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macOS: How to Stop Emails From Tracking You in the Mail App

In macOS Monterey, Apple introduced a new email privacy feature called Mail Privacy Protection, which prevents companies and advertisers from tracking how you interact with their emails. This article explains the feature and how you can control it.

Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature is designed to allow users to disable the covert tracking that third-party apps have traditionally relied on for ad targeting purposes. But the follow-up can also continue in your inbox.

Unsolicited marketing emails will sometimes know if you opened their email and, if so, when you did. They may even know where you were at the time, thanks to the tracking methods employed by third-party marketing platforms.

Much of this tracking is facilitated by remote images that load when viewing an email, and some of it is even sneakier, with advertisers using invisible tracking pixels. When the message is opened in your email client, the code in the pixel silently sends identifying information such as your IP address to the company.

To prevent this behavior, Mail Privacy Protection masks your IP address and loads all remote content privately in the background, routing it through multiple proxy services and assigning an IP address randomly.

Instead of your actual IP address, senders will see an IP address that matches the region you are in, giving them approximate information about you that is not specific and cannot be used to build a profile of your behavior .

To enable Email Privacy Protection in ‌macOS Monterey‌, follow these simple steps.

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  1. Throw the apple To post application.
  2. To select Mail -> Preferences… in the menu bar.
  3. Click it Private life tab at the end of the row of tabs.
  4. Click to check the box next to Protect email activity.

Note that if you leave the Protect Mail Activity option unchecked, you can still independently opt to Hide IP address and Block all remote content using the respective checkboxes.

Finally, keep in mind that even with email privacy protection enabled, email senders can still monitor your behavior with tracked links if you end up clicking on them, but tracking discrete that you are probably not aware of will no longer be able to occur.