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How to safely display html emails like gmail does it?

I'm building a webmail, which must be able to display html emails. But how to prevent xss and similiar attacks, while not loosing html formatting? In gmail, when I receive some emails from, lets say, ...
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Is sending password to user email secure?

How secure is sending passwords through email to a user, since email isn't secured by HTTPS. What is the best way to secure it? Should i use encryption?
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How should an ISP approach Mutual Auth TLS for SMTP email? (Domain Auth Email)

I'm looking for an easy to deploy way to make email clients (MUAs) display my email messages in a secure manner. PGP and SMIME both do this today, but they are high touch, and require software or ...
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How can hotels securely receive your credit card details (for a custom, one-off payment)?

A hotel belonging to a large chain (400 hotels in 60 countries) has just requested me to send my credit card details via standard (unsecured) email. I have negotiated a deal for accommodation with ...
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How can a gmail recipient open email in two different countries, at the same time?

I sent an email to person in Russia, and tracked it with Right Inbox, when the email is opened I get notified. The problem is I get 2 different IP addresses, one in Russia, and one in the US, both ...
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Businesses Handling Credit Cards via Email

I have done some I.T. contracting for a medium-sized Australian hotel recently. I am concerned about their credit card handling practices. Customers often email their CC number and expiry date in ...
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Is using 'dot' and 'at' in email addresses in public text still useful?

When entering your email address publicly, a practice is to replace . with text dot and @ with text at. I assume that the reasoning is that this way automatic email-collector robots won't match your ...
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Are web scrapers fooled by obscured emails anymore? [duplicate]

It's a common practice online that instead of writing your email as someone@example.com people will instead write it as someone AT example.com in an attempt to make it harder for web scrapers to find ...
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Best practices for passwords on registration?

I have a website which users register an account. On the registration field, the form fields are: Name Email Confirm email Username But there is no password field. When they hit submit, they are ...
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Using anonymous email as official email

Assuming I have created an email in hushmail through of tor, and if I use it as my official email in a site such as Github. Will it throw my anonymity away as I use github from a regular browser?
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Is a ptr mechanism in an SPF record secure?

If I understand http://www.openspf.org/SPF_Record_Syntax correctly, any machine with an IP that points to my-domain.com can send email as if it's from my-domain.com if I'm using ptr in my SPF record. ...
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Is it possible to trick a CA into signing a certificate by intercepting on SSL domain validation email?

From my understanding domain validation certificate are verified by receiving an email on some special email addresses on the domain (e.g. postmaster@example.com, admin@example.com) or by sending on ...
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How to Check if my mail is classified as Spam

I think several of mails are classified as spam.But Gmail and other Public Email providers has no issues. It might be a false positive cases with the associated tools Is there a tool or a way by ...
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Why would an attacker try to guess random email usernames on a small domain?

My mail server has recently come under a very bizarre attack. Every five to ten minutes, a new IP connects to SMTP, attempts to try weird usernames (like pil, bennett, netscape, msfuser, desktop, ...
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Should you let users know if an email has been taken during registration validation? [duplicate]

In many web applications, email is required to be a unique field, and users aren't allowed to register an account if their email already exists in the database. When performing validation on the ...
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How webmail's authorisation should work?

I'm building a webmail client (like gmail). It allows the user to browse emails and send them. Under the hood, php uses IMAP and SMTP to talk with email server. user->webserver->mailserver When user ...
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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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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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Generating token for email validation and registration security

My boss gave me a list of 8K users in csv format and asking me to create accounts for them. The list have users with gmail, hotmail, and organization email addresses. I am using MVC 5 and ASP.NET ...
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Is e-mail authentication using a hashed ( address + string ) insecure?

I want to give a newsletter subscriber the possibility to change his information. Since we're using an external company for sending our newsletter I can't put a key right into the newsletter (or not ...
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My sendmail started sending spam; what is causing it to do so? [closed]

Today my sendmail service started sending e-mail to various addresses. /var/spool/mail: From MAILER-DAEMON@noxcommunity.com Fri Jan 30 22:15:30 2015 Return-Path: ...
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What do I do about a forgotten, ancient PGP key?

So I just created a new PGP key because I want to start using PGP to encrypt my emails. Lo and behold, this is apparently not my first attempt to use PGP. Five years ago, I created another PGP key ...
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Could someone stop another from accessing their own online account?

Suppose Alice isn't able to break into Bob's email account, but Alice can still do damage to Bob (a VIP) if she can stop him from being able to use his own email (or any other online) account to send ...
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Gmail disclosing your account name to recipients? [closed]

My Gmail setting has forever been set to send emails with just my Gmail address as the identifier, so it should not send out my account name (first or last name)... or so I thought! Recently I got a ...
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Security of email sent/received on iPhone via Mail app

In regards to the default Mail app on iOS 8, setup with various mail accounts gmail, outlook etc. Are emails sent/received to/from the phone securely, if so, how? Can someone who is snooping on the ...
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Strong email validation. Is it really necessary?

I am working on one of my projects where users don't need to register or login to post an advert, but they have to provide email so that a confirmation link will be sent to their email address for ...
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phishing message in Outlook signature?

One of my organization's users just showed us an interesting problem: every message they tried to send (in OWA 365) contained the following scary text: Your mailbox has exceeded one or more size ...
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Does Thunderbird send IP address?

I send my gmail emails from thunderbird (on Ubuntu machine). I am wondering whether thunderbird sends out the IP? If so, how can I hide my IP from the outgoing emails?
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Making a bitcoin-like secure mail protocol, how to tackle public keys?

I'm making a new mail protocol (probably already exists, but I've learnt a lot of things about security and privacy on the way). Here's the summary(much simpler if you know bitcoin's inner workings): ...
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Email “privacy” when sending within same domain

Scenario: email is hosted third party (think Outlook, Gmail etc.) I am sending email to another person with an email account on the same domain (think from user1@example.com to user2@example.com) ...
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Is my Postfix and Dovecot configuration secure?

Today I set up my first server with Dovecot and Postfix. These are excerpts from the configuration files: Dovecot: disable_plaintext_auth = yes ssl = required ssl_prefer_server_ciphers = yes ...
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Email, Certificates and DANE [closed]

Does DANE offer the ability to provide certificates for services? Or is it just hosts? How does one specify a mail server with DANE? If my email is jd@foo.com but mail.bar.com is the email server, ...
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Can't mail stolen session ID [closed]

I'm working on this platform: http://testfire.net/ With this script I can see the cookie: "><script>alert(document.cookie)</script> So now I'm trying to mail this cookie to me. ...
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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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Getting Loads of Emails 'linking' my account to Gmail accounts I know nothing about

I have just come out of hospital and have in the region of 30 e-mails from gmail over the past few days 'linking' a gmail account to my (hotmail) email address. I have not done this once never mind ...
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My certificate seems fine but my TLS fails (Cert not validated)

I set up my certificate for my mail server at https://mail.xxxx.com/ I exported my certificate as described in my mail servers documentation and pointed to it in the server settings. The certificate ...
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Two-way PGP email without publishing your key / address to a key server?

If I want to have some privacy and avoid the attention of publishing my email address to the public key server web of trust, yet have a secure two-way email conversation with one recipient, what are ...
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is this secure: email account that can only be accessed by sending and receiving emails within gmail

i am creating a game of sorts where you use and earn credits to accomplish tasks. I am curious if you can effectively use gmail's security features to secure these submissions if the emails are all in ...
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Forgotten password or reset link, which is more secure to email?

I originally posted this as a reply here in this thread but didn't get much feedback on it, and now I'm curious as to what others think is the best approach, or if there is any difference between the ...
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Best approach to confirm email within mobile app?

Would appreciate your opinion on the options explored: a- Launch app and ask for a verification code that was sent to user email? b- Launch app by clicking deep link + verification code in the ...
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Email account password change via email-to-script

I host a mail server (postfix and dovecot) and I wish to set up a password change feature (especially useful when creating a new address provided with a temporary password). Does my scenario has ...
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What real world benefits does PGP have over sending email with SSL/TLS such as with HTTPS?

I've been learning about PGP, and I asked myself, "Why?" For example, if I'm using https://mail.google.com, then what benefit would adding PGP offer that would justify it being used? I can ...
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Fake “FROM” email to allocate to account

We are allocating emails to their online account. We discovered you can send a false email with a script by changing the "from" or "reply-to" in the email header. There must be a safe way to test the ...
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Yahoo Account hacked, changed pw, spam still going out elsewhere?

Spam emails went out for an hour earlier this week bearing my Yahoo account in the FROM field and going out to all my contacts. I changed the password, then saw (via rejected emails sent to my Yahoo ...
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Corporation Best Practices for Encrypting Locally Stored Email Data

Since the recent Sony hacks took place, the attackers have published troves of data from users' email accounts. Some of this data is very detrimental to the company's image. I suspect that based on an ...
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Is hacking my own account illegal? [closed]

I have just learned email hacking and I want to test it. I am well aware that if I hack into any email account, there are chances that my email service provider will track me. So if I hack into my ...
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What does proxyexec + cagefs.server mean in the e-mail X-Source-Args?

I've the following headers in the e-mail which I've received as spam: X-Source: X-Source-Args: /usr/sbin/proxyexec -q -d -s /var/run/proxyexec/cagefs.sock/socket /bin/cagefs.server X-Source-Dir: ...
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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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Suspecious js file sent as email attachment

I received a js file with following code in my spam folder but I decided to take a look into the file. Do anybody of you know what does this code might do? var evl='';function nr() { evl = '}; ' + ...
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How secure is an Activation Email?

Is there any risk to an Activation Email? My ASP.NET Site is set up so that a user has to check their Email and click an activation link which is made of a GUID created as their user ID in the SQL ...