Gmail drops "display images" option for iOS and Android; new policy to start next year

Gmail drops "display images" option for iOS and Android; new policy to start next year
Know that "display images" option that comes with your Gmail messages? Gmail said that it always asks whether you want to view an embedded image just in case it was going to be used to infiltrate the security of your phone or tablet. But improvements in the way that Gmail handles images has allowed Google to drop the option and Gmail will now automatically show any images that are embedded with a message. The images will come from Google's own secure servers.

Once this policy starts,  iOS, Android, and even desktop users of Gmail will see images appear on their received messages without having to okay them  first. And at the same time, the images are being checked for all known viruses and malware by Google. But if you are basically cynical about Google's ability to block malware, or you believe that people are inherently evil, or you think that someone is after you, you can go into the Gmail settings and select "Ask before displaying external content," and you will be asked once again to approve all images before they are shown.

The new policy on images is starting today for desktop PCs and will begin rolling out to iOS and Android mobile apps early next year.


source: Google, GoogleSupport via AndroidCentral

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3 Comments

3. sniperdroid

Posts: 146; Member since: May 23, 2013

Well that was a waste on an email that's more suited for a text. Plus "oregamifan" really? I just feel like hating today :)

2. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

"But if you are basically cynical about Google's ability to block malware, or you believe that people are inherently evil, or you think that someone is after you..." Or if you have VZW or ATT and have a data cap could have also been used. Or if you have Sprint and have slow data in your area.

1. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

LOL I can't wait for someone to say "Google is trying to let people get into my information" soon. But that is a nice move, I got tired of constantly having to click it if someone or a website I subscribed to would send me something and I have them in my contacts to send me emails.

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