ReadNotify Certified Email Service Review

It can tell you if your email was opened, read, or forwarded

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What We Like
  • ReadNotify lets you know (even under all circumstances) whether an email you sent has been opened

  • You can prove you sent a message with ReadNotify or make mail self-destruct, unprintable

  • ReadNotify offers an easy to use Windows or Apple tool as well as email shortcuts

What We Don't Like
  • ReadNotify does not allow recipients to opt out of "invisible" receipts

  • Messages with restricted recipient access interfere with normal email workflow

  • You cannot edit certified ReadNotify messages after they have been sent

ReadNotify tells you when your tracked emails and documents are opened / re-opened / forwarded and more. ReadNotify will endeavor to provide the following in your tracking reports:

  • Complete delivery details
  • Date and time opened
  • The approximate geographic location of the recipient
  • Map of location (available on paid subscriptions)
  • Recipients IP address
  • Referrer details (ie; if accessed via web email account etc)
  • URL clicks
  • How long the email was read for
  • How many times your email was opened
  • If your email was opened on a different computer (such as forwarded)


  • ReadNotify provides email tracking and proof of sending as well as reading.
  • A ReadNotify Windows of Apple tool plugs into many programs and catches all outgoing mail seamlessly.
  • You can also send via ReadNotify by appending "" to the recipient's address.
  • ReadNotify can prevent printing and copying of email text; emails can auto-destruct after reading.
  • You decide whether ReadNotify tracking is transparent to the recipient or "invisible".
  • "Ensured-receipt" messages are kept at ReadNotify servers and thus tracked under all circumstances.
  • ReadNotify uses PGP signatures including time-stamps to prove sending and the opening of emails.
  • In addition to the recipient's location, ReadNotify can track forwarding and attachments.
  • The ReadNotify utility supports Windows 9x+ and makes tracking emails seamless in any program.


ReadNotify lets you know an email you sent was opened, and thankfully it does in a way that lets the recipient know, too. But ReadNotify does a lot more than that.

Using certified messages and digital signatures, ReadNotify offers proof that and exactly when you sent a message and when and where it was opened, for example. Using ReadNotify you can also send messages that self-destruct after having been opened once. Additionally (or independently), ReadNotify can make it rather difficult to copy or print the message contents.

But ReadNotify does the basic tracking better, too. ReadNotify offers countless options that exploit (or employ) every conceivable way of getting email programs to reveal their user's actions. If you need to go the absolutely surest route, "ensured-receipt" ReadNotify messages will let you know about the message status no matter what the recipient uses or does.

If all this sounds a bit complicated and settings-heavy, it is not. ReadNotify comes with a smooth Windows or Apple tool that plugs into many email clients and web-based email services but catches all other outgoing mail seamlessly and without effort but with easily set options as well. Users of other platforms need not worry either: sending an email through ReadNotify is as easy as appending "" to the recipient's address.