Little bugs are normal in all working frameworks, and when we discuss OS X Yosemite, bugs are regular things and Apple basically gives a fix to those. But this time the bug is serious that it can even release your private information including IP locations and other system details to spammers and hackers.
In the spotlight feature of Apple's latest OS X Yosemite, there's a privacy glitch. In the wake of conducting a couple of tests, it was discovered that the bug can release some very sensitive data, however, fortunately there's a quick fix for it.
What's OS X Spotlight Glitch and Will you Face any Problem?
In straightforward words this is a small bug which has gotten to be so big that now even your privacy is on the line. If you are a regular user of Apple's Mail app, there's a very good reason for you to worry. This issue affects OS X mail users and if you use the Mail app, you are on the target.
According to the folks who have tested this bug, the bug shows up when you utilize the Spotlight search in OS X. The spotlight features includes emails in the search results and email previews are displayed with external images being automatically loaded.
The main problem is that the email previews do not stop loading even if you turn it off in the Mail app settings. So essentially all emails (including those in the Junk folder) will show previews.
Given that the external images are being stacked automatically, spammers can send “tracking pixels” along with spam emails that can be utilized to gather data when individuals open an email. So not only does this glitch uncover your system's IP address, but also your points of interest, for example, bank info, accounts, and other personal data.
How to Fix Mac OS X Yosemite Spotlight Bug
As we have already mentioned in the beginning that Apple addresses bugs very quick and most of the time it comes up with a good solution. But until that happens we have a quick fix for you which can get you covered. As of now, you can block the Spotlight feature from including emails in search results and thus no spammer or hacker will be able to get a track of your data via “tracking pixels” in emails.
Here's how we do it.
Step #1. Go to your System Preferences.
Step #2. Click on Spotlight to alter spotlight settings.
Step #3. Uncheck the Mail & Messages option for Spotlight.
This will fix the Spotlight bug and consequently, no emails will be loaded in search results. What's more, this makes sure no external content is loaded as a result. Apple has yet to comment on this Spotlight privacy glitch but we will update you as soon as they do.