Blocking remote images

When using your web browser to look at emails, you have the option to block any images that weren't sent with the email.

Companies often keep images and files on their webservers rather than sending them with the email. They can do this for two reasons:

  1. It keeps the email itself small as the image isn't being sent to your inbox, but just as a web link.
  2. Every time you load the image from their server, they are notified that someone is viewing it. They use this information to tailor their content and to track how successful their email campaigns are.

Note: If you do choose to load the remote images, our servers load the images on your behalf, so the image host still doesn't know your internet address or your browser.

If you'd like, you can block remote images. Though some people prefer seeing images in their email, you may choose to block remote images, whether it's so your mail will load faster, or any other reason.

You can customize how we block the remote content in your Settings → Preferences screen, in the Privacy section.