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Disable emailed images by default! Why?


Here's why. I received this email today:

Subject: Yo
From: Debra

I knew it wasn't from anyone I knew, but I went ahead and clicked on it. All it had was an image that was disabled through my email default settings. When I viewed the source code of the message, here's what it said:

<img src="http://www.slytalent.com/unsubscribe.php?email=me@domain.com">

me@domain.com was actually my email address, and this was obviously a web beacon. If I had images set to load by default, this would have told the sender that my email address exists and is active, which would have made it worth more money to the spammers who buy email lists.

For this reason, make sure your email is set to disable images by default. Every email provider and email client (to my knowledge) makes it easy to enable images on a case-by-case basis, or to put certain senders (like Runboard.com) on a safe list.

Of course, I did send a report to the abuse contact for slytalent.com's domain registrar, since that's where the web beacon was hosted.

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Re: Disable emailed images by default! Why?


Check this link out if you use the Gmail's Web client.

http://www.wired.com/2013/12/turn-gmail-auto-image-loading-off/

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Re: Disable emailed images by default! Why?


Thanks, Mark! emoticon

Stop by any time! emoticon

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