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Block Hubspot Email Tracking

573 129 April 16, 2020 at 01:20 PM
I use Norton Security on my Windows 10 PC, is there a custom rule I can add it the Firewall to block Hubspot from tracking me?

We work with a lot of people that use this and I hate being monitored.

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Email tracking relies on one of two things:
1. Loading images / other remote content
2. unique urls sent to each person that redirect somewhere. eg.: itrack.u/freecoronabeer?u=89gfjsdf89gusdfivhtu890sgfjsdozivxfklzvsildfjgsd890cugsdfjk

You're limited when it comes to tracking links if it's something you have to click.

As for the remote images (which are sometimes invisible), you can set your email client to not load remote images automatically.
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Not quite sure what you are asking, are you getting email that comes from the hubspot email servers?
What do you think they are monitoring, have you used wireshark or something else to see what traffic is going where?

looks to me it is web site tracking not email?

The HubSpot tracking code is unique to each HubSpot account and allows HubSpot to monitor your website traffic. The tracking code is automatically included on HubSpot blog posts, landing pages, and website pages.

you could use the hostfile on your PC to block any traffic from going to their web site

https://www.online-tech-tips.com/...-websites/

it is very easy to do and can also be a lot of fun you could redirect all google.com requests to bing.com
change facebook.com to myspace etc..
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Email tracking relies on one of two things:
1. Loading images / other remote content
2. unique urls sent to each person that redirect somewhere. eg.: itrack.u/freecoronabeer?u=89gfjsdf89gusdfivhtu890sgfjsdozivxfklzvsildfjgsd890cugsdfjk

You're limited when it comes to tracing links if it's something you have to click.

As for the remote images (which are sometimes invisible), you can set your email client to not load remote images automatically.
Thanks for the help!
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Not quite sure what you are asking, are you getting email that comes from the hubspot email servers?
What do you think they are monitoring, have you used wireshark or something else to see what traffic is going where?

looks to me it is web site tracking not email?

The HubSpot tracking code is unique to each HubSpot account and allows HubSpot to monitor your website traffic. The tracking code is automatically included on HubSpot blog posts, landing pages, and website pages.

you could use the hostfile on your PC to block any traffic from going to their web site

https://www.online-tech-tips.com/...-websites/

it is very easy to do and can also be a lot of fun you could redirect all google.com requests to bing.com
change facebook.com to myspace etc..
At my former job, I added a line in the host file of the Receptionist's workstation that redirected any FaceBook calls to the Home page of our Employer.
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At my former job, I added a line in the host file of the Receptionist's workstation that redirected any FaceBook calls to the Home page of our Employer.
Can you please explain how to do this?
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This site seems pretty good
https://www.webnots.com/7-ways-to...-computer/



the hosts file has no extension so if you just save it as just hosts, if you get a message you cannot save it there just save it where it suggests and copy the file it will then say you need admin rights and just say yes.
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Can you please explain how to do this?
Check komondor's Post. that was a good link to check out about hosts files.

Say I didn't want anyone going to facebook, but slickdeals instead.

I'd put in the host file:

www.facebook.com 159.180.84.9

That 159.180.84.9 is for Slickdeals's website.

So any call to facebook would actually go to SD instead.
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found this it might be easier

http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm#Related

go down to here

HostsMan is a freeware application that lets you manage, Edit and Enable/Disable your Hosts file.
Includes an option to turn off the unneeded DNS Client Service. [screenshot]
This also has an option to update the existing HOSTS file when needed.
Important! - make sure you select: Default action - Overwrite
Once installed locate the Hostsman location, right-click on "hm.exe" and select: Properties
Click the Compatibility tab and select: "Run as Administrator" [screenshot]

Note: seems abelhadigital.com no longer exists. I have saved a copy of Hostsman, the installer version,
since several other sites still offer Hostsman.
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Thanks everyone!
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If you just want to 'blackhole' something with a hosts file, localhost is the easiest option.

In other words, just redirect to 127.0.0.1
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