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Re: graphics in gmail, etc?

From: W . Greenhouse
Subject: Re: graphics in gmail, etc?
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:47:41 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Hi Sharon,

Sharon Kimble <> writes:

> What should I do to get graphical images in specifically gmail, and
> secondarily my normal mail settings please?

There's nothing different between the two kinds of mail groups here.
Gnus does not auto-load images for mail groups because this is a way to
track you; having a mail user load an image from a unique url is a
classic spammer's tactic to know whether a message has been received.

See the variable `gnus-blocked-images'. By default this is set to call
the function `gnus-block-private-groups', which loads images only in
news (NNTP, RSS, etc.) groups. Because these messages are sent to many
recipients, the possibility of tracking one user with a special image
URL doesn't exist. If you set `gnus-blocked-images' to nil, this would
remove the block, but also put you at risk for this spamming tactic.

I would recommend just keeping the default and clicking on the link to
manually view the image, after you determine that it's from someone you
actually know and not a piece of spam or a phishing message that got
through filters.


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