Yahoo! Mail provides options for blocking images that appear in e-mails sent to your Yahoo! account. This feature stops the images from actually loading. It not only prevents you from viewing unsavory images, but also helps to protect against the malware embedded in some images, which can harm your computer or alert the sender to your account activity. However, Yahoo! also provides you with a simple, single-click option to unblock images that you consider safe, after you've opened an e-mail and reviewed sender information and other contents.
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Log into Yahoo! Mail, select the "Inbox" folder and then click on an e-mail's Subject line link to open the message.
Look above the Subject line for a yellow alert bar. On the bar, you should see a triangle icon with an exclamation mark inside of it and the following text: "To protect your privacy, Yahoo! Mail has blocked remote images in this message."
Click the "Show Images" link after the alert notice to unblock the images in the body of that e-mail.
Tips and warnings
- To prevent future blocked images, click the "Options" link on the yellow alert bar and then "Spam" on the left sidebar in the Mail Options screen that opens. Check off one of the following options in the SpamGuard section: "Always show images, except in Spam folder" or "Show images only from my contacts." Click the "Save Changes" button when finished.
- You must continue to unblock images in Spam folder e-mails individually, at the top of each e-mail on the alert bar, even if you turned off the blocked setting in Mail Options.
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