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Re: graphics in gmail, etc?

From: Kevin Brubeck Unhammer
Subject: Re: graphics in gmail, etc?
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:54:59 +0200
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W. Greenhouse <>

> 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.

You can also type `W D W' in the article or group buffers to display all
hidden images. Might be handy to set that to something shorter if you do
it a lot.

Kevin Brubeck Unhammer

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