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How To Turn Off Automatic Gmail Image Loading To Improve Security

Gmail, like all major email providers, had always been solid on blocking images within emails, until a recent announcement. You see, now, instead of asking you whether you wanted to load the image content or not, Google will automatically display images inline, since by the new protocol, the image will not be served from the remote server, but rather, cached on Gmail's servers and provided from there. While this does address the issue with spammers benefitting from content loading automatically, it still doesn't solve the privacy concern. Not to mention that a variety of users might also not be comfortable with Google having caching those images. Either way, you can change the default behavior (or rather, keep the old one) to your liking by selecting the preference for "ask before displaying external images" under Settings > General in Gmail. [see image below]

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