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Is there any security benifit to sent email message only as attachement?

A well known company in Oil and Gas field, sends the email message as PDF attachment, with brief explanation, here is an example: Dear Mr Name, Please review the attached document acknowledging ...
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Paypal sent an email addressing me with one of my old passwords as my name

I got this email from service@intl.paypal.com, with the title: Your account has been limited until we hear from you. I think this is a scam / spoof email because I don't see any notification in my ...
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How can an email from a Yahoo address be sent through Yahoo without authentication?

I received this bounced email, yet I have a password with 105 bits entropy, my sign in history only shows local sign ins, I do not have any linked accounts nor apps, and I have not been to ...
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Email Spoofing Modified Headers

I have be reading more and more about email spoofing and was curious how some things are done. I know in PHP you can simply do mail() and then include "From: spoofsender@provider.com" for example, ...
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Is there anything standing in the way of email encryption going mainstream? [closed]

PGP has been around for almost 20 years, but email encryption is not used by most 'regular people'. At the moment, with Snowden's NSA revelations (which should not be a huge surprise to anyone), the ...
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Should my company have an SSL on our email

We have a new IT guy that insists we do not need an SSL on our email. Quite a few people access their email from outside our office(network) via mobiles and home computers, often from WIFI ...
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What are the security risks for a business that has an insecure email system [closed]

For instance if the email system uses POP3 legacy protocol and SMTP but is not encrypted, yet the business continues to use it for daily purposes both internally and externally, what could be the ...
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How do application specific passwords work in Google accounts? [duplicate]

I turned on 2-step verification and had to setup an application specific password for Outlook. I noticed the password generated is actually weaker than the one I had before turning on 2-step ...
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IP Address Same on Different Devices? [closed]

The IP address appears to be the same in the e-mail header even when e-mail is sent from different devices. Shouldn't the IP address reflect the device IP? The e-mail is set up through an exchange ...
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Should email verification links be 'time limited' after user registration?

Regarding web application user management, I understand that password reset links are effectively "password equivalents", and therefore it makes sense to limit them to one use only and also make them ...
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Will SHA1 of Email Addresses Always be Unique?

We want to store data about a person without storing their email address, but we want to latter connect that person with their data upon them supplying their email address. Storing a SHA1 of their ...
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Is there any mail service accepting real id? [closed]

Most webmail services like gmail, facebook, yahoo,.. allow anonymous to create a mail address. If there is a security breach, user may lost important information on that address. They may add phone ...
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Secure Custom Registration Links

I'm working on a website that allows a current user to invite another individual to be friends by typing in the non-user's email address. The non-user would then receive a custom registration url by ...
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list of PKCS7 certificate file extensions

RSA (the company) devises and publishes the public key cryptography standards. In those standards PKCS #7 is a standard which defines how to encrypt and sign messages using PKI. PKCS#7 defines a ...
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Google Mail alert message. Hacker from China

I have had a red warning box on top of the page when I access GMail. It says that there have been three attacks from China: IP Address: 117.70.121.33 Location: Xuancheng, Anhui, China and ...
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Which information does a whois lookup reveal about the registrant of the domain?

A friend of mine recently got her Gmail account "hacked" because of a weak password (the same as her login..). While sanitizing her account, I removed the forwarding of her emails to one email ...
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How can get email about latest vulnerabilities [closed]

Today my friend got email for the latest vulnerablility heartbleed. But i could not find where i can subscribe so that i can also get emails about latest vulnerabilities Can anyone please help me ...
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Email hacking/masking prevention

Can someone please explain to me how its possible that someone hacks a server and uses its email to send emails from a address thats not listed on the server and how to prevent it. When I look at the ...
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Registration Password

Is it best to create an application that allows a user to sign up with username and email at the beginning and password once you click the generated email sent to you or should the password entering ...
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Is Google overreaching by forcing me to use TLS?

Gmail was recently changed to require HTTPS for everyone, whether they want to use it or not. While I realize that HTTPS is more secure, what if one doesn't care about security for certain accounts? ...
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Is storing plaintext passwords for email accounts any less bad? [duplicate]

I recently found out that the company I use for shared hosting stores passwords for email accounts in plaintext (they mentioned this to me incidentally, while troubleshooting another issue). They're a ...
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Webpage sent me my password in clear text can it be secure? [duplicate]

I registered for a webpage years ago and have been using it without issues, today I made some changes to my account and they sent me an email containing my username and password in clear text. I ...
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Can viewing an email message in Outlook 2013 install malware on my computer?

I routinely get spam messages which state "Your account for [Insert game here] has been flagged. If you don't click this link/send us this info/go to this website in the next 72 hours, your account ...
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3000 new contacts being added to gmail after receiving an email

Recently I realized that there are three thousand contacts with same name and email address in my Google contacts. The name belongs to an email that I have recently received and responded to, nothing ...
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HOWTO : Email encryption in a browser

I have read about encryption and I think it's a good idea for me to encrypt my email. I run ubuntu 12.10 and use Firefox for browsing. In my quest for learning how to use gmail/hotmail to send and ...
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Best practice for sending IP Addresses

IP Addresses are pretty common around the internet so they're often easily found in plain text. However, let's say there's a number of IP addresses configured on a server to allow access through a ...
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Which mail clients support PGP/MIME - is there an overview? [closed]

Does anyone know if there is a current overview (I only found ones from before 2006) which MUAs (mail clients) do support PGP/MIME? I wonder whether there still exist issues like "Outlook Express ...
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Email activation string with MD5'd random number and email secure?

For the registration on my PHP powered website, I require email confirmation. After a user registers, a string is generated with the following code and sent to their email address. $key = ...
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How likely would /var/mail be encrypted in a paid host? [closed]

I pay for a very basic web hosting plan, which includes a personal email address. Would the sysadmin of said host be able to read the content of my messages? How likely would my personal mail folder ...
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Can the wifi administrator in a shared office see mail sent through outlook?

I am hot desking in the same office as a potential competitor & would be using the same wifi. The building owner runs the competitor company. My question is, can the wifi administrator see mail I ...
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The safest way to access GMail on mobile devices

There are three ways to access your GMail account on iPhone or iPad devices: 1. Use safari browser 2. Use Apple's default mail app 3. Use Google's Gmail app What is the safest way to access gmail ...
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Is it a good practice to include a download URL of my GPG public key in my email signature?

I was wondering if I can put a download URL for my recipients to get my GPG public key easily in my email signature. Is this a good practice? If not, what's a good alternative?
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How could a third-party know the contents of an email I sent to someone?

Apparently, a third party knew the contents of an email I sent to someone within an hour after I sent it. The following possibilities come into mind: The recipient forwarded the email to the third ...
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Is it insecure to send an email from a PHP script to an email address on the same domain?

I have a php script that sends an email using mail(). The php script lives on domain.com, and it sends the email to info@domain.com. Is this a secure transaction? The website runs over https.
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How to find out the email host of a vanity email address?

Assuming a person gets his own domain address, say, theperson.com. He then goes on to create a vanity email address with that domain. e.g. me@theperson.com. me@theperson.com may be hosted by the ...
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Reading older mails signed with a certificate that has meanwhile expired

A few years ago I have used S/MIME certs to sign (and encrypt) my mails. The reason for which I stopped signing was the following: My (class 2) cert was issued on Jan. 1st 2008 (just a sample). It ...
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Keep receiving delivery failures for emails im not sending

I have my own domain, and a few email addresses on it, including a catch all address, with Google Apps. Recently, my catchall address has been receiving "delivery failure" emails from many different ...
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How can I prove to a third party that I'm sending the emails I'm supposed to?

Suppose one of my duties for a small organization is to send out statements to clients by email. Suppose one of the directors / owners / trustees want to be able to audit the numbers. Specifically he ...
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Is sending authorizing links through e-mail a vulnerability?

I am not sure if my wording is right, but if I attach a unique token inside email links which will authorize the user if clicked, would you consider this a vulnerability? Password-reset partly ...
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E-mail already in use exploit

I have a registration portal where user inputs his details and then a valid email account. Currently I check the email is not used already and if it is I reply with the classic: "email already in ...
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Emails are forwarded to wrong addresses and possible hacking?

Multiple email addresses for my domain have been compromised. My client forwarded me an old email which he sent me few days ago but I haven't received that email. That email was sent to an email ...
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Modes of Attack on Time-Bombed Password

I'm one of the co-founders of plaintextoffenders.com. We recently received a submission for which I'm not sure if there is a means of attack or not. The site in question is a hosting/VPS/etc. company. ...
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What Information is Exposed When I Send A Message From My Mobile Device

When I send a text message and/or an email, with or without location services turned on, what information is available to the recipient of that message if they know how to read the data behind the ...
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Why would someone register a Facebook account with a stolen email address?

I witnessed an interesting attack today. Someone was able to register a new Facebook account with the email address of a friend of mine. We don't know how it happened, because Facebook requires you to ...
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Sharing passwords through email can be considered insecure?

I'm responsible to create new accounts for some services on my job. Some of these service do not allow password change by the user, so in the case the user wants to change its password, he would need ...
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Hack profile identification

What does it suggest about a "hack" when people I know get emails from me, but my email password hasn't been changed to lock me out? (Not a spoofed sender - I see some in my sent folder). If my ...
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How did the spammers get this address?

A few months ago I configured a test mail server on Amazon AWS, all legit. I used a new address to my catchall-domain (something similar to, but not exactly, ...
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Are there any mail services that don't store encryption keys?

According to this article => http://www.howtogeek.com/166507/why-most-web-services-dont-use-end-to-end-encryption/ Gmail doesn't store the encryption key. But Gmail reads whole of users' email for ...
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