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How can I convince my customers not to send Credit Card data over email?

My wife and I run an online business. For a long time we would accept credit cards over our website, and cash or bank drafts in person. However, as time went on my wife picked up the Square to process ...
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Hashing Email Address and Contacting User

I am thinking about a log-in web service that would store a users username, password, and (optional) email address. If they forget their username or password, they can have their username and a reset-...
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Is it secure to use email to add content to a website?

I have a website running a social network Buddypress. Users leave comments on other users "walls". What I would like to do is to allow users to reply to each other inside the email client, without ...
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OWA + AD Lockout Policy: Quite the Mixture

Many organizations have webmail exposed to the world. These sites are often hooked up to AD for user authentication. Are there any specific security controls OWA (Outlook web app) has that would ...
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Is winmail.dat a malware propagation vector?

Some of my coworkers use Microsoft Outlook (I believe) and have it configured in such a way that mail attachments are encapsulated in winmail.dat files. Apart from the general annoyance and lack of ...
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Can malware be activated by previewing email in Outlook's Preview pane?

It is common advice to not open suspicious email in order to avoid being infected by malware contained in the email. What constitutes opening an email in Outlook? Specifically, is viewing an email in ...
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How can I protect against email tracking services?

Recently a free service came out for email tracking, bananatag. It's able to track the fact that the email was read in gmail without any notice or strange inclusions in the email body. In this case ...
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Does a username/password + emailed PIN count as strong 2FA?

To log in to a enterprise web app, our security team is insisting on 2FA as it is hosted on our internal network. The proposed solution is to have a standard username (email address) and password ...
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Flood of email messages from @attacker.com

I've been getting the weirdest email messages for the last 2 days on my personal gmail inbox. On May 28th, exactly at 4:33 pm BRST I got about 2,000 emails that look exactly the same, here's the ...
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What is the mechanism for this user impersonation?

I'm trying to understand how this user impersonation might have taken place. Here's the scenario: Our controller got a call from our bank this morning about a suspicious wire transfer request. After ...
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Email and Black Hole List Submission? [duplicate]

I'm having trouble with a spammer and would like to begin submitting their messages to a few black hole lists. Unfortunately, I'm having trouble finding a list. For example mail-abuse.org now ...
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POP3/IMAP Stronger Authentication

We recently deployed a two-factor-authentication solution in order to strength logon to our web applications (one of them is web based mail, Microsoft outlook web access) Most of the users who have ...
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Two-Factor Authentication: When is it worth it?

I was reading this article, and it triggered the question: Why not use two factor authentication? In his case, it both possibilities were enabled anyway, so this looks to me like it's two attack ...
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Does having a separate e-mail account only for security, increase security?

In this article about increasing the security of LastPass the author suggests: For additional security, you can have LastPass send security-related emails to a special security email address ...
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Can you crack a Mailinator “Alternate Inbox Name?”

From their FAQ: What are "Alternate Inbox Names" ? There are 2 ways to get email into any given inbox. When you check an inbox, listed at the top is the Alternate Inbox name. Emailing that alternate ...
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Malicious users trying to create yahoo accounts with random emails at my domain?

Recently, I have been getting a string of emails from yahoo with people trying to create accounts or add email addresses @mydomain.tld to their account. I was wondering if anyone else has seen this ...
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Does gmail's TOS allow Google to steal your emailed ideas?

Is it unwise to use gmail to discuss business ideas that Google could snoop on and use to their business advantage? I know that email is not secure and anyone could read it along its path of delivery,...
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My server was used for sending spam. Will our server ever be trusted again?

A while back I enabled SMTP on my IIS server with the intention of using it for internal email notifications. It seems that somehow hackers were able to use it for sending out thousands of spam ...
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Postfix periodic relay access denied

I administer an Ubuntu Server 14.04 which acts as a mail server running Postfix and was configured following most parts of this tutorial: http://www.pixelinx.com/2013/09/creating-a-mail-server-on-...
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Analyzing a suspicious email

Today I received a very suspicious email on my gmail account. When I analyzed the content of the message, this is what essentially made up the message. <center> <a alt="" src="...
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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 connections....
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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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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 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 = md5(mt_rand(...
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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 ...