How to Prevent Mac OS X Mail from Downloading Remote Images

Emails and newsletters in the fancy HTML format look good in Mac OS X Mail, and they are easy to read, but HTML emails can also compromise your security and privacy by downloading remote images and other objects when you're reading them.

Mac OS X Mail has an option for the security and privacy conscious email user that disables downloading of any content from the net.

Prevent Mac OS X Mail from Downloading Remote Images

To prevent Mac OS X Mail from downloading remote images:

  • Select Mail | Preferences... from the Mac OS X Mail menu.
  • Go to the Viewing category.
  • Make sure Display remote images in HTML messages (or Display images and embedded objects in HTML messages, depending on the Mail version) is not selected.
  • Close the preferences window.