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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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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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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 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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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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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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What's the best duration for storing e-mail? [closed]

We’ve all become so accustomed to using email in our daily personal and working lives that we really don’t give a whole lot of thought to it. It’s the fastest way to communicate with others in the ...
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Fake email messages via List-Unsubscribe header

List-Unsubscribe email header makes it possible to recipient to automatically unsubscribe from the mailing list: List-Unsubscribe: <mailto:list@host.com?subject=unsubscribe&body=qwe> Free ...
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is it possible to use smime in the webclient of gmail?

I could not find any options in the webinterface of Gmail. all I could find was a Firefox plugin to use SMIME with Gmail, but it seems to be outdated
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Is e-mailing personal information significantly riskier than transmitting the same information another way?

I've been asked by bankers, school administrators, insurance agents, car salesmen, realtors, you name it to send them all kinds of information over e-mail over the years. Everything from my address ...
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Reading older mails signed with a certificate that has meanwhile expired

A few years ago I have used S/MIME certs to sign (and encrypt) my mails. The reason for which I stopped signing was the following: My (class 2) cert was issued on Jan. 1st 2008 (just a sample). It ...
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The safest way to access GMail on mobile devices

There are three ways to access your GMail account on iPhone or iPad devices: 1. Use safari browser 2. Use Apple's default mail app 3. Use Google's Gmail app What is the safest way to access gmail ...
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Spam fighting idea

I have this crazy idea that spam e-mail would not be worth the time of the senders. This is how it's going to work. Someone sets up a reputation-based site, much like stackexchange sites, where ...
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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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How did the spam email sender get my name?

Some time ago I bought something online from a reputable website. I paid through my credit card and everything worked fine. The thing which is important to note is that the name used on the credit ...
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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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Can I reclaim ex employee gmail account?

This is the best place in SE I can find to post this. We have an ex employee who created a gmail account for work purposes that looks like staff_name.company_name@gmail.com He left the company and ...
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How to Stop Email Spoofing [closed]

Apart from SPF, what else can be done to stop hackers from spoofing your company's email addresses?
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is it possible to sniff email content inside network?

I am working in a IT company. I am using LAN for all internet activities. I send some email from my personal gmail account. My network administrator sniffed all email I send from LAN and he shows the ...
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Can someone know my IP address through Thunderbird email attachments?

Can someone know my IP address through Thunderbird email attachments? Can a cunning attacker manage to find my IP address through attachment 'images' in emails that I unsuspectingly open?
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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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HOWTO : Email encryption in a browser

I have read about encryption and I think it's a good idea for me to encrypt my email. I run ubuntu 12.10 and use Firefox for browsing. In my quest for learning how to use gmail/hotmail to send and ...
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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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How might an email do damage merely by being opened?

E.g. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2094982/Threat-new-virus-infected-emails-PC-DONT-open-attachments.html?ito=feeds-newsxml Assuming that the user clicks no links and opens no ...
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Is TLS flawless enough to prevent eavesdropping carried out by an ISP?

I would like to "secure" my email, http servers and desktop client by connecting exclusively over TLS, be it email, in/out:80 or just regular "web surfing" traffic. Will that prevent ISP and ...
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Email header IP address

Do the IP addresses in an email header include information from the device from which the mail is being sent, or from the mail server?
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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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Is PGP combined with a regular web-based email service secure?

With the disappearance of private email services like Lavabit and Tormail (http://www.dailydot.com/news/email-anonymous-hushmail-lavabit-nsa/) it seems that we will need to resort back to standard ...
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A Secure Email Host Architecture

How would one go about creating a secure email architecture? I'm thinking specifically about protecting email from routine surveillance from oppressive regimes and corporations. I had a think about ...
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Is update@em.facebookmail.com legitimate?

I'm having a hard time figuring out whether this email a friend of mine got is legit or a scam. The weird thing is there's only one link to facebook.com, which is the one about facebook terms. All the ...
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Can my ISP read my gmail even when using HTTPS? Is there a way to prevent that?

Can my ISP read my gmail or other email even when using HTTPS? I guess they can do that since they are the "man-in-the-middle". Is there a way to prevent that? This is related to the news that in ...
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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 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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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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Delivery Failure Notification spam protection?

My domain (example.com) has recently been targeted by spammers who are sending email (somewhere) but forging the sender as random-name@example.com. I have been getting flooded by delivery failure ...
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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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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 can hackers guess passwords (using dictionary attack or brute force) without being locked out?

Nowadays almost every website you want to register in; is asking you to create a complicated password...But why cant we use simple passwords? I am just wondering because in case of multiple wrong ...
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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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How is ZixCorp able to provide email encryption without a password?

I am trying to understand how/if an email I received is being encrypted. A financial institution sent me a verifiable email (i.e. not phising) asking me to fill out a pdf form to complete a ...
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spam: several secret inboxes targeted at once. risk or coincidence?

I have a domain that is only used by me, with several inboxes in the format aep-x-company@domain , where i replace 'company' with wherever i sign up. This way i can detect when someone sells email ...
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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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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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PGP-encrypted Email or SSL/TLS Webform for Responsible Disclosure Communication?

So it's a fairly simple question. When offering an avenue to security researchers for communication with us regarding disclosure of security vulnerabilities, what's the best way to do so? Assume we ...