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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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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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Email Spoofed. Explain?

So, I think my email id might have gotten hacked. Can some one offer their comments and suggestions on this email ? It seems this email went from my mail id to my friend's email id. The subject is ...
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Would Axolotl Ratchet protocol be suitable for encrypting email communication?

Axolotl Ratchet is used by Textsecure and is an enhanced version of OTR in a way to make it suitable for mobile applications, which has the probability to encrypt messages without both parties to have ...
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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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Can a firewall tamper with email attachments?

I am using Thunderbird as an email client for managing my different email accounts. Yesterday my friend sent me an email with a PDF attachment. Today when I tried to open the attachment I get the ...
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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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Sending an encrypted PGP email to someone who doesn't yet have my public key

Suppose I have the public key of a recipient I'd like to send an email to, and I've never sent this person an email before. Does it make sense to encrypt my first email to this recipient and also ...
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HTML Entities to hide Email Addresses

I'm on WordPress trying to keep spambots from grabbing email addresses that may be in The Content. WordPress has a nifty little function simply called antispambot() which will convert the email ...
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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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Can someone know my IP address through Thunderbird email attachments?

Can someone know my IP address through Thunderbird email attachments? Can a cunning attacker manage to find my IP address through attachment 'images' in emails that I unsuspectingly open?
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How can hackers guess passwords (using dictionary attack or brute force) without being locked out?

Nowadays almost every website you want to register in; is asking you to create a complicated password...But why cant we use simple passwords? I am just wondering because in case of multiple wrong ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there any security reason that mail services like gmail or yahoomail limit the size of file attachment?

Despite the fact that Email standards such as MIME don't specify any file size limits, but in practice email users will find that they can't send very large files(more than 20 or 25 MB). Some experts ...
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Is using a self signed certificate safer than a free ssl certificate? [duplicate]

I have a personal website/email server, basically for my own self learning use. I am using CACert (http://www.cacert.org/) for my SSL certificate as advised in a tutorial. I have no clue about ...
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How can I stop an IP from trying to use my mail server?

I have recently set up my first email server, and I look at the logs in /var/logs/mail.log to see what is happening, I notice this one IP does this multiple times every day for the last so many weeks ...
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Alternatives to sending out passwords in plain text via e-mail?

One of my hosting providers is sending a new password in plain text per e-mail, on request. How insecure is this practice? What would be a good (more secure) alternative to this?
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Exploiting mailto links

Supposing that the user has the power to include any content after mailto: snippet, are there any possible security vulnerabilities? Example: The user says their email address is foo. The link on ...
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CAPTCHA or email confirmation?

I have read that captcha isn't a perfect solution to protect a website where for example the user can create an account, since there are many people in different countries that practicallty read ...
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What is the best setup to keep my email private from both attackers and government agencies?

I am attempting to setup a secure and private email account for my company. we currently use gmail which actually requests the emails from a hosting service provider that is configured with our ...
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Use DANE to authentify mail sender

Background: I have my own virtual DNS infrastructure, from the root to the mail server mail.example.com. Everything is signed using DNSSEC. client1@example.com can send email to client2@example.com, ...
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Is secure tokens send by email secure? [duplicate]

I'm struggling with the reset password function of a web app, the way i'm inclined to do it is by sending a token based url to the email of the user and than the user can access and reset its ...
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Is this “Domain Registration Service” email a scam?

I received an email to the email address listed on our website (it's a generic info@ourcompany.com to help "weed out" spam, whereas each employee has something like andreas@ourcompany.com to which I ...
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Opening mail without any risk [closed]

Before opening unknown email (not in spam folder) how we can identify no any danger inside the mail (with availability of active virus guard)
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Does OpenPGP encryption mean that not even I can see my data?

Say I have an email and I want to send it to someone else. I encrypt it with his public key. This ensures that only he can read my message. Does this also means that I won't be able to read it? If so, ...
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Will using a self-signed SSL certificate on a mail server hinder communication?

According to this ArsTechnica article, using a self-signed certificate on a mail server is a bad idea: When we set up a Web server in our previous series, getting SSL/TLS working was a ...
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How is the username and password captured on this mobile device?

I have a Motorola phone, and I am concerned about my privacy after reading this article : http://www.beneaththewaves.net/Projects/Motorola_Is_Listening.html The poster says: For both of these ...
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Recovery email for email services

The famous Mat Honan hack got me thinking about e-mail password recovery, and how any link in the chain can break all the links preceding it. In Mat's example, that link happened to be the last link, ...
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Cryptography that looks like ordinary email

I would like to stay out of the automatic filters in place by security agencies and not be accidentally placed on a no-fly list or such. Say I'm having a political debate with a friend about democracy ...
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Suspicious email with my information in it: what do i do?

I just received this email: Billed To: d**********@****.NET John ****** Order Number: M1V62***2711 Receipt Date: 07/12/12 Order Total: $699.99 Billed To: Credit card Item Number Description ...
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When registering for most websites, why do you need to confirm your email address?

I'm working on a site which allows users to sign up for a service. They choose a username/password, enter their personal details, etc and proceed into the site, their details being stored for future ...
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Android email encryption [closed]

Is there a reliable (in terms of security), open-source application for handling (send/receive + en-/decrypt) encrypted emails on Android? Something like TextSecure for emails. I just found a command ...
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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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How does this encrypted webmails works?

In the last days I was looking on Tutanota, ProtonMail, LavaBoom, and others webmails that promise to respect users privacy. For all those, the one I most liked was Tutanota. I did few tests with ...
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Can free email provider's partners and affiliates read your emails? [closed]

I read that if you use free email, these entities have access to your very personal info!: "Your email provider company itself, like Google Their partners and affiliates Your ISP Various ...
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Disposable mail for anonymity

Initially asked in bitcoin, I wanted to know how is it supposed to be used for anonymity. I mean that I need to register wallets and buy bitcoins. For anonimity, guitedlines recommend to use ...
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Email phishing scam asking customers for card details

I work for a small ecommerce company and over the weekend we received a few emails from customers claiming to have received an email asking them to confirm their card details to process their orders. ...
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Is it possible and does it make sense to sign an E-mail with PGP and S/MIME?

After some research without any answer to my question, if it's possible and does it make sense to sign an E-mail with PGP and s/mime (?), I'm hoping to get an answer here. I know that, PGP and S/MIME ...
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Short Lived Email account for VPN signup [closed]

I'm curious about how the process of signing up for a VPN service with a short lived 'disposable' email address would work. Firstly, what benefit (if any) is there to creating the account ...
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Are old Android WebViews a risk to Activesync email, and how do I block old devices?

I'm concerned that old versions of Android may be hacked through unpatched WebViews (in PhoneGap and other apps), exposing Activesync email data, and other sensitive information. To mitigate this, ...