Fortunately, Hotmail can block these remote images, reducing the risk to zero. Instead of the image, you'll see a blank space, so you can still read the email (and you can still selectively view certain messages including all images).
Protect Your Privacy Against Web-Bugs and Remote Images in Hotmail
To protect your privacy in Hotmail by shielding against web-bugs and remote images:
- Select Options from the top Hotmail navigation bar.
- Go to the Mail category.
- Click on Mail Display Settings.
- Make sure Remove images until messages are reviewed is selected under Display Internet Images.
- Click OK.
Note that this setting does not apply to mail from people in your Hotmail address book. Images in these messages are always displayed.