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Using + for email addresses to find out who is selling your data: is it naive or is it effective?

It's pretty common among security-minded folks to fill in addresses using e.g. foo+company@gmail.com when disclosing their email address to company so that they can tell if company has sold their ...
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Are newly-generated recovery passwords sent to me via email hashed? [duplicate]

If a company sends me a new password via SMS/email because I clicked "forgot my password." Does that mean the company is not actually hashing my passwords?
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The registration confirmation email contains my password: do they keep it in plaintext?

I was kind of shocked when I just received my confirmation mail from the shop where I just registered myself: they sent my username (which is my email address) and the password I typed in. The ...
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Is it a bad idea for an information holder to e-mail a user their password?

A couple of websites with which I'm registered have, after a period of inactivity on my part, each sent me an e-mail to remind me that I'm still registered. In each case, that e-mail has included my ...
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What is the point of secure email gateways?

We run Exchange 2010. Our edge servers run "passive opportunistic TLS" for 99% of the domains we communicate with. For a handful of domains, we have forced TLS on both our end and the other domain's ...
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What are the security reasons for disallowing the plus sign in email addresses?

My question is based on this tweet after I commented about forbidding + symbols in email addresses. The tweet says, "This is a measure we've taken for security reasons." This can be frustrating and ...
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How commonly are SSL/TLS or S/MIME used by e-mail providers?

I was reading through different posts here about email security. After reading these I still have some questions. I understand that S/MIME can be used to transfer email securely between servers. ...
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What are the disadvantages to the site owner to have third parties e-mails displayed publicly?

I frequently have to remind my members not to post their e-mails due to spam bots. One of them told me he doesn't care about that since his spam filter is good enough. If I allow him to do that, are ...
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Track mail sender from Mesh network [closed]

Mesh network have one router connected to WAN or Internet so IP address is allocated to that router will be exiting point for all the nodes.. and other routers will have Internet connection from that ...
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how to trace or get evidence you've been hacked [closed]

my devices and my network have been compromised. I foolishly left my router unprotected and they were able to gain access to all my apple devices and then install some sort of software that will take ...
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How to stop gmail spam after connecting to public wifi without VPN on Android?

About two weeks ago, I had to reply to an urgent email (gmail) on my Android phone with the Gmail app. Unfortunately, my VPN client refused to work that day (Private Internet Access Android Client), ...
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How i can stop already sent email? [closed]

I have a Gmail account. Unfortunately I have sent an email from my Gmail account. How I can stop or back this email ?
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Simplifying SMIME by re-using the Public & Private key across email accounts

I need to simplify (at the cost of security features) an SMIME deployment. How can I generate a CSR that reuses the same public and private key for more than one email address? In other words, I ...
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Email instead of username

I am wondering about the security implications of using email as the main identifier via which a user logs in (with an associated password, of course). Can I treat it as I would a normal username or ...
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Attaching the same file to two separate email, does it compromise security of the “message”

When using (Thunderbird and) GnuPG to send a PGP/MIME message to two separate recipients, with the text body different in both messages, but the same file attached to both of them, does this give an ...
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Is there a secret-sharing public-key-encryption-based service? [closed]

I need to share some sensitive information with someone else who can only communicate via E-mail. I don't love the idea of sharing this information freely over email in plain text, so I was ...
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VPS Privacy: OpenVZ vs KVM vs Xen

Considering OpenVZ, KVM and Xen: Which VM technology is the most difficult for the host's administrators to access given an encrypted root partition? Can I have a reasonable expectation that rogue ...
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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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Is it bad to only sign some of a domain's emails with DKIM?

Is it OK if I sign a subset of domain emails, or is this an all-or-nothing game? We use Amazon's Simple-Email-Service for sending e-commerce emails. We would like to sign these with DKIM. This same ...
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Random token and email confirmation key of 10 chars sufficient?

I have a function that returns random unguessable keys with the following characters: a-z A-Z 0-9. I have set the key length to 10 and I am using that for my form tokens to prevent CRSF and I will be ...
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Shared hosting mail server, Thunderbird and encryption

In spite of much searching on the internet, I can't really get an adequate understanding of this topic, perhaps because it combines multiple elements. As a result, I'm really worried about the state ...
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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 BSI’s process good? (Informing email address owners that their address/password (of unknown/different accounts) was stolen)

The German BSI (Federal Office for Information Security) claims to have got a list of 18 million email addresses and passwords – supposed to be the result of identity theft. They allow to check if ...
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Why does PGP work with the CC field in e-mails?

I was wondering how PGP works with a CC. In my understanding, if I send an e-mail to foo@example.com and use baz@example.org in the CC, Enigmail would have to encrypt the e-mail once for every user ...
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Girlfriend just sent Personal info over email

My GF just hit me up and told me she just sent some of her personal info over an email. She was trying to send her folks some documents.I guess the documents had some sensitive info on them Like her ...
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How could someone create a Facebook account with my email address without stealing it?

Someone with the same name as my sister seems to have inadvertently created a Facebook account with her email address. The funny thing is that this person doesn't seem to have ever accessed my ...
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How to secure Outlook [Resolved]

I was curious on some best practices for securing Outlook against hackers. The data transmitted between the email server and client are almost always encrypted these days but I haven't seen a great ...
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How do I determine S/MIME encryption used?

From what I understand it seems that S/MIME uses PKCS #7 which can handle various different types of encryption. How is the choice of encryption method made by the e-mail client and how do I know what ...
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Paypal Account created using my gmail account

Some time ago, probably about 6 months, somebody hacked my email account and used gmail settings to forward my emails to him/her. I noticed that, removed the forward and changed the password. Now, I ...
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Does SMIME differ from TLS, PGP, DMARC signature, or a Portal Encrypted email message in terms of legal non-repudiation?

I'm interested in protecting email messages from NSA-style snooping, but don't want to incur additional legal risk in doing so. In other words, does SMIME encryption and/or signing cause a given ...
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Why shouldn't I sign my email newsletter using an s/mime email certificate?

I currently offer email subscriptions on my blog, something I coded myself in PHP. People sign up on the blog using their email address. I send them an email with a link to verify their email address ...
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How do botnets deliver spam? [closed]

I can't seem to find the answer to this question. I read that botnet bots are used as email relays (they have smtp servers installed). Wikipedia on Open mail relay: "(...)Internet initiatives to ...
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Is my PC safe? need help

About 6 days ago my parents who aren't great with PCs got phished on gmail, and the account started spreading spam. It had been hacked on an Argentinian IP, and then logged in from IMAP and SMTP from ...
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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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Spam that comes from names in my address book, but not their email addresses

I've recently received two spam messages that show a possibly worrying degree of knowledge about my contacts, and I'm wondering how concerned I should be. Specifically, the names -- but not the email ...
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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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What is the technical rationale behind intermediary email servers?

EFF's Survelliance Self-Defense (SSD) project has an illustration of how email over SMTP goes through intermediate mail exchange servers: AFAIK each intermediate servers is expected to add its own ...
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Automated software hackers use to try passwords

Because of the eBay hacking, I had to go and look for other accounts that I have used the same password to change the passwords on those site as well. (I know that it's very bad to have same passwords ...
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How to sniff email with https on Windows? [closed]

I am working now on Windows 7 and I want to see if I can sniff an email content on it with Wireshark. So all right with http but with https I can't at this moment and I don't understand how. You ...
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PayPal phishing attempt?

[This is a "soft" question and as such I'm not sure it's appropriate for this site. However, it does involve information security.] I have an email address, me@gmail.com that is not associated with ...
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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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What kind of information can be found from email?

When an average person sees an email, he can see only part of an information enclosed in the mail. To see full information one can look at the source of an email, which shows more. Example of an email ...
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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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What is the proper terminology for the various SMTP tunnel encryption solutions?

I'm writing up documentation and want to ensure that I'm using proper terminology. 1) What is the proper technical term for the SMTP tunnel encryption standard that typically starts on TCP/25, ...
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How to check that an e-mail service provides encryption between the mail servers?

How can I technically verify* that the e-mail I'm sending from Gmail to Yahoo is encrypted all the way from Gmail's servers to Yahoo's servers? I know that it's advised to have encryption between the ...
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Public e-mail Encryption Certificate

I'm quite new to this, so don't be too hard on me. I'm currently using the CipherMail MTA to generate e-mail encryption certificates. I created an own CA and public and private keys for our contact ...
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Security of starbucks gift card redemption feature

Someone sent me a Starbucks gift card. The email contained a redemption link, and that redemption link ended in a long secure hash, much like those on github secret gists. Clicking the redemption ...
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Gmail Voicemail Encryption

I want to listen to my voicemails in a secure but convenient fashion. I plan do this by having my PBX encrypt the voicemail using openssl aes 256 cbc with salt and a single static password. The ...
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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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Hashing Email Address and Contacting User

I am thinking about a log-in web service that would store a users username, password, and (optional) email address. If they forget their username or password, they can have their username and a ...