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Prevent automatic download of pictures in HTML messages

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Prevent automatic download of pictures in HTML messages

Is it possible for the webmail interface to protect users' privacy the same way that Outlook 2003 (not Outlook Express) does.

I.e. when HTML messages are received, by default, Outlook 2003 does not display any graphics unless they are embedded in the message.

As I understand it, this thwarts spammers' technique of validating recipient addresses by including 'beacon' graphics in messages that actually reside on web-servers which are requested when you open or even preview a message.

Outlook 2003 has a button which only when clicked, displays the 'prevented' graphics if you trust the sender. There is then an option to add them to a trusted list.

This would substantially reduce one of the risks of opening or previewing spam messages.

Apologies if this is an existing measure I have missed.