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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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Is it safe to abandon a free webmail account that has been in use for a significant amount of time?

I have a free webmail account that I have been using for around ten years now. Over the past two years I have almost phased out using this address. I have concerns around accounts that I may have ...
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Thunderbird - what happens if Gmail SSL cert gets spoofed?

I use a good MUA: Thunderbird [to read/reply to my emails on Gmail]. So: what happens, if i go to a place, where is public wifi, and someone tryes to sniff my password/username/emails? Questions: ...
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Safe to drop email verification when using Facebook login

If a user registers an account on my Website with Facebook authentication, can I safely skip the "verification email" that is usually sent to users who sign up without Facebook (that is, from a ...
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How long can I store personal information on unconfirmed subscriptions?

I have a monthly newsletter. In my subscribe form I use a double opt-in method: The visitor subscribes. I send him a confirmation email. If I receive a reply, I add him/her to my system. In the ...
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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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Is snail mail or HTTPS webmail safer for sensitive information?

I've been curious about the safety of e-mail lately. As far as I know, the most vulnerable point of communication is the local network you send your mail from. That is unless you're trying to keep ...
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What is the easiest way for a newbie to RSA to create & use a key pair on Windows?

So I need to get a block of text sent to me over email from a friend, but before he sends it he wants a public RSA key from me. Am wondering what is the simplest way for me as a newbie to generate ...
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If I send an email over SSL, will it always be transmitted over SSL?

This is largely a question of how MTAs and different components communicate. I'm curious that if I send an email using SMTP over SSL to my MTA, can it's next jump to the next MTA or MDA be insecure? ...
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Modes of Attack on Time-Bombed Password

I'm one of the co-founders of plaintextoffenders.com. We recently received a submission for which I'm not sure if there is a means of attack or not. The site in question is a hosting/VPS/etc. company. ...
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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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Are there any regulations against financial companies storing passwords in plaintext?

A bank that I use stores my password in cleartext or perhaps using reverisible encryption, which is just as bad. I know this because when you click "Forgot your password?" (or similar) link, it ...
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Is Username/Display Name Login more secure than email login?

I recently started playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, which for those of you who don't know, is an MMO. Before playing the game, I would always log in with my email/password combo. However, I got an ...
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Securely publishing GPG keys

This is probably a stupid question/vaguely defined, but I need to ask it anyway. I want to put a public key for mail exchange on my website, such that even very powerful adversary with power to ...
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Allow a PA to see a director's emails, but keep some emails private

We have a problem with email potentially being viewed by directors PAs, which we need to protect, the situation is as follows: Director A wants to send an email to Director B, both director A and ...
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Why don't more services offer encryption for email notifications?

I understand that using encryption for email isn't particularly mainstream (a fraction of a percentage of users, at a guess). Is that the only reason that banks and other sensitive companies do not ...
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Can the wifi administrator in a shared office see mail sent through outlook?

I am hot desking in the same office as a potential competitor & would be using the same wifi. The building owner runs the competitor company. My question is, can the wifi administrator see mail I ...
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Is it ok to email someone their password from a newly created account? [duplicate]

I have a pretty standard registration form. One thing I've decided to do away with is the requirement to enter the password twice, for usability reasons. In order to mitigate the increased risk of ...
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Using unique email address for online signups?

After reading the recent social engineering of a user's twitter handle, I started thinking about ways to improve my own online security. We can only do so much too protect ourselves because at the ...
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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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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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Do email clients reduce security?

I have recently taken a security course, and have learned a lot about, among other things, the way passwords are stored, etc. Afterwards I was thinking about the way that passwords are stored for ...
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Apart from the lack of native Oultook support, why should one prefer S/MIME over PGP/MIME for email?

From my (still quite subjective) point of view, GnuPG/PGP is superior to SSL (or more specifically, PGP/MIME over S/MIME; maybe in other areas SSL is the better choice), e.g. due to the support of ...
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Can email be encrypted before it reaches the mail server? If not, is there something that would allow something like this that's being worked on?

I was thinking about hosting my own email (own email server) instead of using Gmail. But then I realized I could never host my email on a server where I'm also hosting Wordpress. That is because I ...
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Secure file sharing, instead of attaching files to emails?

Allow me to give some background information, so you may understand my situation better. We have been prone to sending emails to unintended recipients, many of which contained confidential data. ...
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What questions should I ask a vendor that provides hosted encrypted email?

I am evaluating a service provider that performs the following functions with email: A user logs in to a web based application over an SSL connection. Email is composed in a web browser over the SSL ...
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Potential issues with Kim Dotcom's new proposed “encrypted webmail service”

Just spotted a Reddit thread about Kim Dotcom, of MegaUpload fame, planning to produce a secure webmail system that allows people to communicate securely, without the worry of having their messages ...
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How do I create a valid email certificate for Outlook S/MIME with openssl?

I need to create a certificate for email encryption and signing that has to be used by Outlook 2003+. I'm using OpenSSL, my self-signed root-CA is already imported into the trusted root-CA store. ...
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How to refuse delivering emails that are not signed by trusted PGP keys?

I'm fed up by spam and would like to have an email address that will only deliver mails signed by users I declared trusted. Some kind of purgatory for mails the signatures of which are trustworthy by ...
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what are some instances of compromises due to email sniffing?

Since emails are usually sent in plain text and bounced through a bunch of SMTP relays it is potentially possible for a well placed attacker to sniff for these and read emails without being able ...
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Securing an IMAP service

I need to secure an IMAP service running on dovecot. Which wrapping layers of security can I enhance security with? I am using most of the built-in dovecot-specific security features, like ...
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Security of PGP for Long-Term Storage

How secure are PGP/GPG encrypted mails? I realize that it's probably fine for regular e-mail scenarios, but what about the security over longer time periods (>30 years)? Is the 4096 bit limit for ...
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Security implications of storing email attachments on Centos Server

There is an application I am working on which requires processing the incoming mails to cs@company.com. The company.com mail accounts are being run via Google Apps for Business. So I fetch the ...
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What Gmail features should be Opted-Out to prevent PII from being indexed?

The Massachusetts and Nevada PII laws require all email with SSNs or other personally identifying information to be encrypted (TLS or otherwise). Of the free email providers, GMail does support TLS ...
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Possible ways to track down anonymous mail senders?

In my previous post here How can I send emails anonymously? the community framed and guided how we can send an anonymous emails through various ways which makes me thought about the following things ...
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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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Does an email signature increase security?

I'm using Thunderbird with Enigmail. It has both encrypt and sign options for sending PGP emails -- but why is an email signature needed? It just looks overkill to me! Alice and Bob can use PGP to ...
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Encrypting an email server's local drives or filesystems

Planning to deploy a remote hosted mailer (Zimbra based) I need to make sure the local data on the machine is encrypted. Currently, the plan is to use the built in LUKS to encrypt /opt/zimbra and ...
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How to know if mail is for tracking our IP

Consider if I have got a mail from a colleague on my GMail, and it has got some images or attachments in it. Gmail asks for "Show Images" option to explore images. My query is that how can we get to ...
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Is my email client violating my privacy?

There are many ways that emails can be used to violate the privacy of the recipient (Return-Receipt-To:, web bugs, iframes loaded from an external page, and other email tracking methods). It may be ...
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How “enforcable” are email disclaimers

Perhaps a more policy questions, and undoubtedly different in differnet parts of the world, but enterprise email "signatures" often include a snippet simmilar to the following: This email and any ...
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Clicked on fake “Download Now!” ad on file transfer site (legal file for legit purposes) by accident; does anyone know what measures I should take?

I was sent a file by a coworker via "sendshare" - my first time using the service. The page loaded a bit slowly and the ads came in before the actual download link. I was in a hurry to get the file - ...
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Email hacking myth

I never believed that some one can actually hack an email that easy. If someone hacks an email it means he actually hacked the server and he will gain access to many emails not to mine only. Anyway ...
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I found a malicious website embedded in Malware spam. What should I do?

An email is using social engineering to get users to click on a malicious URL that downloads javascript and then runs malicious code. Who should I report these malicious URLs to? (Microsoft ...
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I'm currently receiving a targeted attack

Since yesterday, I receive forged mails which are targeted at me. They use personal information, seem to come from one of my friends and only contain links to these web sites: http ...
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How can an internet contest verify unique votes with only an email as an input parameter?

For my computer security course we are brainstorming different ways to use attributes for a unique user (that are readily available over a network) to prevent various mischievous activities. We've ...
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I stupidly responded to an email from a hacker posing as a friend

I responded to an email from a hacker posing as a friend in distress. I have a really long secure password ... caps/special figures/numbers/over 14 characters long. My account name is my first, ...
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How does the Yahoo webmail exploit work?

I got an email (referring to me by name) from somebody I knew a while ago and the email itself was just two/three lines containing a bit-ly link. Although it seemed like it actually could be ...
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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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Can unencrypted email be read or altered while it is in transit?

If email is not secure while in transit, exactly how can it be read by unintended parties? Can an attacker read SMTP traffic while it is between the sender and recipient?