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Is there any security reason that mail services like gmail or yahoomail limit the size of file attachment?

Despite the fact that Email standards such as MIME don't specify any file size limits, but in practice email users will find that they can't send very large files(more than 20 or 25 MB). Some experts ...
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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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TLS library problem when connecting to Dovecot

I have a Comodo PositiveSSL certificate issued for mail.btcontract.com and I've set up Postfix and Dovecot to work with it in the following way: Postfix main.cf: smtpd_tls_cert_file = ...
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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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Would Axolotl Ratchet protocol be suitable for encrypting email communication?

Axolotl Ratchet is used by Textsecure and is an enhanced version of OTR in a way to make it suitable for mobile applications, which has the probability to encrypt messages without both parties to have ...
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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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Gmail lets me use my old password

My university's email works through Gmail and I can log on to it either through my uni's website or in Gmail. I recently changed my password and I use it to log in to the schools secure WiFi, school ...
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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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Bank Has Emailed My Social Security Number

I'm in the middle of getting a mortgage. Just now, my bank sent over an e-mail (sent to my Gmail account) with a bunch of .pdf attachments of documents I'm supposed to sign and return. The first ...
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iOS Mail App Security

I have my own domain name and I had some issues with the delivery time. So, I started looking at the mail header to see where my mail was stuck and why. That is not the issue.. While messing around ...
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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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Malicious users trying to create yahoo accounts with random emails at my domain?

Recently, I have been getting a string of emails from yahoo with people trying to create accounts or add email addresses @mydomain.tld to their account. I was wondering if anyone else has seen this ...
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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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How to reject e-mails spoofing your own domain targeting your employees at Office365?

One problem Office365 users deal with is that an external SMTP server can spoof the domain of an organization and send e-mails to the domain users; where the e-mails appear to be from employees of the ...
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Does Outlook “trusted domain” actually do any sort of checking?

When you receive an email containing pictures from a new domain in Outlook you can right-click on the address and "Mark this domain as trusted" which will autoload all the photos on future emails. ...
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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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How can I convince my customers not to send Credit Card data over email?

My wife and I run an online business. For a long time we would accept credit cards over our website, and cash or bank drafts in person. However, as time went on my wife picked up the Square to process ...
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Possible for Lync (Skype for Business) to adopt Activesync-style policies?

My compliance manager recently told me that Lync IMs should be treated as e-mail for compliance purposes. This also made me realize that our other email policies (encrypted device, pin required, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why don't banks sign their email using S/MIME?

If email sent by my bank included S/MIME signatures that my mail client can verify, then I would have the assurance that the mail was not tampered with or sent by some malicious third-party. Most ...
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HTML Entities to hide Email Addresses

I'm on WordPress trying to keep spambots from grabbing email addresses that may be in The Content. WordPress has a nifty little function simply called antispambot() which will convert the email ...
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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 it safe to email the contents of your .htaccess?

If you assume that you're not on HTTPS or that, at least, the security of your connection is compromised, is it safe to email someone the contents of your site's .htaccess file? I'm a novice in this ...
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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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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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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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Two-Factor Authentication: When is it worth it?

I was reading this article, and it triggered the question: Why not use two factor authentication? In his case, it both possibilities were enabled anyway, so this looks to me like it's two attack ...
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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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Spoofing email From address

Providing all legal measures are taken care of, what are some of the ways someone can spoof an email "From" field address and actually get the email to the recipient without spam filters getting 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 possible and does it make sense to sign an E-mail with PGP and S/MIME?

After some research without any answer to my question, if it's possible and does it make sense to sign an E-mail with PGP and s/mime (?), I'm hoping to get an answer here. I know that, PGP and S/MIME ...
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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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Is it possible to infect an e-mail by accident?

Sometimes, my friends send me e-mails. I know that they don't care that much about computer security (while I care). I know that they don't know how to create an infected e-mail (no reason for doing ...
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Gmail may be hacked - bulk spam emails being sent FROM Google apps account

I have a Google Apps email (Gmail with my own domain) - let's call it John@example.com. 3 days ago many people in my address book were sent a spam email FROM my John@example.com account. When I ...
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Security of Yahoo's new authentication: On-demand password

Yahoo is trying to remove passwords from authentication and use on-demand password authentication system instead. I wonder how this new system will be secure? Even if somebody steal your mobile can ...
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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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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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Potential employer wants me to email my SSN with an application form, is this a major security risk?

I'm job hunting at the moment and I've come across several potential employers that have PDF's that you would download, fill in, and then email to them. I feel EXTREMELY uncomfortable sending my ...
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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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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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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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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 ...