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I have been very happy about the collective realization of e-mail software that automatically loading images puts you at risk for more spam simply by having tailored image tags expose to the spammer the fact that you read the e-mail.
Online web mail has been a little slower to come along, especially the versions run by various ISPs. The workarounds, like turning the web browser's own image loading off, are annoying.
I am thus pretty happy that my internet provider has put in a feature into its beta web mail software where images are not automatically loaded.
In the provider's spam trap folder, I have a message about some crappy penny stock scam. The images are set not to load, so there is only a small chunk of text with just a little request:
Please Enable Links and Images to Confirm Your Email!
Ha, ha! How about: NO.
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