EmailOnDeck. Take your time, avoid rushing and focus on having a stellar online experience. You will not be disappointed!

 
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