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Which IP address in email headers is the sender's? [closed]

I have the headers from some emails I've received. There are several IP addresses in these headers. Which one belongs to the sender? Is the address in the headers reliable? Example 1: Delivered-To: ...
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Security of remailers

A layman's question: If I don't err, with remailers or analogous systems one sends a message to a node of a chain of nodes, which collectively perform the entire transmission. However, the message to ...
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Why should I pay for an email S/MIME certificate?

There are quite a few SSL certificate companies out there that offer free email S/MIME certificates. There are also paid versions as well. I need about 6 email certificates for some company email ...
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Using X-actual-recipient to divert email

Has anyone noticed exploits involving the use of "X-Actual-Recipient" to covertly divert e-mail from an intended recipient to someone else? I have been told that only someone with root access on the ...
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Can unencrypted email be read or altered while it is in transit?

If email is not secure while in transit, exactly how can it be read by unintended parties? Can an attacker read SMTP traffic while it is between the sender and recipient?
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Spam mail from my yahoo mail [closed]

Couple of days back spam mail(screenshot link) was sent to all my contacts from my yahoo account, and in my account activity page there is a yahoo partner logged in, from Peru (screenshot link) during ...
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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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When to use SSL ? / When to send passwords via mail?

Self-Proclaimed Experts are quick to say that for every time a password is being transmitted from a webserver to a user and vv, you need to use SSL. Because there will be people each time trying to ...
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How to minimize your fingerprint, or become invisible on the web? [duplicate]

With all of these news stories about the government reading emails and snooping information from other sources, what are ways to minimize or eliminate an organization's ability to actually track and ...
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Security and privacy in email and other communications [closed]

In the light of newly discovered events like the NSA's PRISM program, I'm really concerned about the privacy & security of my personal emails. Chances are governments already have backdoor access ...
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Is sending password to user email secure?

How secure is sending passwords through email to a user, since email isn't secured by HTTPS. What is the best way to secure it? Should i use encryption?
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Stopping spam and worms with SPF [closed]

Sender Policy Framework is a system to detect spoofed emails. From http://www.libsrs2.org/overview.html : WHAT EMAIL FORWARDING SERVICES NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SPF To combat spams, worms, and ...
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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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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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Email sender and account hacked [closed]

One customer got their email account "frozen" because it sent 9000 emails and some bounced back. I suspect something got hacked, but I have no idea what to do. I cannot figure out what was hacked. ...
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What is the security purpose behind the “enable editing” of MS Word?

Whenever I open MS Word documents from my email, they open in "Protected View" with edit options disabled by default. As per my understanding, the hyperlinks used in the main document would be linked ...
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How can PayPal spoof emails so easily to say it comes from someone else?

When I receive a payment in PayPal, it sends me an email about it (pictured below). The problem is that the email is shown to be coming from the money sender's email address and not from PayPal ...
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Technical security issues with proactively executing a phishing campaign targeting your own users

We've had some issues with compromised accounts due to users falling victim to phishing campaigns. The possibility of us doing a phishing campaign against our own users to proactively shame them has ...
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Can a firewall tamper with email attachments?

I am using Thunderbird as an email client for managing my different email accounts. Yesterday my friend sent me an email with a PDF attachment. Today when I tried to open the attachment I get the ...
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How to protect against exploitation of email addresses from an mistakenly expired domain?

I have a domain name that I have registered for a long time. Due to a combination of bad luck and oversight, the domain name expired and was rebought by somebody else. I am attempting to buy the ...
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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 ...
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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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“You have new mail” message

I received a message from Google saying someone entered my email account. I confirmed that there were an access from an IP in another country. I have noticed "You have new mail" message when I open ...
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Securely notify users about account changes

I am developing a web application (using PHP) and I am wondering what the best way is to notify users that someone updated their account information? The information that can be updated includes: ...
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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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Automated scanning of personal email [closed]

I am a current user of gmail, and have recently become interested in the privacy policies of the large webmail providers like gmail, yahoo, hotmail etc. I understand that it is commonplace for them to ...
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How can I allow local pop3 but enforce remote pop3s on my ubuntu/postfix/dovecot OS/MTA/MDA

I would like to allow local clients to access email via any of pop3, pop3s, imap, or imaps if they so choose but restrict remote clients to pop3s and imaps only, simililarly to how I already do for ...
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The security of sending emails with SPF/DKIM, but not signed

We're using an email sending service (fairly known) to send our emails. We made DNS changes so that emails going through them would pass SPF and DKIM. A few days ago we noticed that they allow any ...
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Is it the default in billing systems to send out the users password by email? [duplicate]

I recently made a complaint to a company about them sending out passwords in plain-text via email upon registration knowing that it is a potential security risk. One of their employees responded with ...
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Keyloggers and Email Accounts [duplicate]

This morning, I was experimenting with some keyloggers and noticed that they have a feature to send e-mails to the attacker. How can these e-mails be intercepted? Let us say that I have a packet ...
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Does the Windows Surface RT or Pro (Windows 8) support local encryption of Activesync data?

Our company policy is requires the local encryption of data for all email (in case the device is stolen) Does the Windows Surface (either version) support local encryption? Is the local device ...
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Keyloggers - Ports used by keyloggers

According to this article, keyloggers usually make use of the FTP ports and email ports: http://rbmikrotik.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-to-block-port-frequently-keylogger.html My question is, can a ...
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Encrypting email for gmail

My friend who is an accountant was asking me what the best way to exchange documents with clients. He was trying to tell me that just sending via email was sufficient and I told him he was insane. I ...
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How to determine source of e-mail and verify if the source is/could be legitimate?

I got an e-mail (in my spam folder) from usercenter@idcenter.uc.cn which asks me to click a link to validate my login for their website. Obviously, I deleted this e-mail without clicking it's link. ...
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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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Hiding emails from Google [closed]

From what I understand Google reads/scans all my emails so that they cab "provide" targeted ads and maybe for other reasons. If a have a group of people who want to hide their emails from Google, how ...
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User friendly PGP email [closed]

Does there exist cross-platform email handlers following these basic guidelines based on some very limited experience? Generate new key at first startup, rather than asking the user if they have an ...
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When secure email, is not really secure

We have a vendor who sends us "secure" messages. The messages come as an email message that contains a link to an SSL encrypted website that has the real message. There is no username/password on the ...
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Using a separate email address for each contact

A lot of the people I exchange emails with use services such as Google Mail. Recently it occurred to me that Google must maintain a social graph based on who exchanges emails with whom. It bogs me ...
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Open an e-mail account from only one particular system?

Is there a way to configure e-mail so that it can only be opened from one particular system? Or from multiple systems having some sort of unique key or particular static IP?
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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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Is it possible to block emails (to all email accounts) that contain certain word/phrase patterns?

I'm not sure if this is the most appropriate SE group to ask this question but I'm hopeful that it will get some interesting and helpful input from the folks here before it is possibly moved. A ...
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Is it inconsistent to tell users to “not click on password links in email”, and requiring clicks on “forgot password” links?

On one hand, IT Security shops have been telling users to not click on links in email because they can do damage to your computer, or phish your personal information. Many of those issues are ...
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How to Detect Zimbra Sniffing Trojan

I am a sys admin of our system, we are running zimbra as email server in our environment. I got the following message from the CEO. "Everytime I send or receive an email - I get a SPAM ads a few ...
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Yahoo Email Keeps Getting Phished

I keep getting spam emails from myself (and I am sending them to others as well) on my Yahoo Mail account. I have already went through two password changes which I thought were secure. My very last ...
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How do I know if my email account has been hijacked?

A few times now, I've received emails from contacts with subjects along the lines of "hi!" and message bodies of only a link to some website. I've checked the ip of the sender of these emails, and ...
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How effective is Activesync Certificate revocation using CRL or OCSP

We determined that a number of our account lockout issues are related to Activesync devices using old/expired passwords. One way to remedy an account lockout issue is to issue and deploy certificates ...
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Potential issues with Kim Dotcom's new proposed “encrypted webmail service”

Just spotted a Reddit thread about Kim Dotcom, of MegaUpload fame, planning to produce a secure webmail system that allows people to communicate securely, without the worry of having their messages ...
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How can an internet contest verify unique votes with only an email as an input parameter?

For my computer security course we are brainstorming different ways to use attributes for a unique user (that are readily available over a network) to prevent various mischievous activities. We've ...
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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 ...