E-mail in many ways is similar to the traditional mail that the whole world was using not so long ago. E-mail has a contents and both sender and receiver addresses. The sender’s e-mail address is available for a general user’s access and anyone can view the sender’s e-mail address by checking the source. It is hidden by default and not as evident as some users might want. This setting might also be named something differently by specific e-mail providers. Today we look at how to find this option using popular e-mail services.
Google’s e-mail service is a de facto leader of the industry and offers an extensive list of features that any user may want. There are a few issues with it though. For example, you can no longer use it with Thunderbird and possibly other e-mail clients. You can still view the e-mail source if you know where to look. Be advised that this method will not work if the sender sent their mail using Gmail (Google decided to hide the sender’s IP address).
Navigate to the e-mail you’d like to track, click the triangle menu beside the ‘Reply’ button and choose ‘Show Original’ from the drop-down menu:
A new page with full e-mail headers will be opened. Look for ‘Received from’ string:
Now let’s find out the physical location hiding behind those number. There is a number of web-sites providing resources to do so. For example, http://whatismyipaddress.com/
You can also do the same using other e-mail providers.
This is the second largest e-mail service and it also allows you to trace the e-mail source. To do so, navigate to the specific e-mail, click ‘More’ and choose ‘View full header’ from the drop-down menu. You might use any IP checking online service to identify which physical location that address corresponds to.
This service is not as big as the two mentioned above but it’s fairly popular and yes, you can identify who sent an e-mail to your Hotmail box. To do so, log in, browse the list of e-mails, right click on the specific e-mail you’d like to check and choose ‘View message source’. E-mail headers should appear. Look for ‘X-Originating-IP’ or ‘Received: from’
Yet another familiar e-mail service that also allows tracing emails back to the sender. To do so, log in, navigate to the specific e-mail, and on the top panel choose ‘Action’ tab and click ‘View message source’ from the drop-down menu. Once you see the headers, look for ‘X-AOL-IP’
Stay safe using Privatoria services
You can always hide your real IP address if you use a VPN service. Therefore, if you’d like to use an e-mail provider that is different than Gmail, try Privatoria. Just like Gmail, Privatoria secure e-mail does not include sender’s IP address into the mail headers when the e-mail is sent. Therefore, your IP address cannot be tracked if you send an e-mail using Privatoria Secure e-mail.
It may come as a surprise but most e-mail providers do allow the tracing of the e-mail you received. Those who send e-mails using Gmail are safe, though, as Google decided not to expose the addresses. That creates certain troubles for those who do not want to use Gmail for one reason or another.
Privatoria is also available as a free trial!
You may also be interested in our previous post: What do we know about e-mail sender and the recipient?
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