THIS ARTICLE IS NOT SERIOUS DORKAGE. ANYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO IT. You’re probably here because you suspect someone (parent, spouse, sibling, roomate, etc.) is reading your email. That’s the problem. Before I describe the booby-trap I will insert this caveat: Problems like this are best avoided from the get-go. Did you ever consider logging out of your facebook, hotmail, etc., and/or not leaving your computer on all the time? Didn’t think so. Secondly, what kind of a significant other would spy on you? On the other hand, if you act suspicious you deserve it. If it’s parents or your sister who’s graciously letting you sleep on her couch you could move out. That would require you paying your own rent of course and may not be an attractive option for you. Thirdly why are you getting emails that you don’t want your near and dear ones to know about in the first place? OK, I withdraw that question. If you must get dicey emails, it’s not that hard to remove all footprints. That does require a bit of work and we’d all rather not do that. Nah…… these bits of wise living advice are usually ignored. You want to:
- continue living with the snoop so you can continue eating their food
- continue getting the dirty emails
- not clean up after yourself
- not get caught.
And besides, you would really like to trap someone in the act of snooping in your email, wouldn’t you?
This trap I’m about to describe is a simple one adapted from an article by Erik Larkin and Jeremiah Grossman. If your mom or significant other has any real hacking skills, they can get the bait without tripping the trap. But it will catch 99% of casual snoops.
What you’re going to do is make a “bait” email to yourself with a juicy-sounding “from” address. This email will have a juicy sounding subject as well as an attachment with a hidden counter in it. When your target comes snooping around, he or she won’t be able to resist opening the attachment, which, of course, trips the booby trap. Wham! You got ’em!
STEP 1: CRAFT THE ATTACHMENT
Sign up for a free account at a free stats counter site. If you don’t know one, use OneStat.com. They will send you a link which, when clicked, will give you your tracking code. Put this tracking code in a file called “sluttysexkittensteamypix.html”, “raulandbrandyhavingfun04-08.html” (or whatever name you think is likely to lure your victim.) Make sure the last part of the file name is .html and save it to your computer.
This is what mine looks like:
STEP 2: GET A FREE HOTMAIL ACCOUNT
Make the name something extremely sexy or juicy. Use your imagination. You know your victim and what is likely to tempt them.
STEP 3: SEND AN EMAIL TO YOURSELF
From your new sexy hotmail account, send an email to yourself at your main email that you think is being snooped. Make up an extremely juicy subject line, like “XXX pictures from last weekend.” The body can be “Please don’t let anyone see this. WINK WINK” Attach the html file with the tracking code. Make sure you receive the email. If it falls in your spam folder, move it to your “good” folder. If you don’t receive it, either hotmail, your ISP, or your email client might have thought it was too hot to handle and blew it away “for your own good.”
Once you receive the rigged email, all you do is sit back and wait. After a few days, log in at OneStat and see if anyone has hit your counter. If they have, it will look like this:
At the left is a menu and if you select Visits>Last Visitors you can see information about who tripped the counter and when they did it. Compare the ip address against yours. If they are the same, then you know someone at your location snooped on you and you probably know who it is. If the ip addresses are different you have a bigger problem.