Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Gmail new photo handling will save users time and aggravation

I was intrigued when I opened my email this morning and saw that Gmail now offers pictures inserted directly into the email. Previously, when we opened a gmail with photos in it, it looked like this:

That's because there is a certain security risk with opening pictures from unknown senders. I always understood it but it was kind of annoying to continually have to click on that "display images below" or "always display images from... " button.

According to Google's Gmail blog, the improvement is because of an improved photo handling process.


So now, when opening email displaying photos, it will look like this.

No more annoyance of having to click to approve the images, and time is saved. Suspicious types will disable the feature because they won't trust Google with their security. I'll take their word for it. Google says images will come through their own proxy servers and get scanned for viruses and malware.