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What is the purpose of these weird non-spam emails?

A mail made it through the spam filter and i wonder what the purpose is. It is not spam. Tracking? But how? Who? and why? In the source code there are this weird passages like ... =EA=85=9F ...
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SPF - Will softfail get inherited when included? [migrated]

If I add the SPF-policy v=spf1 include:_spf.google.com -all to my domain, will the -all have some effect or will the ~all from _spf.google.com get "inherited" to my domain?
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Yahoo mail hacked - how to recover, how did it happen and how to prevent?

I was yesterday informed by some friends that they received spam mails with my name as sender. The sender addresses look like firstnamelastname@spacepc.pt and firstnamelastname@revistaplot.com with ...
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Mod Security - How can I email alerts from logs for incident response? [on hold]

We are in a production environment and I have mod_security WAF storing logs in /var/log/foo.log . We are wanting to have alerts that we have fine tuned , upon being logged to be sent to us via email ...
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LAMP MailServer without SSL… so what's the problem?

I want to set up a MailServer on Ubuntu for my website, and access the email from my POP3 client without enabling SSL encryption (I suppose the SSL is used to encrypt the password?). My questions ...
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How can people send me spam emails from the future?

Is this an exploit of the email system of some sort? I receive a great deal of spam every day, and my accounts in Yahoo and Gmail sometimes show me spam emails from the future. Yes, the future. ...
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How should end users respond to Earthlink's “Allowed Sender” feature when blocked by policy?

Some of our users are requested to click on an Earthlink antispam URL below https://webmail.pas.earthlink.net/wam/addme?a=USERNAME@earthlink.net&id=<SOME GUID> However our firewall ...
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Is there any way to formally ensure privacy to my clients by technical means?

Imagine you are a software solutions company. One of the solutions you provide are domains, email and forwarding mail to their Gmail accounts. After we have created a domain and several email ...
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Resellers and web admins and email privacy

Maybe I'm missing something, but this is "my problem". If you ask some company to create some domain for you and several e-mail account with that domain and forward that information to your gmail ...
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Security of Yahoo's new authentication: On-demand password

Yahoo is trying to remove passwords from authentication and use on-demand password authentication system instead. I wonder how this new system will be secure? Even if somebody steal your mobile can ...
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Multiple OpenPGP encryption keys signed by a single certificatation key?

Say I have several different email accounts and I want to use a different encryption key for each of them but still have them all certified under one identity. Is this a good idea and how would I do ...
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How dangerous is checking email on open Wi-Fi network

How risky is it to check my email on my smartphone on an open Wi-Fi network (i.e. Starbucks or Old Navy)? Is this only risky if someone is snooping? Do they have to be there, or can they leave a ...
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Question about email app in Python and security

I've managed to get my tiny little app to send an email with a click of a button using this code (this is just the email part): http://pastebin.com/nR5g28ct But to avoid some error, I had to allow ...
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Are there any examples of when personal email data can be brought into a lawsuit involving a corporation?

If users bring their own device (BYOD) and they have corporate Exchange (or Goodlink email) on that device, could the other email accounts on that device be open to a legal search? Would the SMS ...
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How can secure email be used while avoiding government attention?

Presumably all unencrypted email is available to federal agencies including IP addresses, header information, and email content (eg, through SMTP with or without SSL and TLS -- thunderbird has an ...
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Tracing an email's MAC address

Can someone trace the MAC address of an email to the point of origin if the email address has been deleted? I received an email from an unknown sender regarding an issue at my work, and when I tried ...
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Allow email client to send and receive data through modem-router firewall [migrated]

I'm working to allow my email client (Thunderbird) to send and receive data from remote servers, but when my modem-router firewall is turned on it doesn't work. As a result, I must setup a custom ...
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Is Google intercepting my emails? [closed]

I was recently checking my Recent Activity under the "Details" tab inside my Gmail inbox, and I noticed this IP Address, it's not my IP: I proceeded to look up the IP and it's located in Mountain ...
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How accurate the recent activities location provided by Microsoft emails

One of my emails is on hotmail.com provided by Microsoft. Recently, after few suspicious incidents where my computer was hacked and many other accounts, I changed all my passwords including this ...
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What stopping someone from offering distributed and encrypted email? Just like Bitcoins

Basically Email service that is ran over a network, so it's not owned by any one entity. Everyone can use it and send email to someone else. All messages travel through a web of interconnected ...
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indicators of compromise via email servers

Malicious files are commonly infiltrated on to the network via email attachments. Besides awareness and education to my staff to refrain from clicking on suspicious attachments, I would also like to ...
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How to prove my Gmail has been hacked?

I believed that someone had hacked my Gmail because they were using information contained within my emails in an attempt to try to convince me that they were psychic. I told them that I didn't believe ...
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Under what circumstance might your email not make to your intended recipient? [closed]

I'm asking because it's one thing to eavesdrop on someone's email, but it's another thing to prevent your email from getting to your recipient. For example, I sent an email to a colleague and he and I ...
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Is my ISP trying to impersonate google?

Everything has been well for years and today I wake up with this: A warning on EM Client (also got the same on my iPhone) that the certificate for googleapis.com isn't valid. And the certificate ...
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Email injection in simple terms?

Can someone explain why spammers use email injection? I am a victim and was wondering if there was any other malicious point besides annoying me and filling up my e-mail?
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Why is my website getting spammed?

Does anyone recognize this type of spam? NAME: Bagas EMAIL: dq95zxm7l@gmail.com PHONE: JCBUIR6ulwtO COMMENTS: I must express apaotcipeirn to the writer for bailing me out of this particular ...
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How was my email intercepted? [closed]

I've recently sent an email to a non-Protonmail user, using a code phrase. Someone on the recipient's home network was able to intercept the email and responded to me in detail as to the content of my ...
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Why do security experts like Snowden use email services like Lavabit and Hushmail rather than self-hosted email?

Why would anyone like Edward Snowden rely on 3rd party services like Lavabit or Hushmail to host his email? I mean it's very easy to set up a self-hosted email server. What you need: Rent VPS (even ...
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Reset links in password expiration emails

Our organization is rolling out yearly password expiration to our 40,000+ users this fall and we have been socializing this change for some time now. However being such a large organization, our users ...
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How safe is it to use shared SPF record domains?

I'm wondering the following, what if shared SPF records like below are used? v=spf1 include:_spf.google.com ~all v=spf1 include:spf.mandrillapp.com ~all v=spf1 include:servers.mcsv.net ~all Can it ...
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Is it possible that the person I write to will see the email before I write to him?

Is it possible that the person I write to will see the email's content before I reply to him? If I got an email and I answering that email, is there any feature that can cause my reply to be seen by ...
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DMZ and mail servers

I've seen a few DMZ related questions here in the past, but wanted to ask one directly related to email. I've done some research on this, but wanted to ask the forums opinion. I know it's best ...
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Unsubscribe safely

I have heard that is better to never click to any link in an email. Is it a bad idea to click to a unsubscribe link? What is the best way to unsubscribe to undesired mails?
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is it easier to eavesdrop on ethernet connection rather than wifi?

I heard someone say that ethernet connection is vulerable if someone can connect to your LAN, and that the traffic isn't encrypted in the way it might be if you're using WPA wifi encryption. Is this ...
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Email confirmation techniques in major sites

The way I understood traditionally for email confirmations to work is the user registers to the site with their email and then to login they must verify their email. If they have not verified ...
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What IP address is a new email account associated with? [closed]

If records are subpoenaed from google will they reveal internal IP or external IP addresses of a email account? For example if an email address is made and an email is sent using and iPad and home ...
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Potential employer wants me to email my SSN with an application form, is this a major security risk?

I'm job hunting at the moment and I've come across several potential employers that have PDF's that you would download, fill in, and then email to them. I feel EXTREMELY uncomfortable sending my ...
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What are some ways to spot email spoof attacks?

I use Gmail and I started getting malicious-sounding emails from people I know intimately. The people I spoke to said they did not send those emails. In order for the attacker to carry this off, are ...
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How to determine if mail was encrypted during transport using the header information?

First things first: I know about the difference between end-to-end-encryption and transport encryption. Back to topic: I already read some things about how mail server handle transport encryption, ...
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How to send an encrypted mail only knowing the PGP fingerprint?

How does one send an encrypted email with PGP, when he only has the recipient's fingerprint? I am already sending emails using PGP, but I've just pulled a contact's PGP fingerprint who I need to ...
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Authenticating Hotmail's certificate and connection security

I've recently received the following error message from hotmail.com (or live.com) after I have logged in using Chrome browser, consistent using different accounts and computers (regardless of 2FA or ...
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Is there a way to attack STARTTLS + certificate pinning probed from multiple places?

I just had this discussion on IRC and I have to admit I did not understand why other users were not convinced this would be enough... Let's say I would like to protect e-mails sent out from my ...
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Is there a online filter to check email attachments?

I've just received an email from an old employer. There is very little information in the message sent just: See attached file for your review. Kind regards, Mick with an attachment. I ...
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Are these statements correct [closed]

Are the following three statements more or less correct: -To send someone an encrypted email basically entails having access to their public key (either smime or pgp). Thus for all practical ...
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Hijacked Aol Email Account - Lack of security?

First, I'm very sorry if this is not the place I should ask this, but it seems to be the best choice. My Aol email account was hijacked during the night two days ago : the password has been changed ...
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Any Security Risks for using mailto:?

I use a PHP script which performs a database search and when no result are found, user is presented with a mailto link with this format mailto:example@test.com?subject=SEARCHED_QUERY_HERE The ...
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Is this a case of simple email spoofing or has my email account been compromised?

I just arrived home and when got to my computer I checked my mail box and it was with a message coming from my own email address that was sent almost at the same time I got home. I promptly ...
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mis-use of email address to obtain services from Groupon [closed]

I recently bought a new domain name "familyname.net" and I redirect emails to this domain to my normal email address. Recently I received various emails, one of which came from Groupon to confirm the ...
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How to detect self destructing emails? How to prevent from self destruction?

Recently I came across a gmail extension for Chrome browsers which claims to send self destructive emails. I tested by sending self destructive emails to my email account and it works fine Now my ...
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What mail applications use crypto?

I just read that everyone in the world can ready my mails (if intercepted in traffic by eavesdropping?). Also, it reads that current versions (book's from 2004 so I assume that new versions adopt ...