Remote Images in Thunderbird 2
Thunderbird 2 has taken remote image blocking to extremes. They have removed the option to allow remote images to display from the options dialog in an attempt to force users to add every address from which they they want to see images in emails to their address book. The idea of a whitelist is good but it needs to be separate from the address book -- at least I don't want my address book cluttered with lots of addresses I will never use.
I would rather lose a little privacy (loading remote images will let the sender know you read the email) for the convenience of just seeing the images and the convenience of not using my address book as a image whitelist, unfortunately the Thunderbird 2 designers decided that people should really not do this and removed the checkbox to turn this privacy protection feature off from the Options dialog.
The option is still available, however. It is just not easy to get to. Here's how to turn this feature off:
- Go to the Advanced Configuration Editor. (Bring up the Options dialog via the Tools menu, select the Advanced area in the dialog. Select the General tab of the Advanced area. Press the "Config Editor" button.)
- Scroll down through the configuration options until you find:
- Click on that option to highlight it.
- Right click on that option and select "Toggle" from the menu. The option should change to "user set" (from default) and its value should change from "true" to "false".
- Close the Advanced Configuration Editor. Select "Okay" in the options dialog.
Now remote images will display in any message you receive.