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Is it possible to use S/MIME in the web client of Gmail?

I could not find any options in the web interface of Gmail. All I could find was a Firefox plugin to use S/MIME with Gmail, but it seems to be outdated.
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How to tell if an email is encrypted, or just corrupted?

Ran a recovery program (Kroll Ontrack) on a Windows 7 PC and recovered many, many emails. Almost all of them open in my Windows 10 mail client (and Thunderbird), except for a handful from this March. ...
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SQLMAP --OS-SHELL error [closed]

root@kali:~# sqlmap -u http://www.a***********.com/info.php?id=2 --os-shell _ _ _| |_____ _ {1.0-dev-nongit-20150907} | -| . | | | .'| . | || |||||,| | || |_| http:/...
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Security of faxes vs emails

Background The other day a friend who works in healthcare asked me which method of communication was more secure, faxing or email. He qualified his question by saying that his office faxes patient ...
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Are there any standard practices for protecting against malicious links being entered in a public form?

A website I'm working on needs to have a form for any visitor to submit a request for information about a service. The user will not need to create an account, and contact details are just part of the ...
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Is email encryption, as claimed by ProtonMail, possible?

Is it possible to create a Web service that encrypts all messages, such that only the writer, and the person to whom the mail is sent, can read it? In other words, is the theory behind ProtonMail ...
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Can I trust Google Scripts on sites like Labnol?

For example, consider this script. It requires me to grant permission to my Gmail account, but I'm confused why this is necessary -- is it not myself who is running the script? Or is my data going ...
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Email sending out spam to many contacts

I'm asking on behalf of a friend. A few days ago, I received a email with his full name (with no subject), thought that's from him. But when I opened it, there was only an obvious spam link, and I ...
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Where can I find a feed of actual spam emails? [duplicate]

I am looking for a feed of e-mail spam messages. I searched for one but found nothing that I can use. Does anyone know a site or service that offers a feed of actual spam messgaes that are currently ...
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Is it enough to look at the sender's email address?

I use Gmail. When I receive an email, Gmail displays the sender's email address. So far I've always looked at this address when receiving sensitive mails, to avoid phishing. For example, I know by ...
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Is this a legitimate Microsoft email or is this a Phishing email and how can I tell?

I am a mobile application developer using Microsoft Azure with my MSDN subscription to develop my back-end of the application. Today I got the following email: So given my above background this ...
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Gmail lets me use my old password

My university's email works through Gmail and I can log on to it either through my uni's website or in Gmail. I recently changed my password and I use it to log in to the schools secure WiFi, school ...
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How to secure/cleanup my accounts after having an old email account breached

I have two email accounts. My main one that I created a few years ago and switched to, which has a very strong/unique password that is not written down or stored anywhere. It also has 2-factor auth ...
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Emailing debit card details to a guesthouse

I'm trying to arrange a holiday out to the Aran Islands, and the guesthouse emailed me back confirming that they do have a room available. But here is the catch: they want me to email my credit card ...
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How can I contract an email tracking service and be silent about it?

I use a customized e-mail and my web-master, who is also the domain owner, doesn't allow me to see the settings that the DNS provides. Some DNS services provide, beside domain name registration, ...
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Gmail may be hacked - bulk spam emails being sent FROM Google apps account

I have a Google Apps email (Gmail with my own domain) - let's call it John@example.com. 3 days ago many people in my address book were sent a spam email FROM my John@example.com account. When I ...
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Why does my SHA256 certificate get encrypted with 168 bit 3DES?

We use S/Mime certificates for internal emails within our company. The certificates signature algorithm are all SHA256RSA with a hash of SHA256. I have confirmed the public keys are RSA(2048bits). ...
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Avast attempts to connect to the Internet when I try to download email [closed]

The file AVAST (Software\Avast\AvastSvc.exe) tries to connect when I check my email. When I forbid access to the internet for AvastSvc.exe, I can't connect to POP3 & SMTP. I'm not sure where all ...
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What should I do when I find out some company user database I am listed in was leaked?

Today the antispam tool in the company I work for blocked several emails. It has been months since last time, so I took the time to analyze the quarantined messages. Since I almost never give my ...
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How secure is my system for a password reset?

I am using my custom Parse Server with Heroku which I am pretty sure (99%) that it is decently secure using things like oAuth2 and 1 way hashed passwords. The problem is I am trying to implement my ...
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Something phishy going on with email [duplicate]

I own my own domain. For a month or so I've been getting emails from addresses I don't know with "see attached image" or "find the attached invoice", with a zip/rar file attached. Of course, I ...
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How Risky is Paribus?

Paribus (https://paribus.co/) is a service that automatically gets money back for you if there's a price drop on a product you purchased. It seems to work by monitoring your email, to which you must ...
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Using your full name as your work email address? [closed]

Standard practice in the workplace appears to be using your full name as your email address. This presents some privacy concerns to me. Even though we all grew up being told it's advisable to use a ...
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How hard is it to hack into a webmail account with a strong 8 character password?

Assume the hacker starts with only your email address and he has high incentive to gain access. UPDATE: Also assume the password is unique (never used elsewhere) and it is NOT a guessable word like ...
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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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Safe email validation

I have been using this RFC822-compliant regular expression for email validation. Pen testers on HackerOne have used the following horrendous email addresses which satisfy the regex: '/**/OR/**/1=1/**...
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Reducing the success ratio of email harvesting

Would / does the following work to hamper email harvesting by spammers ? Since spammers - among other things - do automated email harvesting by looking for email addresses in web pages, it follows ...
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Is it more secure to delete emails from the server once a client has downloaded them?

From this email provider We strongly adivse people to download their email whenever possible, so as to lessen the amount of personal private data present at any time on the servers. Does ...
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Revoke access from intranet if an employee leaves the organization

A question has been on my mind lately. Say you have a global organization with intranet which does not exist, but it is supposed to be developed. This organization has offices in maybe 50+ countries, ...
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How does Mail.app handle account credentials?

I am looking for an iOS email client that is reasonably secure (ideally, this means that it doesn't store user credentials outside the device - so something like Spark or Outlook for iOS are a no go ...
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Is sending email between different Office 365 domains (and organisations) secure?

Is sending emails between different Office 365 account owned by entirely separate entities secure? I.e. The email never leaves the Microsoft network? If the two are in the same data centre (E.g. ...
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Registration Email Hijacking

(Please read the update at the end) I am trying to find out how to send user registration emails securely. I read answers on this question: I don't intend to send passwords in emails, but I was ...
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How does someone with HubSpot Sidekick knows when I opened their sent email?

This app claims to know when recipients opened the emails that were sent to them. Tracking clicked URLs is fairly straightforward. What I don't understand is how a 3rd party can possibly know when I ...
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Securing Web Contact Forms Against Spams

I created a web contact from with the following restrictions: An IP can send only 1 query per 8 hours. A generic text based bootstrap captcha for the form (I know this can be replaced with ...
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Rerouting emails to external account

There was a case when employee A thought he was getting legitimate emails from employee B, as the email address was valid, there were no CC/BCC addresses and just plain text in the body. Some ...
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Is e-mail a direct vector for XSS

I'm curious if there is a way to execute XSS via email. I am not talking about using e-mail as a way to deliver a link that has reflected XSS in it. I'm talking about sending an email from example....
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Replay attacks and PGP email encryption

From my understanding of PGP email, the following is possible: Alice sends a message to Bob. Then Bob can take that exact same message and send to Carol while making it seem to Carol like it is from ...
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Are combined sign in / up pages dangerous, and how to improve them?

I'd like to code a combined sign in/up page like the one in the picture below. My colleague said this will allow spammers/hackers to see what email addresses are registered with our system and ...
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How does the hacker manage to spoof a different IP address?

For the last 2 days, +/- every 15 minutes, someone is attempting to sign-in to my online email account. When I verify recent activity, the IP address (and the corresponding country) is different for ...
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“Hacking” account when someone uses your email?

I have, on multiple occasions, received this email from Twitter: Since I have received it multiple times either this person clearly thinks the email is theirs or it's spelled similarly, something to ...
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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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When to use SSL ? / When to send passwords via mail?

Self-Proclaimed Experts are quick to say that for every time a password is being transmitted from a webserver to a user and vv, you need to use SSL. Because there will be people each time trying to ...
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Is DKIM needed for emails encrypted with OpenPGP?

DKIM seems to prove that a message came from where it claims to be from. However, OpenPGP encrypts the entire email and signs it which obviously proves it also came from the person it says it did. ...
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End of mail spoofing?

I've made the simplest e-mail program in C#. using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.ComponentModel; using System.Data; using System.Drawing; using System.Linq; using System.Text;...
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How does my unused e-mail address get spoofed? [closed]

I have 2 e-mail accounts - one on GMail and other one on a popular mail provider in my country (O2). GMail has a secondary e-mail set for security - that is the O2. I started getting e-mails from ...
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How to properly use PGP for e-mail encryption/signature (key generation, key rollover, etc.) [duplicate]

To improve my privacy, I would like to use PGP to encrypt/sign my e-mails. How should I proceed to use PGP in a secure fashion? I am trying to think about how to do it properly. From what I found, ...
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How to deal with spam that contains my personal details?

I just noticed some spam in my inbox in GMail that is from a very suspicious e-mail address (partially redacted anonymous@webXXXXXXX.ad.aruba.it) containing a link to a similarly suspect URL (http://...
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Using an e-mail service anonymously [closed]

What are the options, to use an e-mail service anonymously without exposing yourself (your private info, name etc.) ?
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How Vulnerable Is An Older Version Of Outlook As An Email Application?

I am significantly displeased with some of the newer versions of Microsoft Outlook. I would prefer to continue using my older version from Office 2000 (on Windows 7 using workarounds). As a networked ...
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What happens when encrypted email is in-transit?

If you're using a service that offers end-to-end encryption, what happens when you send an email to another non-encrypted email address? Let's say I write my email in ProtonMail and then send it to a ...