Gmail Shows Images By Default

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Google now serves images through a proxy server to improve both security and the user experience. Marketers might not like the change, though.
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Google Barge: 10 Informative Images

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Google has changed the way it handles images in Gmail to create a better user experience, potentially at the expense of marketers.

Until now, Gmail by default has asked users whether they want to display images in messages. The company took this step, explains Gmail product manager John Rae-Grant in a blog post, to protect users from those who might use images to compromise security.

Loading an image requires a call to a remote server to fetch the file, an act that might reveal information about the requesting user and computer, and might bring malware disguised as an image. Over a decade ago, privacy advocates warned about the threat posed by Web bugs, 1-pixel images that…

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