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How long can I store personal information on unconfirmed subscriptions?

I have a monthly newsletter. In my subscribe form I use a double opt-in method: The visitor subscribes. I send him a confirmation email. If I receive a reply, I add him/her to my system. In 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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Is it unsafe to allow apps other than Outlook to send email via the Exchange server?

My application is a .NET Windows Forms client, one of whose functions is to allow the user to send personalised mailshot emails to opted-in recipients stored in the database. The emails are sent ...
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If I send an email over SSL, will it always be transmitted over SSL?

This is largely a question of how MTAs and different components communicate. I'm curious that if I send an email using SMTP over SSL to my MTA, can it's next jump to the next MTA or MDA be insecure? ...
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How do I encrypt the source and destination IP address, along with various parts of an email?

If the subject makes no sense to you, that's fine, it makes no sense to me. I've been tasked with securing emails sent from some devices, and I'm looking for advice on intelligent questions to ask to ...
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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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Should the email server/application be protected by 2 factor authentication? What applications should be protected?

When should email be protected by 2 factor authentication? Suppose a given company is in an industry where two factor authentication is offered to some or all of its clients. Does this mean that it ...
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My S/MIME certificate (created with OpenSSL) does not match my email address

I created a certificate with OpenSSL and following commands: openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 365 -subj '/C=DE/ST=state/L=city/CN=hostname' -newkey rsa:1024 -keyout mycert.pem -out mycert.pem ...
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OWA Keep-Alive in http, even though it should be forced https

Yesterday, I got an alert from a client's IDS that a Base64 auth packet was detected. Looking at the ASCII decode, I can see that it is for their OWA (Outlook Web Access), and indeed, the auth info ...
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Is email between 2 parties secure if both mailboxes are on the same server and both clients use SSL?

Sorry if this is incredibly basic, but I'm not very familiar with how SMTP works. I have a mail server (running Postfix with Dovecot) with an SSL cert from a well-known/accepted CA installed and ...
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What is the most reliable way to transfer emails without specific recipient support?

Many suggestions on transfering emails securely can be found in this answer. But many of them (e.g. PGP) need support from recipient. I want to provide SMTP email server that will route emails of it's ...
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How might an email do damage merely by being opened?

E.g. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2094982/Threat-new-virus-infected-emails-PC-DONT-open-attachments.html?ito=feeds-newsxml Assuming that the user clicks no links and opens no ...
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Detecting and Responding to Email Account Compromise (regarding FINRA 12-05, ISAC/IC3 alerts)

FINRA, the ISAC and IC3 issued an alert regarding e-mail based attacks that attempt to obtain client contact information. They then use social engineering / persuasion to complete the attack. What ...
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If a hacker were to compromise a GMail database

Assuming the systems that store the Gmail database is compromised what is preventing them from reading everyone's emails by looking at the data in the database? I assume nothing, and in order for ...
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Protecting emails in your database

It's common to encrypt passwords in the database, but I'm wondering what solutions are out there to protect emails in your database. Not just from hacking, but from disgruntled employees or engineers ...
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What algorithm/encryption type does Gmail use for security?

In the wake of the recent database hacks, i.e. Sony, Gawker, etc.. where the hackers have access to the hashed usernames and passwords, i've been more keen in paying attention to the sites and ...
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Security issues with email accounts

I am starting to become wary of giving out my email account to anyone, just by doing reconnaissance it is evident how easy it is to pull so much information from a person just by a email, There is a ...
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Possible Hijacked Email Server [closed]

MAILER-DAEMON notices are spamming our email administrator account, causing it to fill up, and bringing down our email server. Our email server is a Virtual FreeBSD box hosted by Verio. Their ...
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Is a password protected PDF file safe for bank statement attachments?

My bank emails my monthly statement to me in a password protected PDF attachment. Is this a secure method of transmitting something as sensitive as bank statement?
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Email not received when sent by our app, received when sent by outlook [closed]

We have an application that sends mail in bulk, via a mail provider (Mailjet). Our clients are professional organizations, and they send important mails about meetings and stuff like that, to about 10 ...
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Encrypting an email server's local drives or filesystems

Planning to deploy a remote hosted mailer (Zimbra based) I need to make sure the local data on the machine is encrypted. Currently, the plan is to use the built in LUKS to encrypt /opt/zimbra and ...
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Spoofing email From address

Providing all legal measures are taken care of, what are some of the ways someone can spoof an email "From" field address and actually get the email to the recipient without spam filters getting in ...
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How can PayPal spoof emails so easily to say it comes from someone else?

When I receive a payment in PayPal, it sends me an email about it (pictured below). The problem is that the email is shown to be coming from the money sender's email address and not from PayPal itself,...
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Resources/tools for controlling access to corporate email on smartphones

If one of our employees has access to corporate email on a smartphone I want to make sure that if they lose the phone then whoever finds it can't get at any corporate email on that phone. For iOS ...
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Best practices for email security

I writing a security layer for my app and I would like your input on updating users' email addresses (also used for the login). I'm interested to hear from anyone who has written an application with ...
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Is it possible to easily retrieve Thunderbird's passwords with access to HDD?

I know Firefox 8 stores it's passwords in a SQLite database, which can easily be stolen with access to the HDD! What about Thunderbird 8? How does it store the passwords and how can one retieve them? ...
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How can I help catch an email scammer who is contacting me?

My friend's GMail account was recently hacked and the perpetrator sent out one of those classic "help I was mugged, I need money" style e-mails. (Edit: I know it's legit; my friend called me to tell ...
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What Gmail features should be Opted-Out to prevent PII from being indexed?

The Massachusetts and Nevada PII laws require all email with SSNs or other personally identifying information to be encrypted (TLS or otherwise). Of the free email providers, GMail does support TLS ...
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Can I expect my e-mail to be routed securely?

If I connect to my e-mail server via SSL (SMTP/SSL) and the recipient also only checks his e-mail via SSL (web/https or IMAP/SSL), does this - generally speaking - increase the security for the ...
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Encrypting email for gmail

My friend who is an accountant was asking me what the best way to exchange documents with clients. He was trying to tell me that just sending via email was sufficient and I told him he was insane. I ...
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Email header IP address

Do the IP addresses in an email header include information from the device from which the mail is being sent, or from the mail server?
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Is it still unsafe to email credit card number nowadays?

We all know not to do it, but someone emailed my credit card number and cvv code to my gmail. I'm wondering if the risk is so low I don't have to call to cancel my card. The email is sent from a ...
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How does PGP differ from S/MIME?

Is S/MIME an abstracted system for general MIME type encryption, whereas PGP is more for email? Why would I want to choose one over the other, or can I use both at the same time?
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How secure is Goodlink for mobile phones when compared to Activesync?

Some of our more technical users are arguing to use Activesync for their phones, while the corporate standard is limited to Blackberry and any device that supports Goodlink. One argument is the ...
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Some questions about penetration testing distribution Backtrack 5

I know just the basics of backtrack and I want to ask some questions about it: Can you attack an ftp server using backtrack? an email server? I have a Centos virtual private server and backtrack is ...
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Email SSL security?

I use IMAP and I only access my email through SSL. However, the settings for encrypted email access seem a bit more complicated that https. Can someone explain the security implications of the ...
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What questions should I ask a vendor that provides hosted encrypted email?

I am evaluating a service provider that performs the following functions with email: A user logs in to a web based application over an SSL connection. Email is composed in a web browser over the SSL ...
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Is email more secure when not letting any zipped content through?

Ah. This is a bit of a soft question, but I though there might be some here that can share some insight. I'm a developer. Sometimes I need to send a (bugfixed) DLL or EXE file to a customer. If this ...
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Why would someone want to block images in email?

While there is the possibility that this is just to prevent people from viewing offensive images against their will, somehow I don't think that's the reason why pretty much every email client defaults ...
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Is there any way to set up secure email for Network Solutions domains? [closed]

I'm trying to set up any mail client to have a secure connection to Network Solutions' email servers. I've been talking with Network Solutions' email support people, who will repeatedly state that ...
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Company sending Master passwords in unencrypted emails

If a company has terrible security policies like letting people email password in cleartext emails, what to do if they reject all fair minded advice?
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How Reliably do mail systems transmit Encrypted PDFs

We have an solution design that will be sending Encrypted PDF's to our many clients, who will all be using varied email providers. We have tested the pdf's through the usual cast of internet mail ...
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What are some secure methods of sending email from your server?

This question title might seem a little vague, and I apologize for that. Let me just begin by stating I'm an engineering psychologist—not an IT security or computer guru by trade. As luck would have ...
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What steps do Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and Hotmail take to prevent eavesdropping on email?

I would like to ask what happens when an email is sent from gmail, yahoo or hotmail public web email services? I don't understand email protocols in details, but as far as I know email traffic is ...
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What are common/official methods of reporting spam/phishing/nasty-grams to organizations?

A user of mine just received a phishing email claiming to be the IRS. What methods of reporting are available, and what should be included?
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Paypal Account created using my gmail account

Some time ago, probably about 6 months, somebody hacked my email account and used gmail settings to forward my emails to him/her. I noticed that, removed the forward and changed the password. Now, I ...
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How to find out the IP address of email sender in Gmail

Gmail doesn't give the IP address of the sender in its mail headers for security reasons. I'd like to know whether there is some other way of getting the IP address of the sender. Since Gmail ...
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How do I securely exchange server logins with remote developers?

I work for a virtual organization (we're all remote) that uses a lot of freelancers/subcontractors. Very often I need to exchange SSH login information with developers working on projects for us. How ...
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Identity-Based Encryption - how secure is it?

I was always taught never to invent my own crypto algorithm, and never to trust someone who has a proprietary algorithm. I'm looking at Voltage SecureMail, which uses IBE (identity-based encryption) ...
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Is it a bad idea for an information holder to e-mail a user their password?

A couple of websites with which I'm registered have, after a period of inactivity on my part, each sent me an e-mail to remind me that I'm still registered. In each case, that e-mail has included my ...