What does it mean when my email client tells me that parts of the email are unencrypted?

by on June 8, 2010

Q: On certain emails I get a message/warning that the content is in part unencrypted and may be easily seen by others. (not verbatim) Does this mean that there may be spyware or some kind of tracker placed in my computer when I open these emails?


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    Short Answer: No, your computer is perfectly safe. You should be able to turn off this warning messages.

    Longer Answer: These warnings are popping up because the e-mails your reading are HTML e-mails with images in them. The text in your e-mail is coming to your computer via HTTPS:// (encrypted) connection, but the images in the e-mail are coming directly from the website of the company that sent it (unencrypted).

    If that doesn’t make any sense, don’t worry about it. It’s not an issue.

    For peace of mind for keeping your computer free from spyware we suggest you use Microsoft Security Essentials (free) for your anti-virus / anti-spyware needs. http://bit.ly/btJ6Jy