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Why do websites send Confirm email links?

Posted on 2013-05-14
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Last Modified: 2013-05-14

We are designing our sign up workflow.  Many websites today ask for your email address and then send you a link to click and confirm.  Why is this?  Is is just so the website knows its a genuine email address that belongs to the user or is it for other reasons, Legal reasons,  Future email deliverablity reasons etc?

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käµfm³d   👽 earned 2000 total points
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so the website knows its a genuine email address that belongs to the user
Yes. Or that the email address was typed correctly (even when there is a "confirm email" box).
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by:Loganathan Natarajan
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It is also to avoid the spammers/hackers. Mainly email link helps to identify the email owner whether he is entering other person email id.
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by:käµfm³d 👽
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It is also to avoid the spammers/hackers.
I'm not sure if that can be safely said. I could easily write a program that logs into my inbox an copies out the link that was sent to me. I think (Re)Captchas are more suited for this task.

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