SpyPig is a simple tool that allows users to track when an email they sent is opened. The user can add SpyPig tracking to their message. When the recipient opens the email, a notification is sent back to the sender to let them know. SpyPig works with many popular email programs, including Eudroa, Yahoo mail, Outlook, Gmail, Hotmail and AOL email. The application does not sign the user or recipient up for spam or install adware or spyware when being used. SpyPig only works with HTML email. SpyPig stresses that the application is intended as a fun, entertaining way to track email activity. Users have sent messages with SpyPig to determine if someone truly wasn’t receiving their messages, if a special someone was reading love emails and to determine where email scammers were and whether they received a response message.
SpyPig was created by Christopher in New York. Although little detail is given about the reason the concept behind SpyPig was created, the site hints at a humorous purpose. A note signed by Christopher mentions that SpyPig was created for “all those paranoid individuals out there who can’t stand wondering all day if their very important email has been read or not.”
SpyPig offers a very simple service that has many uses. Users can now track when and if an email they sent was opened. The user knows for certain that their message was accessed and doesn’t have to confront the recipient to verify.
The SpyPig website uses soft blue and pink to create a playful appearance for visitors. Users will also notice that the site contains a number of banner advertisements. Although these are hard to miss, they aren’t terribly annoying and do not take away from the overall purpose of the application.
Visitors who want to use SpyPig do not have to create an account to do so. A new user will find the SpyPig Factory form right on the homepage. This form requires the user’s email address, their email title and a preferred SpyPig tracking image (which can either by uploaded or chosen from pre-set images). After generating a SpyPig tracking image, the user is asked to copy and paste the image into their email then send the email as they normally would. The image will track the message and send a notification back to the user’s email address when it has been accessed.
SpyPig offers a simply service that works very well. Although it is effective, it really lacks in any fancy features or other extras that could justify a subscription fee or usage price. Luckily SpyPig is kept completely free. Anyone can generate and send a SpyPig along with any email they like.
SpyPig is a helpful tool for anyone who wants to know if an email has been read. Users must know ahead of time that they will need or want verification because SpyPig must be sent along with the original message. Users receive a note back each time the message is accessed which can bring them peace of mind (or possibly more frustration, depending on the situation).