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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 ...
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Should I be worried if somebody uses my email to sign up for accounts?

I recently received e-mails from two services: Paytm and Uber. They both seem like legitimate services. However I have no idea why I received these e-mails or why somebody would want to create an ...
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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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I emailed someone a picture of a check I wrote for them. What now?

On a whim, I emailed the intended recipient of a check I wrote a picture of that filled-in check to indicate I was about to mail it out. The full front of the check, with amount, my signature, account ...
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Is my ISP trying to impersonate google?

Everything has been well for years and today I wake up with this: A warning on EM Client (also got the same on my iPhone) that the certificate for googleapis.com isn't valid. And the certificate ...
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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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Safe to reply to a suspicious email?

Can something happen to me (or my computer) if I respond to a suspicious plain text email? I received an email from an unknown address, and I am not sure if this is a "real" person. I would have ...
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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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Should I have special emoticon handling for compliance, audit and logging?

I'm required to audit various communications (email, sms, messenger, social media) for keywords relating to financial data, HIPPA, and other PII. Is there any rational reason I should extend my ...
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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 ...
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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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Email Spoofed. Explain?

So, I think my email id might have gotten hacked. Can some one offer their comments and suggestions on this email ? It seems this email went from my mail id to my friend's email id. The subject is ...
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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 can a non-technical user verify a message was sent “securely”? …or over TLS?

I have a situation where B2B and B2C communication needs to be sent securely and not visible to most SMTP hijackers. I don't care about conspiracy theories or NSA style attacks, but want to provide ...
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How can I prevent my E-mail address from being used as the sender for fraudulent/scam messages?

Recently, me and at least one other person I know received an obvious scam E-mail that starts off something like this: We considered your resume to be very attractive and we thought the vacant ...
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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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What do I do about a forgotten, ancient PGP key?

So I just created a new PGP key because I want to start using PGP to encrypt my emails. Lo and behold, this is apparently not my first attempt to use PGP. Five years ago, I created another PGP key ...
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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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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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How do I recover from an email breach?

A few days ago, I noticed something a little bit off from my Gmail account, my primary account, which all my addresses forward to, was showing less incoming email. Usually I have roughly 6-10 emails ...
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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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How can hotels securely receive your credit card details (for a custom, one-off payment)?

A hotel belonging to a large chain (400 hotels in 60 countries) has just requested me to send my credit card details via standard (unsecured) email. I have negotiated a deal for accommodation with ...
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Sending an encrypted PGP email to someone who doesn't yet have my public key

Suppose I have the public key of a recipient I'd like to send an email to, and I've never sent this person an email before. Does it make sense to encrypt my first email to this recipient and also ...
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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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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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Will SHA1 of Email Addresses Always be Unique?

We want to store data about a person without storing their email address, but we want to latter connect that person with their data upon them supplying their email address. Storing a SHA1 of their ...
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Exchange 2013 blocks txt file attachments - are there security reasons?

My Exchange Admin is setting up 2013, and it is set to block txt file attachments specifically (as well as others). I have tried searching for risks associated with txt attachments but could not ...
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Safe way to communicate IBAN connection

How do I securely communicate my bank connection details (IBAN + full name) to an otherwise trusted person with email being the only connection? Obviously I wouldn't use (plaintext) e-mail since any ...
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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 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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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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Should I email contents of a https form submission

I am building an online registration form for a voluntary organisation in the UK and am considering data security measures. The form will be served up over https and there may be an optional payment ...
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How to determine if mail was encrypted during transport using the header information?

First things first: I know about the difference between end-to-end-encryption and transport encryption. Back to topic: I already read some things about how mail server handle transport encryption, ...
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Best practices for passwords on registration?

I have a website which users register an account. On the registration field, the form fields are: Name Email Confirm email Username But there is no password field. When they hit submit, they are ...
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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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Implemented DMARC, getting reports of canonical.com sending spam - has Ubuntuone been hacked?

I have implemented DMARC on my mailserver and for the first time I'm getting reports of an IP address trying to fake me as the email sender: >record> >row> >source_ip>91.189.90.7>/source_ip> ...
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Would trolling the people behind scams help decrease scamming? [closed]

It is easy for smart people to identify scams. This isn't an accident, phishers want stupid people. Sending the emails is the easy part, getting their money is what takes effort. My question is, ...
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Passive fingerprinting of email client, based on email headers

Are there ways to passively fingerprint (infer) the operating system or mail client that an email sender is using, based upon the headers of an email from that sender? I'm familiar with passive ...
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Reset links in password expiration emails

Our organization is rolling out yearly password expiration to our 40,000+ users this fall and we have been socializing this change for some time now. However being such a large organization, our users ...
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How To Encrypt Group Emails?

I'm interested in encrypting e-mails. My very, very basic understanding is that I am to generate a private key, and share my public key with the message recipient (who will share his public key with ...
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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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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 ...