Use a Chrome extension to find out about the person behind an email address

When you receive an email from someone you don’t know, it is natural to be curious about them. You could spend the time looking up the sender online, but why go to all of this trouble when a simple browser extension can do the chard work for you? Vibe is a wonderfully useful extension for Chrome which can be used to display information associated with an email address — be it in your inbox, or on a website.

You can download Vibe free of charge from the Chrome Web Store — visit the link and click the Free button followed by Add.

Although Vibe is available for free, you will need to create an account in order to use it. With the installation complete, click the Vibe button in the Chrome toolbar and then click the Sign Up link.

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To ensure that Vibe’s installation is properly complete, it is a good idea to restart Chrome. You can then select, or hover the mouse over, and email address you encounter online. You’ll notice that the mouse cursor changes from a familiar arrow to a vibe icon. Wait for a moment and a popup will appear at the top of your browser.

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Where possible, Vibe will tell you more about the person who owns the email address, and provides you with link to their social media accounts.

Vibe can be used to look up 30 email addresses each month, which should be enough in most circumstances. A very handy tool to have installed — you never know when it might come in useful.

 

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