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8/16/19
Spam email safety? 1 Recommended Answer 1 Reply 3 Upvotes
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To preface I asked a similar question last night but I don't feel like it was answered entirely/It was also SUPER late, so I'm asking again for convenience. Not trying to spam.

Anyways,

I'm using an Android phone, Galaxy S7, I used the Gmail app in this case. I was curious about the content of e-mails in my spam folder and opened a few to view them. I hadn't had the "ask to display images" setting on, so the e-mails I opened displayed images. They were clearly either scams or phishing bait. I didn't tap on anything besides the drop-down that shows the full address I received the e-mail from.

I know now that
1. I shouldn't open them at all for best safety measures,
2. I should have the "ask to display images" setting on (I do now)
and 3. Some information can be collected from just opening those kinds of e-mails and allowing images to be loaded even if I don't click on them.

What I'm wondering is: What information is/can be collected from my opening the e-mails? Should I be worried? How can I fix any issues? And is there anything else I should know of/do to avoid viruses/scams/phishing in the future?

Thank you for any advice.
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