Toggle HTML graphics on/off in 

HTML formatted e-mail may be pleasing to the eye, but they are one of the spammer's main tool to help them validate your e-mail address. Two recent Apple KnowledgeBase articles explain what the risks are and how to toggle the graphics on and off.
A previous Checkbox article (March 2000, in French) explains in detail how you can loose your anonymity simply by reading your e-mail.

A recent MacMegaSite tip provides you with an AppleScript to automate the operation:
tell application "Mail"
set showgfx to not (download html attachments)
set download html attachments to showgfx
if showgfx is true then
say "Graphics on"
say "Graphics off"
end if
end tell

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