• Delete Possible Malware Emails from Mac Mail

    From Wade Garrett@21:1/5 to All on Thu Jun 16 13:17:17 2022
    Have several IMAP Gmail accounts I read mail in the Mac Mail email client.

    How can I delete suspected malware emails from Mac Mail- but without
    opening them?

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  • From Connor Shannon@21:1/5 to Wade Garrett on Fri Jun 17 13:54:51 2022
    On Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 10:17:21 AM UTC-7, Wade Garrett wrote:
    Have several IMAP Gmail accounts I read mail in the Mac Mail email client.

    How can I delete suspected malware emails from Mac Mail- but without
    opening them?

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    Just go into the folder that has them and click on them and delete them. They only open if you double click. Also I wouldn't worry anyway its a Mac.

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  • From Your Name@21:1/5 to Connor Shannon on Sat Jun 18 11:06:26 2022
    On 2022-06-17 20:54:51 +0000, Connor Shannon said:
    On Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 10:17:21 AM UTC-7, Wade Garrett wrote:

    Have several IMAP Gmail accounts I read mail in the Mac Mail email client. >>
    How can I delete suspected malware emails from Mac Mail- but without
    opening them?

    Just go into the folder that has them and click on them and delete
    them. They only open if you double click. Also I wouldn't worry anyway
    its a Mac.

    If you're using the reading pane, then the message will open/display as
    soon as you click on them.

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  • From Your Name@21:1/5 to Wade Garrett on Sat Jun 18 11:17:26 2022
    On 2022-06-16 17:17:17 +0000, Wade Garrett said:

    Have several IMAP Gmail accounts I read mail in the Mac Mail email client.

    How can I delete suspected malware emails from Mac Mail- but without
    opening them?

    Unlikely to be malware - more likely just spam.

    Not sure if it will work, but in Mail you could try ...

    - clicking on an email you DO want to keep (so that displays
    in the reading pane),

    - then hold down the Command key and click on each message
    you do NOT want to keep,

    - lastly, still holding down the Command key, click on the
    first message again to unselect it, (I don't know if this
    will then display the next message in the selected ones)

    - then delete the messages.


    Since it is Gmail and IMAP, you could log into the website and delete
    them from there instead. Quit Mail first so that it will update itself
    when you re-open it after deleting the messages.

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  • From Jolly Roger@21:1/5 to Wade Garrett on Sat Jun 18 18:04:42 2022
    On 2022-06-16, Wade Garrett <Wade@cooler.net> wrote:
    Have several IMAP Gmail accounts I read mail in the Mac Mail email client.

    How can I delete suspected malware emails from Mac Mail- but without
    opening them?

    If you're running a recent version of Apple Mail with Protect Mail
    Activity enabled in Preferences > Privacy, this isn't something you need
    to worry about.

    Here's how Apple describes the feature:

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    Mail Privacy Protection

    Emails you receive may include remote content that allows the email’s
    sender to learn information about you. When you open an email,
    information about your Mail activity can be collected by the sender
    without transparency and an ability to control what information is
    shared. Email senders may learn when and how many times you opened their
    email, whether you forwarded the email, your Internet Protocol (IP)
    address, and other data that can be used to build a profile of your
    behavior and learn your location.

    Protect Mail Activity helps protect your privacy by preventing email
    senders, including Apple, from learning information about your Mail
    activity. When you receive an email in the Mail app, rather than
    downloading remote content when you open an email, Protect Mail Activity downloads remote content in the background by default — regardless of
    whether you engage with the email. Apple does not learn any information
    about the content.

    In addition, Protect M
  • From Percival John Hackworth@21:1/5 to All on Sun Jun 19 03:04:18 2022
    On 17-Jun-2022 at 1:54:51PM PDT, "Connor Shannon" <cshannon1898@gmail.com> wrote:

    On Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 10:17:21 AM UTC-7, Wade Garrett wrote:
    Have several IMAP Gmail accounts I read mail in the Mac Mail email client. >>
    How can I delete suspected malware emails from Mac Mail- but without
    opening them?

    --
    Beware of counterfeits and patent infringements.
    - Sam'l Colt

    Just go into the folder that has them and click on them and delete them. They only open if you double click. Also I wouldn't worry anyway its a Mac.

    I had my Apple Mail setup to NOT download external links and content when I'm viewing the new mail headers. This was under MacOS 10.13's Mail. That option was moved to individual mail account configurations under MacOS 12. Read this post:

    https://www.igeeksblog.com/stop-mac-mail-app-from-downloading-attachments/

    If you turn off automatic downloading of attachments, then when you click on
    an email to read it's body, it won't download images embedded in the email. This is a sneaky way for a spammer to know that you read the email as they can track the IP address of your system in their web server log files. Turning off downloading automatic attachments means you have to click on them or click a button to explicitly download attachments.

    Malware is usually downloaded as a document rather than an image. If you
    attach a Microsoft Office Macro or javascript to a PDF file, you have to explicitly click on it to download it. If you rename it to a .JPG or .GIF
    file, I think mail is smart enough to know that the attachment's "magic
    number" doesn't match it's MIME type. I think MacOS' Office apps explicity won't execute macros unless you enable them. If you don't click on an attachment, you won't open it.

    Before you open a Word document or Excel spreadsheet, you could, if you're extra paranoid, run the document through a Malware scanner:

    http://www.decalage.info/python/oletools

    This requires knowlege of git and python.

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  • From Wade Garrett@21:1/5 to Jolly Roger on Wed Jun 22 07:50:27 2022
    On 6/18/22 2:04 PM, Jolly Roger wrote:
    On 2022-06-16, Wade Garrett <Wade@cooler.net> wrote:
    Have several IMAP Gmail accounts I read mail in the Mac Mail email client. >>
    How can I delete suspected malware emails from Mac Mail- but without
    opening them?

    If you're running a recent version of Apple Mail with Protect Mail
    Activity enabled in Preferences > Privacy, this isn't something you need
    to worry about.

    Here's how Apple describes the feature:

    ---
    Mail Privacy Protection

    Emails you receive may include remote content that allows the email’s sender to learn information about you. When you open an email,
    information about your Mail activity can be collected by the sender
    without transparency and an ability to control what information is
    shared. Email senders may learn when and how many times you opened their email, whether you forwarded the email, your Internet Protocol (IP)
    address, and other data that can be used to build a profile of your
    behavior and learn your location.

    Protect Mail Activity helps protect your privacy by preventing email
    senders, including Apple, from learning information about your Mail
    activity. When you receive an email in the Mail app, rather than
    downloading remote content when you open an email, Protect Mail Activity downloads remote content in the background by default — regardless of whether you engage with the email. Apple does not learn any information
    about the content.

    In addition, Protect Mail Activity routes all remote content downloaded
    by Mail through two separate relays operated by different entities. The
    first knows your IP address, but not the remote Mail content you
    receive. The second knows the remote Mail content you receive, but not
    your IP address, instead providing a generalized identity to the
    destination. This way, no single entity has the information to identify
    both you and the remote Mail content you receive. Senders can’t use your
    IP address as a unique identifier to connect your activity across
    websites or apps to build a profile about you.

    You can disable Protect Mail Activity at any time in iOS and iPadOS by
    going to Settings > Mail > Privacy Protection, then tapping to turn off Protect Mail Activity. On Mac, go to Mail > Preferences > Privacy, then deselect Protect Mail Activity.

    If you choose to disable Protect Mail Activity, the Hide IP Address
    feature will still mask your IP address using the same two-separate-internet-relays design. You can disable Hide IP Address at
    any time in iOS and iPadOS by going to Settings > Mail > Privacy
    Protection, then tapping to turn off Hide IP Address. On Mac, go to Mail
    Preferences > Privacy, then deselect Hide IP Address.

    By using these features, you agree and consent to Apple’s and its subsidiaries’ and agents’ transmission, collection, maintenance, processing, and use of this information as described above.

    At all times, information collected by Apple will be treated in
    accordance with Apple’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at www.apple.com/privacy.
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    Cool, thanks!

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