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Is Google overreaching by forcing me to use TLS?

Gmail was recently changed to require HTTPS for everyone, whether they want to use it or not. While I realize that HTTPS is more secure, what if one doesn't care about security for certain accounts? ...
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Webpage sent me my password in clear text can it be secure? [duplicate]

I registered for a webpage years ago and have been using it without issues, today I made some changes to my account and they sent me an email containing my username and password in clear text. I ...
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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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Can viewing an email message in Outlook 2013 install malware on my computer?

I routinely get spam messages which state "Your account for [Insert game here] has been flagged. If you don't click this link/send us this info/go to this website in the next 72 hours, your account ...
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Best practice for sending IP Addresses

IP Addresses are pretty common around the internet so they're often easily found in plain text. However, let's say there's a number of IP addresses configured on a server to allow access through a ...
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Which mail clients support PGP/MIME - is there an overview? [closed]

Does anyone know if there is a current overview (I only found ones from before 2006) which MUAs (mail clients) do support PGP/MIME? I wonder whether there still exist issues like "Outlook Express ...
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How likely would /var/mail be encrypted in a paid host? [closed]

I pay for a very basic web hosting plan, which includes a personal email address. Would the sysadmin of said host be able to read the content of my messages? How likely would my personal mail folder ...
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Email activation string with MD5'd random number and email secure?

For the registration on my PHP powered website, I require email confirmation. After a user registers, a string is generated with the following code and sent to their email address. $key = ...
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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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Passwordless login over email - security considerations

I'm proposing the use of a login system that sends a one-time login token (with high entropy) via email to the user. After using the token, the user receives another token via email and the previous ...
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Is it a good practice to include a download URL of my GPG public key in my email signature?

I was wondering if I can put a download URL for my recipients to get my GPG public key easily in my email signature. Is this a good practice? If not, what's a good alternative?
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How could a third-party know the contents of an email I sent to someone?

Apparently, a third party knew the contents of an email I sent to someone within an hour after I sent it. The following possibilities come into mind: The recipient forwarded the email to the third ...
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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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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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Is it insecure to send an email from a PHP script to an email address on the same domain?

I have a php script that sends an email using mail(). The php script lives on domain.com, and it sends the email to info@domain.com. Is this a secure transaction? The website runs over https.
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How to find out the email host of a vanity email address?

Assuming a person gets his own domain address, say, theperson.com. He then goes on to create a vanity email address with that domain. e.g. me@theperson.com. me@theperson.com may be hosted by the ...
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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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Don't understand how my mum's Gmail account was hacked

My mum (on Gmail, using Chrome) received an email from a friend's Hotmail address. She opened the email (very obviously a phishing email) and clicked a link in it. This opened a webpage with loads of ...
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How can I prove to a third party that I'm sending the emails I'm supposed to?

Suppose one of my duties for a small organization is to send out statements to clients by email. Suppose one of the directors / owners / trustees want to be able to audit the numbers. Specifically he ...
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Keep receiving delivery failures for emails im not sending

I have my own domain, and a few email addresses on it, including a catch all address, with Google Apps. Recently, my catchall address has been receiving "delivery failure" emails from many different ...
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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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Is sending authorizing links through e-mail a vulnerability?

I am not sure if my wording is right, but if I attach a unique token inside email links which will authorize the user if clicked, would you consider this a vulnerability? Password-reset partly ...
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E-mail already in use exploit

I have a registration portal where user inputs his details and then a valid email account. Currently I check the email is not used already and if it is I reply with the classic: "email already in ...
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Emails are forwarded to wrong addresses and possible hacking?

Multiple email addresses for my domain have been compromised. My client forwarded me an old email which he sent me few days ago but I haven't received that email. That email was sent to an email ...
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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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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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What Information is Exposed When I Send A Message From My Mobile Device

When I send a text message and/or an email, with or without location services turned on, what information is available to the recipient of that message if they know how to read the data behind the ...
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Is winmail.dat a malware propagation vector?

Some of my coworkers use Microsoft Outlook (I believe) and have it configured in such a way that mail attachments are encapsulated in winmail.dat files. Apart from the general annoyance and lack of ...
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Someone keeps using my email address. What to do?

I have had a GMail ever since it was created, so it's an email address that is easy to remember, but also easy for somebody else to get confused with. Since I'm not going to post my email address ...
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Sharing passwords through email can be considered insecure?

I'm responsible to create new accounts for some services on my job. Some of these service do not allow password change by the user, so in the case the user wants to change its password, he would need ...
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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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Hack profile identification

What does it suggest about a "hack" when people I know get emails from me, but my email password hasn't been changed to lock me out? (Not a spoofed sender - I see some in my sent folder). If my ...
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Are there any mail services that don't store encryption keys?

According to this article => http://www.howtogeek.com/166507/why-most-web-services-dont-use-end-to-end-encryption/ Gmail doesn't store the encryption key. But Gmail reads whole of users' email for ...
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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 to manage security for multiple PC and VM?

I have a firewall VM which creates I have used to setup subnet for different purposes. For example: (fake ips, of course) 1.1.2.1/24 DMZ 1.1.3.1/24 Internal 1.1.5.1/24 security/logging I use ...
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Email Spoofing by SMTP Message-ID?

Many of my users today got email from docs#@mydomain.com (where docs# was between docs0 and docs8 or so, and mydomain.com is obviously changed from my real domain name), with the sender name of ...
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How do fake emailers work?

Our University recently had a case where some notorious fellows used a fake emailing service to send an email to all students on behalf of the administration. Although most good email services (like ...
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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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What is the most secure way to send emails using PGP?

I am a PGP beginner, having just downloaded GPG for OS X. I created my first pub/sec key for my email address and uploaded it to the public key server. GPG has several features available, namely: 1) ...
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What information can be gained from an Email Header?

What information is present in an Email Header that can be used to track a sent mail? For example, are some of these present? Web Browser used? Operating system Type of Network (broadband/dial up)? ...
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Is it possible for an attacker to change my sent emails content before arrival?

I have a web application that sends "change password link" to user that wants to changhe his password. The link is something like this: http:// ...
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Hotmail security

Recently I've been receiving in my SPAM folder, SPAM mails sent "by me". With "By me" I mean, that I am not sure if those are really sent from me. It has been happening since December, at around one ...
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Needed: Reference data on the rate of adoption of secure email protocols [closed]

I am working on a security presentation in which I need to show that the incidence of unencrypted email protocols (e.g. POP, IMAP without STARTTLS) over the past 10 years has decreased and the amount ...
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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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Question: How to plan email policy for start-ups?

I'm a part of a software start-up. I've the role of IT admin as well as requirement gathering (business analysis). Right now we're a team of seven people and we all are in the 'core team'. Now we're ...
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How to prevent email discovery in forms?

Being on the company security email list, I get emails with some regularity complaining about email discovery on various forms on my employers website. The reporters are complaining about things like ...
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Tracking down the source of email attacks

For the past week our company's IDS has been blocking 100-200 meeting invite emails per day from a specific client that are loaded with buffer overflows targeted at Exchange 2003. The payloads are ...
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How to pass an email address securely to a web application X embedded inside a web application Y

The scenario I'm trying to address is this: There is a web application Y which has an authenticated user. Inside Y, web application X is hosted (which belongs to a different domain). When X is ...
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Can one be infected just by reading an e-mail [duplicate]

I have heard several people say that you shouldn't even open e-mails that look suspicious, as you might be infected by a virus of some kind. Is there any validity to this? I suppose that some e-mails ...
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Security Certificate not from a valid authority

I have no real knowledge about this stuff so I figured I'd ask here for some answers. So I started to get this "Security Certificate not issued by a valid authority" error when using my email client ...