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Opening emails with pictures gives the sender your IP?

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    Opening emails with pictures gives the sender your IP?


    So I'm wondering if this is true or not, I use hotmail/outlook email, and alot of spam emails have images, and I've heard a sender can get your ip just by you opening their messages, is this true?

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    If the pictures are accessed online (meaning you didn't dowload them as attachments) then definitely yes. But that's not the main problem...

    When accessing online pictures in an email, it confirms to whoevers hosts the pictures that this specific email has been opened, this usually results in even more spam mails being sent to your email adress. Those kind of pictures can be hidden and as small as a pixel to prevent you noticing them.

    You should check that your email reader has either disable images or disable html checked to prevent that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oneeyed View Post
    If the pictures are accessed online (meaning you didn't dowload them) then definitely yes. But that's not the main problem...

    When accessing online pictures in an email, it confirms to whoevers hosts the pictures that this specific email has been opened, this usually results in even more spam mails being sent to your email adress.

    You should check that your email reader has either disable images or disable html checked to prevent that.
    Ah I'm not worried about spam really, it's just these "hackers" are trying to get my IP address lmao, so shouldn't Outlook/Hotmail block Images by default then, also not too sure how to disable images in Outlook.
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    I guess if you're worried about your IP being leaked you could also use an anonymous proxy, most internet applications can use them. Google for some free ones.
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    Most large companies like Google & Microsoft use image proxies which transcode all images for safe viewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ectech View Post
    Most large companies like Google & Microsoft use image proxies which transcode all images for safe viewing.

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    How about Hotmail/Outlook then, I can't find anything to be quiet sure I know gmail is safe
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    I don't know if you used these exact terms in Google:

    Gmail:

    https://www.google.com/search?client...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

    Outlook:

    https://www.google.com/search?client...n+outlook+mail

    I use Gmail & haven't had any problems with hackers.
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    Eh still kinda confused if hotmail is good or not but should be good, Thanks everyone, it's still not letting me give anymore rep points
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jcwisgod View Post
    Eh still kinda confused if hotmail is good or not but should be good
    To be clear, Hotmail/Outlook is developed by Microsoft so you should be safe.

    Thanks everyone, it's still not letting me give anymore rep points
    Contact an Admin if your having issue's with the site.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jcwisgod View Post
    Eh still kinda confused if hotmail is good or not but should be good, Thanks everyone, it's still not letting me give anymore rep points
    Did you give out too many reps in the last 24 hours ?

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