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OK I know I'm not computer literate; but I recently learned that spyware can be placed within email images. Is the scope of this large or is it minor? Thanks!...
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    What kind of spyware is put in email images?


    OK I know I'm not computer literate; but I recently learned that spyware can be placed within email images. Is the scope of this large or is it minor? Thanks!
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    Typically you can put a 1x1 image which is transparent and has a unique identifier in it's address which is pointed at a web server and you can record when the email is read.

    As far as I know that's it. Still, if it's a spam then that's enough as it shows an active email address.
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    If you set your email program to display HTML, it will go onto the net and fetch
    any images sent in your mail. When they read their logs, they will know the IP addresses
    of those who have fetched the image, and know you have read the mail.

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    That's real sneaky spooky stuff!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cousinlucky View Post
    That's real sneaky spooky stuff!!
    And is why most, if not all modern mail clients do not display remote images by default.
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