External image protection in Outlook.com

If you receive a message containing online images, these images might not be secure and could pose a risk to your personal data. Outlook.com helps protect your data by loading external images using an image proxy.

Choose whether to load external images using a proxy

You can choose if Outlook.com should always load external images using an image proxy or if Outlook.com should not use an image proxy to load external images.

  1. At the top of the page, select Settings > View all Outlook settings.

    A screenshot of the Settings button

  2. Select General > Privacy and data.

  3. Choose one of the following:

    • Select Always use the Outlook service to load images if you want to view external images in Outlook.com using an image proxy.

    • Select Don't use the Outlook service to load images if you don't want Outlook.com to load external images using an image proxy.

      Caution: If choose not to use the Outlook​​​​​​​ service to load external images, your personal data might be at risk.

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