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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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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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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 ...
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Is it secure to use email to add content to a website?

I have a website running a social network Buddypress. Users leave comments on other users "walls". What I would like to do is to allow users to reply to each other inside the email client, without ...
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OWA + AD Lockout Policy: Quite the Mixture

Many organizations have webmail exposed to the world. These sites are often hooked up to AD for user authentication. Are there any specific security controls OWA (Outlook web app) has that would ...
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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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Can malware be activated by previewing email in Outlook's Preview pane?

It is common advice to not open suspicious email in order to avoid being infected by malware contained in the email. What constitutes opening an email in Outlook? Specifically, is viewing an email in ...
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Where do I report a friend's email account that has been hacked?

I just received an email from a friend's email account that conforms with the standard hoax where the person says they are traveling, have been robbed, and need money to pay for the hotel bill to get ...
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How can I protect against email tracking services?

Recently a free service came out for email tracking, bananatag. It's able to track the fact that the email was read in gmail without any notice or strange inclusions in the email body. In this case ...
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Does a username/password + emailed PIN count as strong 2FA?

To log in to a enterprise web app, our security team is insisting on 2FA as it is hosted on our internal network. The proposed solution is to have a standard username (email address) and password ...
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Flood of email messages from @attacker.com

I've been getting the weirdest email messages for the last 2 days on my personal gmail inbox. On May 28th, exactly at 4:33 pm BRST I got about 2,000 emails that look exactly the same, here's the ...
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What is the mechanism for this user impersonation?

I'm trying to understand how this user impersonation might have taken place. Here's the scenario: Our controller got a call from our bank this morning about a suspicious wire transfer request. After ...
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Email and Black Hole List Submission? [duplicate]

I'm having trouble with a spammer and would like to begin submitting their messages to a few black hole lists. Unfortunately, I'm having trouble finding a list. For example mail-abuse.org now ...
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POP3/IMAP Stronger Authentication

We recently deployed a two-factor-authentication solution in order to strength logon to our web applications (one of them is web based mail, Microsoft outlook web access) Most of the users who have ...
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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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Does having a separate e-mail account only for security, increase security?

In this article about increasing the security of LastPass the author suggests: For additional security, you can have LastPass send security-related emails to a special security email address ...
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Can you crack a Mailinator “Alternate Inbox Name?”

From their FAQ: What are "Alternate Inbox Names" ? There are 2 ways to get email into any given inbox. When you check an inbox, listed at the top is the Alternate Inbox name. Emailing that alternate ...
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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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Does gmail's TOS allow Google to steal your emailed ideas?

Is it unwise to use gmail to discuss business ideas that Google could snoop on and use to their business advantage? I know that email is not secure and anyone could read it along its path of ...
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How can I convince my communication partner to use encryption in everyday life?

The latest developments made it very clear, how easily basically all communication channels can be wiretapped. However, I think most people still ignore this fact. Especially in business most ...
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My server was used for sending spam. Will our server ever be trusted again?

A while back I enabled SMTP on my IIS server with the intention of using it for internal email notifications. It seems that somehow hackers were able to use it for sending out thousands of spam ...
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Postfix periodic relay access denied

I administer an Ubuntu Server 14.04 which acts as a mail server running Postfix and was configured following most parts of this tutorial: ...
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Analyzing a suspicious email

Today I received a very suspicious email on my gmail account. When I analyzed the content of the message, this is what essentially made up the message. <center> <a alt="" ...