Author: Clarence Ling
Category: News
Published: 22 September 2015

REVIEW: Ugly Email. How to find out if your email is tracked

Summary: Ugly Email helps you detect whether your email is being tracked. Whether it is marketing emails or an email tracker, you can be assured Ugly Email will pick it up and protect your privacy. It is simple and no nonsense software, easy to deploy on any major email client

Ugly email tracking

Ugly email, a Google Chrome Extension that detects tracked emails

Ugly email is a Google Chrome Extension (Soon to arrive in Firefox) that detects which emails in your inbox are tracked. See below:

Ugly email google Chrome extension

The basic concept is that when a tracked email is detected, an "Evil Eye" icon pops up next to the email:

Evil eye email tracking

Ugly Email works only with Gmail:

Ugly email with gmail

The Ugly Email team is actively increasing Ugly Email's ability to detect tracked emails:

Ugly email email tracker

Below is how it works and is displayed in Gmail. I have read complaints that the integration of Ugly Email has caused problems with Gmail, but I personally had no trouble:

Ugly email in gmail

This is only a short review because Ugly Email does not do much else.

Oh, and by the way, Ugly Email is free at this point in time.In sum, my review is as follows:


  • Does what it says - detects tracked emails
  • Integrates with Gmail well
  • The extension is free!


  • Only for Google Chrome at this point in time
  • There have been reports of Ugly Email not integrating as it should - but I have not experienced this
  • Does not have any other features

Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

About the Author

Clarence Ling Marketer

Clarence Ling

Clarence Ling is the founder and business owner of CLASS Digital Marketing. He is a self trained Joomla Front End Web Designer and a Digital Marketer, constantly procuring the latest martech (marketing tech) and incorporating current developments in marketing. Based in Perth, Western Australia, he is also a real estate agent in Malaysia, selling Australian property overseas, attached to the largest and best East Malaysian real estate agency, Kozin Real Estate Sdn Bhd. Clarence regularly commutes between Australia, Malaysia and sometimes other parts of Asia in his line of work.

Phone (Australia): +61 413 665 375
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