There are bad people out there in the world; bad people that look for backdoors in email image attachments to load up with malware. Google knows this and Google wants you to know it has your back. So with the company's latest Gmail update, it's re-routing images served from external servers to its own "secure proxy servers" for automatic display in your email. The benefit of which means you won't have to click to accept image downloads anymore -- they'll just be there as soon as you open your email. If you're a privacy nut (and why shouldn't you be?), you can still set Gmail to ask before downloading images. And if you've previously set that as default in settings, the good news is that preference will still remain default. This Gmail update's initially targeted for roll out to the desktop, but Google plans to implement the image server change across mobile sometime next year.
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