Turn Off Images In Email

Most of the Emails we receive have one or more images in them. I have known for some time that the people who send the Emails can track things on your computer through the images in the Email. They can determine that you received and acted on the Email when you interact with the images. Sometimes the images even carry malware. That is why many security conscious people turn off Email images. If you wish to do this, then read on friends.

Images Off

Most decent Email Apps have a setting to turn images off. In Apple Mail go into the Preferences area and select the Viewing Tab:

Mail Remote Images
Mail Remote Images

Just uncheck that box and your Emails will not load the remote images. Here is the thing. If you have deactivated the loading of images in an Email Apps settings, most Email Apps will have a link or some way for you to display images in specific Emails.

In the Spark Mail App go into Preferences/General and uncheck the box in the Privacy Area:

Spark Remote Images
Spark Remote Images

Spark puts this setting in the “Privacy” area, they get it. If you have deactivated remote images in Spark, you can enable images for specific Emails as previously mentioned:

Display Images
Display Images

You probably cannot read that text, but it says “Display Images Below”. When you click on that link the images for that Email are displayed.

The Airmail Email App has a similar “Load Images” Setting in the Appearance Tab:

Airmail Images Setting
Airmail Images Setting

The bottom-line is most Email programs allow you to stop images from downloading. I have left that setting on, but I monitor my Mac closely and I run malware Apps frequently. However, if you feel more secure with the load image settings off (you are more secure actually) then go into your Email Apps settings and turn it off. If you dislike the look and feel of that, then just turn it back on.

By the way, if you use Gmail, you can turn off the image load feature from their web interface:

Just go into the Settings area and then General. Scroll down the page, you will find the setting you need.

Conclusion

We are all looking for ways to make our Macs more secure. Turning off the “Load Images” setting will help do that. You just have to balance inconvenience with security.