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Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail as Default Mailto In Any Browser

Would you like to open any email (mailto:) address to be opened in your favorite web mail service like Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Live Mail (MSN) in any browser like Firefox, Chrome, IE. Of course everybody say yes to this, because no one want to copy the email id and pasting it in mail after clicking the compose mail link. Here I list some solutions to make your favorite email service as your default email client.

Note: ubuntu user please scroll to end of this page.

Interface Method in Firefox

Go to Firefox -> ‘Preference’ (find it under ‘Tools’ -> ‘Options’, in windows and find under ‘Edit’ -> ‘Preference’ in Linux and Mac )

Select ‘Application Tab’ and type “mailto” in search bar shown there.

Now you can see “mailto” in the Content Type area and on the right side you can find a drop down box that consists of Gmail and Yahoo options. If there is no option like that then you have to create it by the config method given below and come back to this step.

Firefox config method

If you can’t find those follow this, type “about:config” in url of firefox, it must show some warning window, go through it and type “mailto” in the ‘Filter’ box. you can find something like “gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.1.uriTemplate” & “gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.1.name” in the preference area if not, just add it by following next step.
Right click any preference and choose “New” -> “String” and add following. For each Mail service you have to add 2 strings like this.
for Gmail
1st String

Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.1.name
Value: Gmail

2nd String

Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.1.uriTemplate
Value: https://mail.google.com/mail/?extsrc=mailto&url=%s

for Live Mail

Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.2.name
Value: Live Mail
Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.2.uriTemplate
Value: http://hotmail.msn.com/secure/start?action=compose&to=%s

for Yahoo Mail

Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.0.name
Value: Yahoo
Preference: gecko.handlerService.schemes.mailto.0.uriTemplate
Value: http://compose.mail.yahoo.com/?To=%s

now you can choose your mail service through the Interface method given at the start of this article.

Chrome Users

Chrome users can use one of this wonderful plug-ins listed in Chrome-Extension site, plugin1, plugin2.If none of the plugin works for you, follow this link.

Hotmail or Live in IE

Start Internet Explorer. Select ‘Tools’ -> ‘Internet Options’ in the menu. (In IE 7, hold down the Alt key to access the menu ). Go to the ‘Programs’ tab. Make sure ‘Windows Live Mail’ or ‘Hotmail’ is selected for E-mail. Click ‘OK‘.
Note that, the mail page opens only in Internet explorer.

In Ubuntu

Go to System -> Preference -> Preferred Applications in ‘mail reader’ copy and paste the corresponding following code, your default browser will open your preferred mail service.
Gmail :

gnome-open https://mail.google.com/mail/?extsrc=mailto&url=%s

Yahoo :

gnome-open http://compose.mail.yahoo.com/?To=%s

Live or Hotmail:

gnome-open http://hotmail.msn.com/secure/start?action=compose&to=%s

Test Yourself : Here is a sample mail link to test.  mailto:testmail@testdomain.abc. If you have problem in finding your solution comment it, our readers will help you.

Ethical E-Mail Hacking – Email Headers

In the previous article of this Ethical E-mail Hacking series, we learned how simple “reply to” address column is used to deceive a recipient of email. If you receive an email from a recipient, how will you find the sender, “From Address” is not the only option because as we seen in previous topic a hacker can change the from address very easily. Here the E-mail headers plays important role.

The email header is the information that travels with every email, containing details about the sender, route and receiver. It is like a flight ticket: it can tell you who booked it (who sent the email), the departure information (when the email was sent), the route (from where it was sent and how did it arrive to you) and arrival details (who is the receiver and when it was received). As when you would book a flight ticket with a false identity, the same goes for emails: the sender can partially fake these details, pretending that the email was sent from a different account (common practice for spammers or viruses).

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Every e-mail client including web based clients like Gmail, yahoo mail have feature to show full e-mail headers. Normally most of the e-mail clients hide this, because only the body of email is important to the readers perspective, like we check the papers in the letters and not the envelope, but these envelopes are very important. Given screen shots will explain how to make your client to show the headers. Normally the button will captioned with “View Full Headers”.

E-Mail Header Link In Gmail

Example E-Mail Header Link In Gmail

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E-Mail Header Link in Yahoo

Example E-Mail Header Link in Yahoo

Okay I hope you found “View Header” button in your email client. Now just click it to see the header of that particular email. The header of a mail might look like this. (example code from Google)

??Delivered-To: MrSmith@gmail.com
Received: by with SMTP id e3cs239nzb; Tue, 29 Mar 2005 15:11:47 -0800 (PST)
Received: from mail.emailprovider.com (mail.emailprovider.com []) by mx.gmail.com with SMTP id h19si826631rnb.2005.; Tue, 29 Mar 2005 15:11:47 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <20050329231145.62086.mail@mail.emailprovider.com>
Received: from [] by mail.emailprovider.com via HTTP; Tue, 29 Mar 2005 15:11:45 PST
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2005 15:11:45 -0800 (PST)
From: Mr Jones
Subject: Hello
To: Mr Smith

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Now read the header from bottom to top. This typical header explains that this email is sent to ‘Mr smith’ with subject ‘Hello’ (body of message was already shown in the mail). The next lines says that this is from ‘Mr Jones’ sent at so and so time. As we already seen this from address can be modified by the sender that means anyone can send this mail with the name ‘Mr Jones’ pretending the mail is from Mr Jones but actually it was sent by some ‘x’. This is like writing others name in the envelope’s from address section instead of writing their own name, so that the letter seems to be from others. So we checking the sender, and sender’s mail server and ip of the server. Here the server is ‘emailprovider.com’ and ip of it is ’′.

If you have difficulty in reading the headers don’t worry, it is not that much hard. Knowing some terms like ‘Return Path’, SMTP, HTTP, Message-ID, etc will help you. Please write your comments to provide you more better written-ed articles in future.

E-Mail Scheduling – Boomerang

E-Mail scheduling is one of the important feature I rely on and most of them want this? My search for email scheduling started a couple of years ago. There are few third party web based email services which offers this feature to send mail later. The thing initiated me to write this article is native e-mail scheduling feature.

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E-mail scheduling is scheduling a mail to send at particular time in future, to brief, if you want to send a birthday wish to your friend by email on next week then you can compose a email today and then program it to send on his/her birth day time in future. What I meant native is the feature should be in-built instead of looking help from the other web services than current email service.

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LetterMeLater.com is one of the service which provides this facility to any one. It supports any email service provider. All you need is to have an account in it. But it is some what difficult to use, because the functionality is not native to your web based or email client.

Boomerang for Gmail

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Boomerang for Gmail is a plug-in for both Firefox and chrome. It is the most simplest and easiest way to schedule your email in Gmail. If you want see the Boomerang in action there is a video presented in the Boomerang website. To have an access to boomerang you need an invitation because it is still in beta version. Sign up with your information to get invited to try boomerang.

Boomerang is also available for outlook as a trial for particular period. E-mail Scheduling is one of the functionality Gmail is going to adopt in future.

Annoying Fake E-mails

Why people receiving annoying emails daily? I receive more than 200 spam e-mails daily and most of you so. But I am not pointing those ‘Spam e-mails’  now,  those are secondary, the primary one is annoying e-mails from the people in our contact lists like our friends, colleagues, and others.

Yes, everyone of us experienced this, a mail from our dearest, friends, colleagues recommending us to forward those to our friends.. with one or other content listed below,

  1. mail which includes a sad story of somebody who needs money for operation, and a note to follow this to your friends, if did then AOL or other Internet service providers will agreed to deposit money in their account and most importantly with heart touching words which drive you to forward those to everybody.
  2. mail with some photo and with pressurized words to forward those pics to your  friends to avoid bad luck or to get a good luck in coming days.
  3. mail with some product info, and a para which says if you forward that to 20 people you will get a piece of that product like new model phone, laptop or any other gadget.
  4. mail with company name like MicroSoft, and says that for forwarding it you will be paid by them, and with people’s confirmation of  “yes its working” and others says “I received $100 in my bank account”.

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These are 100% fake. For ‘type 1′ mail no service provider like AOL or Google or anybody will accept to pay for such nonsense e-mails and practically they can’t track all the forwarded e-mails and then list the e-mail ids, they have lots of most important works in their to-do lists.

For ‘type 2′, this is purely concerns about the particular person’s mind, I am not going to comment those who forwards it, but for those I want to say Luck does not comes after you for forwarding a mail.

For ‘type 3′ again its the same reason given for ‘type 1′ and for ‘type 4′ you have to think this, how can somebody find a person’s account number from his e-mail id. No company will do this. A year before I received this type of mail asking to send my bank account number to someone after forwarding.

At last you may ask this question “If it is fake, then why people are doing this? who start this? who are the beneficent of this?” The answer is, some of the folks in the internet collects e-mail ids for sending annoying e-mail about products, drugs and other sell-able products(usually referred as E-mail Marketing). These ids are collected from this mail, this is why we get spam mails about adult websites and drugs.

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Check those mails they have thousands of e-mail ids of your friends and friends of friends. Not only the person who created the mail is benefited, also anybody in the forward loop will be benefited for those list of ids in the forwarded e-mails. Some of the hackers collect your bank account details by sending ‘type 4′ mails which leads to cyber crime like breaching your bank account. your ids also be listed when your friend decided to forward a copy of above listed mails to you even though you never forward it.

Till now me and my friends had never experienced the serious consequences of this like hacked bank accounts, and other accounts like paypal. Precaution is better then cure. So please be aware of these consequences. So stop forwarding those annoying e-mails here after and save your privacy and also your friends.

Enable Themes in Google Apps – Gmail

Are you excited by Gmail themes in your normal gmail account? Do you want the same feature in your Google Apps Gmail Account.

This hack is only for Google Apps mail users (Mail users of other domains other than gmail) and not for other normal users, because normal users normally have this feature enable under ‘Settings ‘ of your gmail account.

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Regarding themes in ‘Apps’  account, it was not pre-enabled for users. So they need to enable themes first. There is no direct link or option provided in the settings tab in your apps account like your normal gmail account. We are going to follow a simple step to do this.

Edit the following link by replacing “yourdomain.com” with your google apps account domain..


For example, here my apps domain is ‘alvistor.com’ so the resultant url is


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The next step is to sign in to my Google apps account and once you’ve reached your inbox, just paste the link in your URL bar. You will be now presented with list of themes available for your gmail apps account..

After this the ‘Themes’ link will be available under your ‘Settings’ link. You can change your gmail theme anytime…

If you have problem in this, just say it in the comments below