Gmail change means faster images, fewer clicks, less risk, says Google

Niceness or is it XD


If you’re sick of clicking on those “display images below” links in your email, you’ll probably like the change Google(s goog) just initiated for Gmail.

The reason for those clicks is that until now, those images were served from third-party servers. But now they will be cached and scanned on Google’s secure proxy servers, Google said on a blog post Thursday. Gmail product manager John Rae-Grant explained the user impact:

So what does this mean for you? Simple: your messages are more safe and secure, your images are checked for known viruses or malware, and you’ll never have to press that pesky “display images below” link again.

Here’s the before:


Here’s the after:


Over at Ars Technica Ron Amadeo pointed to a plausible ulterior motive. When people download images from those third-party servers, they’ll get the image but also they give all those third-party servers lots of information about themselves. This…

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