My Gmail setting has forever been set to send emails with just my Gmail address as the identifier, so it should not send out my account name (first or last name)... or so I thought!
Recently I got a reply from someone (to whom I had contacted for the first time and never disclosed my name) and they wrote my first name in their response (the "Dear xyz,"). How could this happen? Did they somehow hack my email to find out my name? (I was using Gmail app on iPad.)
After this happened, I checked my Gmail setting and the email I sent to him, and my name was not anywhere in it (the "To" and "From" sections just show my email address.)
This is so creepy. His email came from his company email address. Might their server have some special power to decode Gmail emails or something?