WHAT IS SPYMAIL?
Spymails (or stalkermails) are emails containing hidden tracking codes that collect metadata about your email engagement. When you open a spymail, the sender of the email receives metadata that lead to privacy infringement and data LOSS.
Location: Your physical location based on IP address
Open: If, when, and how often you open the email
System: Device, operating system, and browser info
Subsequent comm: If and where you forward the email
WHAT SPYMAIL LOOKS LIKE
Would you feel comfortable with your email security if it leaked this much metadata?
Spymail tool Read Notify dashboard (click to zoom)
WHY SPYMAIL IS DANGEROUS
Spymail puts businesses at risk of both financial disasters and customer reputation nightmares because the metadata it collects can:
Expose businesses to legal liability if opened or forwarded by employees
Enable outsiders to track physical locations of employees
Reveal sensitive internal email activity to outsiders
Empower sophisticated social engineering and phishing attacks
Did you know that spymails are often used by marketers and spammers to target engaged recipients with more follow ups? It works like this:
- When you open a spymail, you are tagged as “engaged” by the spymail sender;
- The spymail sending software adds you to a list of follow up (spam) recipients;
- Persistent sales reps often prioritize cold calls to people more “engaged” in such emails.
This may be ok for one employee, but multiply by your company’s headcount, and you’ll see substantial productivity loss from your team getting more spam emails and phone calls.
A SPYMAIL ENCOUNTER
MailControl’s Chad Gilles describes how he first encountered spymail while working as a patent attorney.
HOW EPS STOPS SPYMAIL
MailControl’s Enterprise Privacy Shield disarms all spymail: