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Somebody is spoofing my email to send spam messages, and I have no idea how to block

Someone is using my Google Apps Email ID to send spam messages and I've received 2000+ undelivered and autorespond emails. I have no idea how to block this because the spammer is also using my email ...
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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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Why is encryption (or signing) of long lines in E-Mails with PGP problematic?

I am using Thunderbird with Enigmail and OpenPGP to encrypt and/or sign E-Mails. On many occasions Enigmail complains that I have too long lines in the mail and asks how it should wrap them. However ...
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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 a security issue to allow nearly identical email addresses when registering?

Say you have a website where it is possible to create accounts for all of the following email addresses: 'test@test.com' 'test@test.com ' 'test@test.com;' 'test@test.com;test2@test.com' Should this ...
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For users that does not use PGP, what would be the other channel to securely send them a document?

I would like to send a document that is confidential to users that have no clue what PGP is (so no point in teaching them how to install it etc...) via email. The real question is how to do that? ...
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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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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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Should I change phone number and e-mail address after PayPal fraud?

I have been the victim of PayPal fraud. I hadn't used PayPal in a year and then within 9 days there were three unauthorized transactions on my account for a total of 150 Canadian dollars and 290 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can my email account be accessed without the password? How secure is it?

Can my email account be accessed without the password, and how secure is email if I store my personal documents on it? And how come Yahoo Mail asks me to tell them my friends and folders names to ...
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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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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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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 off-the-record style encryption possible with email?

The instant messaging world has off-the-record encryption - which means you get authentication, encryption, and forward deniability. Key material is published after a session ends such that an ...
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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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Is it inconsistent to tell users to “not click on password links in email”, and requiring clicks on “forgot password” links?

On one hand, IT Security shops have been telling users to not click on links in email because they can do damage to your computer, or phish your personal information. Many of those issues are ...
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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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Is there any security benefit of not using email services recently associated with PRISM?

After the recent disclosure of several major email providers cooperating with NSA, is there any real security benefit of not using these email services and choose some alternative instead? Such as ...
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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 know my IP address and thus infer where I am located?
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what would be a good way for a doctor to send xrays encrypted to another doctor?

As a dentist, I often want to send medical information including digital xrays to another doctor. What would be a good/easy way to do this encrypted? Our organization currently requires that all ...
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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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What email addresses are treated as trusted?

Windows Live recently suffered a security incident because they didn't realize that email addresses like administrator@live.fi are considered "trusted": some certificate authorities will consider ...
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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 are ProtonMail keys distributed?

There is a service called ProtonMail. It encrypts email on the client side, stores encrypted message on their servers, and then the recipient decrypts it, also on the client side and the system ...
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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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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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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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How secure is using CRAM-MD5 for email authentication, when not using an SSL connection?

Background: My current server-provider tells me it's no problem to store the passwords in plain-text in the database, saying he has to do so because they use CRAM-MD5 for email authentication. My ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Best practices when forwarding an email or copy / pasting from confidential information sources?

I get asked this a lot from older people, or for legal matters. They want to forward an email message they've received to another party, while removing any identifying information from the first party ...
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How did the spammers get this address?

A few months ago I configured a test mail server on Amazon AWS, all legit. I used a new address to my catchall-domain (something similar to, but not exactly, ...
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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 prove my Gmail has been hacked?

I believed that someone had hacked my Gmail because they were using information contained within my emails in an attempt to try to convince me that they were psychic. I told them that I didn't believe ...
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Email headers from messages sent via Gmail online client contain private IP addresses. What are these addresses?

Someone has sent a sensitive email from my Gmail account. I wanted to trace the IP address by checking out the Received: by X field in the header of the sent message. However, every message that is ...
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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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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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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 ...