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Can we make sure that the new Lavabit certificate is not under control of the FBI?

After the Lavabit shutdown, Ladar Levison (founder of Lavabit) announced that he’s "looking into setting up a site where users can download their data". Such a site is now online: ...
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Is Gmail showing images by default a good idea for privacy?

Google have decided to show images in Gmail messages accessed via the web, iOS and Android by default: Instead of serving images directly from their original external host servers, Gmail will now ...
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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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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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Is encrypted email doctor/patient communication required by HIPAA, HITECH or Meaningful Use

I want to point out, from the start, that I know all about the Direct Project and I am huge fan of work to provide easy-to-use standards based secure email for doctor-patient communication. I am not ...
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How to ensure account security when accessing emails when overseas?

First of all, I hope this is the right stackexchange to ask this. Seems to be most relevant here. Now, if one is planning to go overseas and he/she has a lot of data on the email account (say, gmail) ...
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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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PGP: How is it possible for me to read a sent mail, encrypted by me with the recipient's public key?

I'm quite new to OpenPGP and am just starting to use it with Thunderbird. When I encrypt a mail with a recipient's public key, using Thunderbird + Enigmail + OpenPGP, and send it, I can find the ...
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Is it bad to only sign some of a domain's emails with DKIM?

Is it OK if I sign a subset of domain emails, or is this an all-or-nothing game? We use Amazon's Simple-Email-Service for sending e-commerce emails. We would like to sign these with DKIM. This same ...
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GPG-encrypted mailing list and other approaches to safe communication

What is the best way to communicate privately on a mailing-list? Requiring each member of the list to have the public key of each other member, and encrypt their messages with those, is cumbersome to ...
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Do any Exchange hardening guidelines recommend disabling OWA Webready? Should they?

For the fourth time in over a year, Exchange OWA has put our internal network at risk due to a remote code execution flaw that exists on the server runtime. This risk is compounded by the fact ...
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How can I send emails anonymously?

How can I send email anonymously? We used to track email's IP and its location based upon the email headers, and there are many possible ways to track the email's id's which were sent by the anonymous ...
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How to catch a gmail hacker/money-scammer? (in conversation with one right now!)

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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Email instead of username

I am wondering about the security implications of using email as the main identifier via which a user logs in (with an associated password, of course). Can I treat it as I would a normal username or ...
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Hashcash, is this really used?

I just heard about this term, is it really used? The concept does not seem new, is it used and/or implemented in current technologies?
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Security of email [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How commonly are SSL/TLS or S/MIME used by e-mail providers? Say, Alice uses gmail and Bob uses hotmail. Alice wants to send an email to Bob. Alice goes to gmail ...
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Good, simple list of reasons that email is inherently insecure

I've been searching for a while, trying to find a good get of information about the inherent risks of transmitting sensitive data via email. I'm really looking for a comprehensive list of all the ...
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E-mail can be made to appear like it came from a big organization?

I know almost nothing about security. So, please bear with me if the questions sound silly. Is it possible for a malicious person to make an e-mail appear as if it came from a big company like ...
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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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Why is it even possible to forge sender header in e-mail? [duplicate]

With so many popular e-mail providers forcing users to log on using their SMTP servers, why is it still possible to forge "From: " header in e-mails? What prevents users from simply discarding the ...
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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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Privacy issues with email providers [closed]

I am looking for an email provider (or for a way to do it myself) that will not divulge my personal information under no circumstances. I found out that getting this information with a order for ...
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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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Next steps after webmail account was compromised

John Doe told me the following story: I got a mail from a good friend. It just contained a single link. That seemed odd but I didn't think a lot about it. After clicking on the link, the web site ...
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Is personal email hosting really secure?

One of my friends has his own personal email hosting. Let's assume for the sake of argument that it is "secure", meaning that no third party can read the emails in his server either through hacking or ...
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How (in)secure is POP/IMAP/SMTP

I'm making a few assumptions about basic email security, and I want to confirm or clarify some of these points to make sure I understand the big picture. Please correct me where I'm mistaken: The ...
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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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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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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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secure webmail provider

Which email providers (e.g. Gmail, Yahoo, etc) offer the most robust security for a personal email account? The recent article about Mat Honan getting hacked illustrates the challenge. The account ...
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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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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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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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How do spammers verify the validity of a huge amount of email addresses?

I noticed that there is an email address validation method, that is to telnet to a email MX server and send rcpt command to the server. But for this method, the MX server may abort connection after ...
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Can most mail from *.ru be considered spam?

Is it safe to assume that most, if not all, emails from a *.ru domain may be considered spam? From a log of 30000 emails from *.ru, its all been spam (over two months).
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Circumventing a “freemail” account form filter

I'll be honest - I want to download a free PDF from a website which requires me to enter my "non freeware" email address. I do have them, but I dont want to use one as I'm afraid of landing up on a ...
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Technical security issues with proactively executing a phishing campaign targeting your own users

We've had some issues with compromised accounts due to users falling victim to phishing campaigns. The possibility of us doing a phishing campaign against our own users to proactively shame them has ...
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spam with my own domain

At my work we have a very tricky issue with spam. We use postfix, and recently began to receive several spams mail with our own domain. This is obviously very prejudicial for us, because many ...
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Reporting a GMail hacker attack

This morning I found 17 e-mails in my GMail outbox that I didn't send. The e-mails were sent to seemingly random people from my GMail contacts and contained the link to a suspicious php file on ...
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Is it secure to have an “email no longer available” feature on your registration form?

I was just implementing a new feature on the registration form of my site that checks if an email address is still available to register an account with. I am wondering if it is secure to show a user ...
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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 ...
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Can the recipient of my emails know my IP address?

When I send out emails using gmail, is my IP address being recorded? can the recipient of my gmail message knows my IP address and thus infer where I am located?
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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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Is it possible for a phishing link to install a major virus on a Mac?

My girlfriend recently had her university MS Exchange account hacked. The attacker took over her email account and started using it to send thousands of spam emails. After a while, her email account ...
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With reference to using Gpg4win, which is better: OpenPGP or S/MIME?

Which is better -- OpenPGP or S/MIME for higher security?
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Is there any sense in using two-step authentication for personal email address?

There is two-step authentication available at gmail and outlook as well. There are some using it, but the majority doesn't. In what cases it is recommended? If I have a strong password what are the ...
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Obtaining e-mail address at registration

In a registration form the user is asked for his e-mail address. The e-mail address will be validated for the correct format (e.g. at the least contains @) and I'm considering checking if it's already ...
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Have both my email address and IP been spoofed, or has someone gotten my password, or…?

Just examined a spam email sent to me. The header's "originator" has both my email address and my web site's IP address, (my SMTP). My first thought is that someone has obtained my email password ...
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Why can't PGP/GPG Web-of-Trust be automated?

We heard lots of complaints about hard to use crypto tools, and recent ideas of Google how to fix this. I had another idea about this which seems quite obvious, but couldn't find anything about it on ...
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PHP mail() Header Injection Prevention

This site nicely explains the problem. Essentially, nearly all php mail() examples that are given are vulnerable to header injection attacks. The referenced site gives a regex sanitation solution ...