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How to extract email header data from your emails?

In this post I will share with you how to extract the email header information from your emails. This information is used to confirm WHO you are emailing and tracking the associated email address.

This data is extremely important if you have been a victim of a business email compromise scam.

Email header extraction is overall the same process no matter what email client you are using. This brief tutorial will show you how to extract email headers. All you are trying to extract is the complete email header that tells you effectively the route taken from the sender to your machine. Some email providers strip out a lot of the information, you can therefore only track the IP address as far as the email provider.

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How to extract email headers from Gmail

To extract email headers from Gmail:

  • Open the email message.
  • Click the down arrow adjacent to the Reply link in the upper-right corner of the email message
  • Click Show Original.
  • Copy and paste the header information into the Email Header Analysis Engine, and click Submit header for analysis
  • How to extract email headers from Hotmail

To extract email headers from Hotmail:

  • Login to your Hotmail account.
  • Click on Options tab on the top navigation bar
  • Click on the Mail Display Settings link
  • Change the Message Headers option to Full
  • Click the OK button
  • Copy and paste the header information into the Email Header Analysis Engine, and click Submit header for analysis
  • How to extract email headers from Microsoft Outlook 2010

To extract email headers from Microsoft Outlook 2010:

  • Click the File
  • Click Properties
  • Locate Internet Headers (bottom of the popup window)
  • Highlight, copy and paste everything from the Message Source window (Ctrl-A, Ctrl-C) into the Email Header Analysis Engine, and click Submit header for analysis

How to extract email headers from Microsoft Exchange

To extract email headers from Microsoft Exchange:

  • To get the complete headers and message source using Microsoft Exchange Click the File menu
  • Click Properties
  • Click the Details tab
  • Click Message Source
  • Highlight, copy and paste everything from the Message Source window (Ctrl-A, Ctrl-C) into the Email Header Analysis Engine, and click Submit header for analysis

How to extract email headers from Yahoo Mail

To extract email headers from Yahoo Mail:

  • Log into your Yahoo! Mail account.
  • Click the Mail Options link on the left-hand navigation bar.
  • Click the General Preferences link on the right.
  • Locate the Show Headers heading and select All
  • Click the "Save" button to put your new settings into effect.

How to extract email headers from Apple Mail 2.x

To extract email headers from Apple Mail 2.x:

  • Select the message that you would like to extract the headers of.
  • Press SHIFT-COMMAND-H (Shift Ctrl H) to toggle full headers for the message. Or you can click VIEW in the menu bar, click MESSAGE, click LONG HEADERS.,/strong>
  • Click the General Preferences link on the right.

How to extract email headers from Outlook.com (Hotmail)

To extract email headers from Outlook.com (Hotmail):

  • Select the message that you would like to extract the headers of.
  • Once you are inside the email click on the three dots at the top of the screen (to the right of Categories)
  • On the dropdown menu click on View Message Source, you will then be presented with the full email headers.

References

  1. The article "Get Important Email Info by Viewing the Entire Header" on Lifewire unveils the role of an email header, explains how to view and analyze it.
  2. The article "UNDERSTANDING AN EMAIL HEADER" on Media Temple explains how to analyze an email header.
  3. The article "How to read an Email Header" on The SSL Store blog defines email headers' components and analyzes a phishing email header.
  4. The article "How to read email headers? Email Client Examples" on Mailjet blog considers standard fields of the email header.

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