Gmail No Longer Blocks Images in Emails
Article by George Norman
On 17 Dec 2013
In the past, Gmail used to block images in emails. The Google-owned email service did this to protect you from unknown and potentially malicious senders.

This default behavior has changed. Gmail now displays images in emails by default. And to protect you from the aforementioned dangers, it uses Google’s secure proxy servers.


By default, Gmail blocks images in email messages. When you receive an email with images, you will be asked if you want to view the images and you will be invited to enable an option to “always display images from this sender”. The reasoning behind this image blocking business is simple: by blocking images, Gmail protects you from unknown and potentially malicious senders who might want to use images to compromise your security.

The paragraph above describes a thing of the past – Gmail’s default behavior has changed for the better, without compromising your security.

You see, the Google-owned email service no longer blocks images, it always shows images in email messages. Google hasn’t given up on security, hasn’t given up on protecting your security. No, what Google has done is it changed how Gmail handles images. You see, Gmail now uses Google’s own secure proxy servers, thus enabling it to always display images in emails.

“So what does this mean for you? Simple: your messages are more safe and secure, your images are checked for known viruses or malware, and you’ll never have to press that pesky 'display images below' link again. With this new change, your email will now be safer, faster and more beautiful than ever,” explained John Rae-Grant, Product Manager.

This new feature started rolling out to desktop users around the world. When it reaches your inbox, you will be presented with a notification. While you wait, you may want to check out Google’s Santa Tracker for 2013 or check out the year’s top trending and top music videos on YouTube.

Tags: Google, Gmail, images, security
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