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What’s changing?   Beginning i n  January 2021, we will  be  rolling out  two e mail tracking-related  security  improvements  over the course of several months .   In Q 3  of  2020 ,  a new  version of the Outlook Plugin will be available that also contains a security improvement.    This document serves to provide a high-level overview of the changes that are coming.  We will follow up with additional information as th ose  date s  draw near.     Background: Email Link Tracking   By default, links in emails have tracking embedded  which  allow s  you to see who clicked which link, how many total links were clicked, etc.   Link tracking is  configured  via the Insert/Edit Link dialog box  from within the email editor .     Predictive Image Tracking   When using Content AI, you can configure email images to be predictive.   Predictive image s have an URL and are   configured via the  “Make Predictive”  menu item within the email editor . Alternatively, you can  select  “Enable Content API” menu item within the email editor. Changes:   Tracking Link  Length   When link tracking  or predictive image  is enabled, the  original  URL specified is  converted into a “tracking link ”   that points  to a Marketo tracking server.  The format of  a  tracking link looks something like this:   http://mkto-q1234.com/Y0b020YU00000001NPR0wR0  After this change, the identifier  at the end of the URL will be slightly  longer .   Tracking Parameter Expiration   When a tracked link  or predictive image  is clicke d   from  within an email , the Marketo tracking server  logs a  “Click Email”  or “Click Predictive Content”  activity  and then  redirects  user  to the original URL  specified.   The tracking server appends   the “mkt_tok”  query parameter  which is  used  in conjunction with  Munchkin JS   to associate  the  Munchkin cookie with the   known lead that  clicked on the email link , and with the  campaign  that  sent  the email .    After  this change, mkt_tok  will expire  6 months after the email was sent.    As a result, if  a  lead  clicks on a link  in an email that is older than 6 months,  the webpage visit activity will be anonymous, and campaign  association will not occur.   This is  the same behavior as  when  tracking  is  disabled.   Outlook Plugin   With these changes a new upgrade of the Outlook plugin will be released. The new plugin will no longer support offline mode, and users will be required to have an active connection to the internet when sending emails. Users who do not have an active connection will see the following message when clicking the Marketo Send and Track button:       Why is this change being made?   The t racking parameter e xpiration  and tracking link change   are  additional step s   in providing a  more consistent and more secure experience with  Marketo’s  forms.   This change is a continuation of the work done last year when we released  Form Pre-Fill Feature Upgrade .   The  Outlook Plugin   update  was  made  to  standardize on using common  email  tracking-related  functionality  across  our  products.     What customer action is required?   Aside from the Outlook Plugin upgrade, no additional action is required.   The new plugin will be available as part of the Q3  2020  release so customers can upgrade. As part of the Q4  2020  release users will receive a message in Outlook asking them to upgrade before continuing to use the plugin.      How does this impact customers?   Tracking Links and Predictive Image s   If a tracked email link or  a  predictive image is clicked  by an anonymous lead  in an email that is over 6 months old,   the known lead will not be associated with user’s Munchkin cookie .  This is the same behavior  when  tracking  is  disabled.   Form Pre-Fill   If  a  tracked  email link or  a  predictive image  i s clicked  i n an email that is over 6 months old ,   and the  click   sen d s  user to a landing page  containing  a form with pre-fill enabled,  the form will not pre-fill.   This is the same behavior as  when  tracking  is  disabled .   Outlook Plugin   All users must  update  the Outlook Plugin   by  Q1 2021.  
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