Did you know that many advertising emails contain hidden elements that can be used to track you? Simple manipulations exist to protect your privacy. Today, Futura reveals them to you and explains the procedure to follow on Gmail and Outlook.
Today, it is not uncommon to receive several dozenevery month, even every week for the unlucky among us. Among all of these emails, some don’t just try to sell their products, they also verify that you opened their email, then look at when you read it and where you ended up. found at that time. They use for this specialized systems that generally integrate a tracking pixel hidden in or a link. When is open, the lines of code contained in the pixel transmit information about you to the company.
At present, progress has been made to limit this practice., for example, makes images pass through its own proxy, which hides your location from certain screening. Extensions of , like Ugly Mail and PixelBlock, were also developed for this purpose. But there are also very simple operations to perform in order to prevent the automatic loading of the images contained in your e-mails. While this method does not prevent all tracking devices from being engaged, it will still shut down many.
Futura tells you in this article how to proceed for the two most popular messaging services,and .
Disable automatic loading of images in Gmail on PC
First, open a tab in yourusual, then connect to your . On your main messaging page, click on the gear icon at the top right of the screen. A contextual menu appears, then go to “Settings”.
On the General tab, scroll down to locate the “Images” section. Then select the option “Ask for confirmation before displaying external images”.
At the bottom of the page, click on the “Save changes” button to validate the change.
Disable automatic loading of images in Gmail on Android
Launch the appon your , then tap the “hamburger” menu icon (the three horizontal lines) in the upper left corner of the screen.
In the menu that appears, scroll down until you locate the “Settings” gear icon. Tap on it.
Select your Gmail account in the settings.
Again, scroll down to the “Pictures” section and then tap on it.
A smallappears, then select the option “Ask for confirmation before displaying external images”.
If you are using the Gmail app to manage multiple email accounts, then repeat the process for each of them.
Disable automatic loading of images in Microsoft Mail
The “Mail” application of
Start Mail by clicking on the envelope icon in the taskbar or on your desktop. Then click on the gear icon located in the lower left area of the interface. The parameters are then displayed in the right part of the screen, select “Reading pane”.
Scroll down to the bottom of the options and ensure that the option status “Automatically download images and formats fromexternal, except for S / MIME mail “and” Automatically download external style images and formats for S / MIME mail “are disabled.
If you are using the “Mail” application to manage multiple mail accounts, then be sure to check the “Apply to all accounts” box.
Disable automatic downloading of pictures in Outlook on Android
Launch the Outlook application on yourAndroid, then click on the hamburger icon located at the top left corner of the interface.
A menu is displayed, then press the gear icon at the bottom left.
Then click on the account of your choice to change its settings. Note that you will have to repeat the operation for each account.
Finally, move the slider in front of “Block external images” to the right.
Mozilla Thunderbird: an alternative solution
The email clientThunderbird, in addition to being free and offering a very large number of , is set by default to block external images. You will decide for each of the emails you receive whether you want to display them or not. You also have the option of setting the software to show only images from senders who are in your whitelist, that is, those you trust.