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Avatar Privacy

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Avatars from are great, but they come with certain privacy implications. You as site admin may already know this, but your visitors and users probably don't. Avatar Privacy can help to improve the privacy situation by making some subtle changes to the way avatars are displayed on your site.

The plugin works without changing your theme files if you use a modern theme, and it does support multisite installations. For the plugin to do anything for you, you need to visit the discussion settings page in the WordPress admin area and enable Show Avatars. Please note that the plugin does not provide an options page of its own, it rather adds to the existing discussion settings page.


The plugin's features summed up:

  • Self-uploaded avatars for users (and custom default images), hosted on your server.
  • Users and commenters explicitly opt-in before using gravatars.
  • Gravatar caching to ensure the privacy of your website visitors.
  • Don't publish weakly encrypted e-mail addresses of comment authors.

A more detailed examination of the reasons for using Avatar Privacy can be found on the plugin homepage.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Avatar Privacy FAQ can be found on the plugin homepage.