On 2022-06-16, Wade Garrett <Wa...@cooler.net
> Have several IMAP Gmail accounts I read mail in the Mac Mail email client.
> How can I delete suspected malware emails from Mac Mail- but without
> opening them?
If you're running a recent version of Apple Mail with Protect Mail
Activity enabled in Preferences > Privacy, this isn't something you need
to worry about.
Here's how Apple describes the feature:
Mail Privacy Protection
Emails you receive may include remote content that allows the email’s
sender to learn information about you. When you open an email,
information about your Mail activity can be collected by the sender
without transparency and an ability to control what information is
shared. Email senders may learn when and how many times you opened their
email, whether you forwarded the email, your Internet Protocol (IP)
address, and other data that can be used to build a profile of your
behavior and learn your location.
Protect Mail Activity helps protect your privacy by preventing email
senders, including Apple, from learning information about your Mail
activity. When you receive an email in the Mail app, rather than
downloading remote content when you open an email, Protect Mail Activity
downloads remote content in the background by default — regardless of
whether you engage with the email. Apple does not learn any information
about the content.
In addition, Protect Mail Activity routes all remote content downloaded
by Mail through two separate relays operated by different entities. The
first knows your IP address, but not the remote Mail content you
receive. The second knows the remote Mail content you receive, but not
your IP address, instead providing a generalized identity to the
destination. This way, no single entity has the information to identify
both you and the remote Mail content you receive. Senders can’t use your
IP address as a unique identifier to connect your activity across
websites or apps to build a profile about you.
You can disable Protect Mail Activity at any time in iOS and iPadOS by
going to Settings > Mail > Privacy Protection, then tapping to turn off
Protect Mail Activity. On Mac, go to Mail > Preferences > Privacy, then
deselect Protect Mail Activity.
If you choose to disable Protect Mail Activity, the Hide IP Address
feature will still mask your IP address using the same
two-separate-internet-relays design. You can disable Hide IP Address at
any time in iOS and iPadOS by going to Settings > Mail > Privacy
Protection, then tapping to turn off Hide IP Address. On Mac, go to Mail
> Preferences > Privacy, then deselect Hide IP Address.
By using these features, you agree and consent to Apple’s and its
subsidiaries’ and agents’ transmission, collection, maintenance,
processing, and use of this information as described above.
At all times, information collected by Apple will be treated in
E-mail sent to this address may be devoured by my ravenous SPAM filter.
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