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Is end to end email encryption possible without unique domain/subdomain for each user?

Lets say Alice@gmail.com wants to send message to Bob@secureMail.com Alice <--> gmail.com <--> secureMail.com <--> Bob We know gmail.com can read the unencrypted message. Is it possible for ...
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Petraeus scandal - what would have been a better way to communicate electronically [closed]

Not a security professional here but .... having read through how it happened, it's clear sending these emails from the shared account by Paula Broadwell was the problem (if I understand correctly). ...
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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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How is PKI used to encrypt an e-mail for multiple recipients?

My understanding is that when an e-mail is encrypted and sent to a recipient, the recipient's public key is used to encrypt the e-mail, and then only the recipient can decrypt it with their private ...
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Girlfriend just sent Personal info over email

My GF just hit me up and told me she just sent some of her personal info over an email. She was trying to send her folks some documents.I guess the documents had some sensitive info on them Like her ...
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How do fake emailers work?

Our University recently had a case where some notorious fellows used a fake emailing service to send an email to all students on behalf of the administration. Although most good email services (like ...
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What is the purpose of this “secure mail link open in browser”

I got an email that "supposedly" was secure. It had a link which said that to get secure message follow this link. They could have verified it was me by asking my bank or my smart card to ...
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Sites sending email using my email address

Today I was looking through my spam folder and noticed an email: The sender was myself, assume my email is xxx@gmail.com, on the from section it says xxx@gmail.com via clicktheprofits.com Does ...
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How much information, at maximum, can a phisher/scammer obtain?

My iPhone was recently stolen and since then I've been receiving messages and emails saying that 'a sound was played on your iPhone' or 'your iPhone was found. Visit here to confirm your location'. ...
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Could someone stop another from accessing their own online account?

Suppose Alice isn't able to break into Bob's email account, but Alice can still do damage to Bob (a VIP) if she can stop him from being able to use his own email (or any other online) account to send ...
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Gmail spam from contacts. How does it work?

I don't know why it seems IMPOSSIBLE to find a blog or any security expert explaining the procedure of how this 'hack' works. My wife is receiving emails from people she's emailed through Gmail ...
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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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Certificate for Email Encryption and signing

I don't understand the flow of Digital Certificate with Email Encryption and Signing. For Example, There is 2 users, Sender A and Receiver B. Is Certificate required to encryption to A or just ...
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What was the Lavabit's backdoors to their customers' e-mails? [closed]

There has been some talk about the Lavabit's case. New info was published today, but not important. I'd like to know how Lavabit worked. First I thought they just did something with OpenPGP. Then I ...
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Using PGP in emails - is there to find the key?

Suppose both the receiver and sender use PGP. Suppose someone send from the sender an email and sent it to the receiver. Now he gets the content of the email at the receiver. Can he know now the keys ...
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How can I test my spamfilter under real world conditions?

We are currently planning to migrate our outsourced mail solution to our own servers. The last thing we need to test is the spam filter. We are going to use a cloud based spam and anti virus filter ...
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How to know when to install a certificate?

How do you actually know when a certificate is issued that your system doesn't recognize, whether to trust it or not? When I was setting up Outlook for Gmail I got prompted to install the following ...
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How can I stop an account I don't control from sending spam email in my name to my contacts?

Recently I received an email from a friend with "My" email to them attached. The email "I" sent them was obviously spam, one of those "You have to see this..." emails. The email had been sent to ...
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PHP: Save e-mail address hashed or plain [duplicate]

I've been wondering about something, is it more secure to store an encrypted (hashed with password_hash) email address in the database, or just as plain text? I've google'd this matter and saw that ...
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Attaching the same file to two separate email, does it compromise security of the “message”

When using (Thunderbird and) GnuPG to send a PGP/MIME message to two separate recipients, with the text body different in both messages, but the same file attached to both of them, does this give an ...
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What kind of information can be found from email?

When an average person sees an email, he can see only part of an information enclosed in the mail. To see full information one can look at the source of an email, which shows more. Example of an email ...
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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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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 one be infected just by reading an e-mail [duplicate]

I have heard several people say that you shouldn't even open e-mails that look suspicious, as you might be infected by a virus of some kind. Is there any validity to this? I suppose that some e-mails ...
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Metadata-free Email: How can SENDER directly, anonymously, and securely ask RECIPIENT’s mail provider to deliver a metadata-free email?

If I want to send emails to friends who use Google, Yahoo, AOL, etc., how can I currently use my local email client to send a metadata-free* email to them? E.g., is it possible to bypass my own mail ...
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Email hacker, what to do now?

Throughout the past 2 years; I have received email messages (about 6 or 7 cumulative) in which I responded to about 3. Which were personalized messages from a series of 3 email addresses. Nothing ...
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Danger in opening spam emails on Ubuntu operating system [closed]

Some emails are suspected to be viruses; Because of that, the email service store categorizes them as spam. Or some pages are suspected to be viruses, and new browsers classify them as harmful pages. ...
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How to trace email?

Is there any tool to trace all emails? I need to trace ip address and location of sender address.I also need to identify emails from fake address.
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Whether PGP is send over MIME?

If I am using PGP to encrypt mails whther it is send as a MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) message, and S/MIME and PGP are used for providing email security. When I send PGP message ...
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Is there a way to use public mail and not to enable the provider to see its content?

I'm looking for a way to use the common public emails such as Google and Yahoo and to prevent them from reading the content of the emails either by application that scans the emails and offer ads or ...
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Where can emails be sniffed from? [duplicate]

I understand that you should not send private information in emails due, in part, to the fact that this traffic is usually unencrypted and can therefore be sniffed while in transit. Where would a ...
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How do country's block politically charged spam? [closed]

I have a friend who is returning to China shortly, and I wanted to stay in touch with him so I got his email address. I was wondering what precautions does China (or any other dictatorial regimes for ...
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Emailing spoofing

I've got 2 macs on a home network, as well as an iphone. I've got my own domain on Godaddy set up with an SPF record. I've changed the password on my account. But emails are being sent using my ...
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Is it possible to forge email info in header?

I recently received an email from a guy making me a job offer for a big government company and stating that he works there. However instead of using the domain of the company, he is using GMail. ...
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Does a 'mailto:' hyperlink spoil any preceding email obfuscation efforts in PDF?

Assume there is a PDF file which contains the example@example.com email address as an image (the classic obfuscation method). However, what if this image is made clickable with a hyperlink which ...
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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 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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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 ...
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Does forwarding email result in an extra “persistence” of it's copy?

I understand that when an email is sent from point A to B, it can persist in other locations while in transit from A to B. When forwarding email, can this increase the extra locations where one's ...
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Framework behind password reset mechanism

I have always seen those "Forgot password" links from web sites that requires some form of user login. Can I get a deeper understanding of how this works? What tools/framework do I need to use because ...
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How can I scan hosted POP3 or IMAP e-mail for viruses?

In our company we use a hosting provider for e-mails and it seems they don't scan incoming email against viruses. And our employees does not very careful about attachments... So we deal with virus ...
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How to share sensitive documents with unknown/untrusted parties?

My exact use case is that I'm starting a new job, and I need to transmit sensitive personal documents to support my application. However, the same applies for applying for a loan, buying a house etc ...
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How to report abuse spam with X-AntiAbuse header which was added to track abuse?

I've received the following spam e-mail (with the link to viagra site): Return-Path: <silviani@server04.funet.co.il> Received: from server04.funet.co.il (server04.funet.co.il. [212.29.215.70]) ...
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emailing a direct link to executable file blacklist risk

I hope this is in the right place, don't know where else to ask. I would like to automatically send a download link to people that directly downloads an executable. The executable is a verified and ...
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What are the disadvantages to the site owner to have third parties e-mails displayed publicly?

I frequently have to remind my members not to post their e-mails due to spam bots. One of them told me he doesn't care about that since his spam filter is good enough. If I allow him to do that, are ...
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What is the technical rationale behind intermediary email servers?

EFF's Survelliance Self-Defense (SSD) project has an illustration of how email over SMTP goes through intermediate mail exchange servers: AFAIK each intermediate servers is expected to add its own ...
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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 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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Security Certificate not from a valid authority

I have no real knowledge about this stuff so I figured I'd ask here for some answers. So I started to get this "Security Certificate not issued by a valid authority" error when using my email client ...
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Would this form of more seamless e-mail confirmation be secure?

When you ned to confirm that an email address belongs to a certain visitor to your site, would it be insecure to do it as follows: When the user visits your site, you give them a session token as a ...