Email has become one of the top ways to communicate with friends, coworkers, family, and businesses. Whether you’re sending and receiving photos and videos or waiting for a coupon code from your favorite store, keeping up with your inbox can be a daunting task.
If staying on top of our inbox wasn’t enough for us to deal with, now we must combat those annoying spam emails we receive thanks to sharing our email addresses with different contacts and businesses. Some emails you receive are capable of sending information back to its sender. This information can tell spammers something as simple as you opened it or as complex as your approximate location. Pretty scary huh?
Does this sound like a piece of valuable information you don’t want to share? If so, you can easily turn off this feature by going to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Scroll down to Load Remote Images and toggle this setting off if it’s currently on (green/on and white/off).
Once this feature is turned off, images imbedded in an email won’t automatically load when you open the message, which will stop the sender from receiving information on your approximate location. This information won’t be shared unless you choose to load the images. Not all emails with images are setup to share your location with spammers. It all depends on if the email is formatted to send back to its sender.
It’s always a good practice to verify the sender before opening opening any attachments included in an email.