One of the most annoying things about Gmail is definitely that extra step needed to show images from your sender on both mobile and desktop versions of Gmail – click or tap to show images in an email or opt to always show attachments from a particular sender. Google has recently updated its Gmail service, removing that annoying step, showing all images automatically. Previously, that extra step is used to ensure that users do not get attacked by malwares in email attachments, so what has the internet giant done to ensure that users are still secure?
Instead of hosting images in an external server, Google is re-routing images to its own “secure proxy servers”. This allows Google to check for viruses and malwares beforehand so they can safely and securely be shown in your email automatically when you open them. Of course, for those of you who are still wary of Google’s move, you can always turn the “ask before displaying external images” feature back on in the settings menu.
Google is said to be rolling out this update to the desktop version of Gmail right now and will reach its mobile apps in early 2014. How many of you are glad you do not have to click to show images again?