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How do spammers verify the validity of a huge amount of email addresses?

I noticed that there is an email address validation method, that is to telnet to a email MX server and send rcpt command to the server. But for this method, the MX server may abort connection after ...
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Are mail-servers removed from security concerns in contrast with cloud storage?

I have meet people and even businesses that are against using the cloud for data storage invoking security risks. In the same time they seem perfectly fine using email services (usually from obscure ...
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Is using Gmail's browser-based client, more secure than using IMAP?

I never use the same password twice and my passwords are always comprised of a long, random string of letters, numbers and symbols. (with an offline password manager to store each password string) ...
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Activesync: If I disable or rename the AD account does that mean the phone won't be wiped?

Suppose an Activesync phone needs to be wiped because it was lost, stolen, or it was an employee termination. If we disable the account prior to wiping the device (or the device receiving the wipe ...
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how to trace the IP address of gmail account sender via browser [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to trace email? i wanted to know the location of sender email which sent us the threat email the header of email is mentioned below Analysis: Received: from ...
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Security of email [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How commonly are SSL/TLS or S/MIME used by e-mail providers? Say, Alice uses gmail and Bob uses hotmail. Alice wants to send an email to Bob. Alice goes to gmail ...
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PCI Compliance Problem

My company is trying to become fully PCI Compliant and we are switching our outdated systems to use Authorize.net CIM among other things. But, currently we're all over the place and until our new ...
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Encoding HTML email content

Say I have a form on my website. The input elements of the form are: email address, name and some feedback textarea. The server-side application that this form is submitted to will send an HTML ...
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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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What type of content better not to transfer by email?

Email is one of the main tools of business communication. On the other hand, it is not a secure way of communication. But to what extent it is not secure? I have always wondered how sensible it is ...
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How does PGP differ from S/MIME?

Is S/MIME an abstracted system for general MIME type encryption, whereas PGP is more for email? Why would I want to choose one over the other, or can I use both at the same time?
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Can 2FA help handle mixed personal and business accounts after leaving a company?

I do not want a super administrator in Google Apps to log to my account after leaving company, so I enabled 2-step verification. He could login to many sites as me with just a link in "forget ...
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Fake email sent through newsletter service: how to know who sent them?

Suppose a guy sends emails through a service that sends newsletters, but he copies an invitation sent to him, and uses this service to send more invitations to uninvited people, and puts the email of ...
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If most companies do not enable TLS for SMTP and IMAP, should we consider email not secure at all?

Many of our partner companies's email service do not enable encryption. Does that mean our email is not protected at all?
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PGP: How is it possible for me to read a sent mail, encrypted by me with the recipient's public key?

I'm quite new to OpenPGP and am just starting to use it with Thunderbird. When I encrypt a mail with a recipient's public key, using Thunderbird + Enigmail + OpenPGP, and send it, I can find the ...
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Is it possible for a phishing link to install a major virus on a Mac?

My girlfriend recently had her university MS Exchange account hacked. The attacker took over her email account and started using it to send thousands of spam emails. After a while, her email account ...
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sanesecurity - clamav - getting a false positive - should I bother?

A client of mine reported that he isn't getting emails sent from our domain. This is offcourse a false positive, as we are a legitimate comapny. I am also not hearing this issue from other clients (we ...
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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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What are the supposed security benefits of a “dead-drop” email strategy?

This was in the news recently. Here's what they were said to have been doing: Petraeus and Broadwell apparently used a trick, known to terrorists and teenagers alike, to conceal their email ...
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I found a malicious website embedded in Malware spam. What should I do?

An email is using social engineering to get users to click on a malicious URL that downloads javascript and then runs malicious code. Who should I report these malicious URLs to? (Microsoft ...
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Petraeus scandal - what would have been a better way to communicate electronically [closed]

Not a security professional here but .... having read through how it happened, it's clear sending these emails from the shared account by Paula Broadwell was the problem (if I understand correctly). ...
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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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Is my email client violating my privacy?

There are many ways that emails can be used to violate the privacy of the recipient (Return-Receipt-To:, web bugs, iframes loaded from an external page, and other email tracking methods). It may be ...
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Hashcash, is this really used?

I just heard about this term, is it really used? The concept does not seem new, is it used and/or implemented in current technologies?
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Is DKIM needed for emails encrypted with OpenPGP?

DKIM seems to prove that a message came from where it claims to be from. However, OpenPGP encrypts the entire email and signs it which obviously proves it also came from the person it says it did. ...
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How to refuse delivering emails that are not signed by trusted PGP keys?

I'm fed up by spam and would like to have an email address that will only deliver mails signed by users I declared trusted. Some kind of purgatory for mails the signatures of which are trustworthy by ...
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What are the security or privacy issues with allowing users to forward email from our Google Apps account to their personal Gmail?

But we have a new employee that would rather all his email in one inbox. I know he can forward the mail to his personal account, send mail using an alias so that it looks like it is coming from the ...
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Suspicious email with my information in it: what do i do?

I just received this email: Billed To: d**********@****.NET John ****** Order Number: M1V62***2711 Receipt Date: 07/12/12 Order Total: $699.99 Billed To: Credit card Item Number Description ...
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AV inserting email header logic

I want to write a small PHP emailing class to be able to send HTML emails. My problem is that in the receiving email an antivirus will insert a header which sometimes simply breaks the entire email. ...
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IP attack by reading/writing data?

If I remember correctly there is an ICMP attack whereby you can embed malicious code and it gets read/executed, causing the problem (similar to SQL injection). Are there any further/more dangerous ...
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Hosted Email Hacked, SQL injection maybe?

I have a hosted website using a free hosting service, I received an email this afternoon saying that I have been suspended because my account has been compromised. Basically, someone is using my ...
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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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Learn IP address of sender of a self-destructing email

How can I know the IP address of the sender who sent me a self-destructing email? If not the IP address... what all information can be extracted?
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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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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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what would be a good way for a doctor to send xrays encrypted to another doctor?

As a dentist, I often want to send medical information including digital xrays to another doctor. What would be a good/easy way to do this encrypted? Our organization currently requires that all ...
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Avast says I don't need to use encrypted connections for my e-mail accounts

I am using Outlook 2010 and Avast anti-virus 7. Whenever I add an account to Outlook if I choose to use SSL for incoming or outgoing connections Avast alerts me I shouldn't use it because Avast can't ...
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I'm currently receiving a targeted attack

Since yesterday, I receive forged mails which are targeted at me. They use personal information, seem to come from one of my friends and only contain links to these web sites: http ...
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Amavisd-New and Google safe browsing

I am studying the Google Safe Browsing. How do I know that it is possible to intercept a content of an email via amavis, I wonder if I can, for each url found, consult the Google safe browsing? Do ...
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Instant access to application using token in url

Is it good idea to give access to the site using token in url, this token can be send via email, some sites have reset password done in this way, but I want give access to the whole site (I think I ...
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E-mail Server Security

In recent news, Bitcoinica was compromised by an e-mail server infiltration. The hacker then applied social engineering, using one of the administrative e-mail accounts to reset the root credentials ...
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Can a man engaged in phishing be prosecuted if I know his IP?

My familiar received some emails from a man she meets at dating site. The man sent her his photos by email. In them he made some attempts that looked like phishing so I decided to lookup more ...
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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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Send credit card info by email from HTTPS and SMTP on SSL

A client asked me to receive credit card info of his costumers by email. I know that is a very very not secure way ... But if the page with the input form is on HTTPS, and then i use a smtp (like ...
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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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What are the security advantage of new redirecting method used by Gmail and Facebook?

When clicking on the any link in gmail or Facebook,it redirect to that link by some other ways. What are the security advantage of new redirecting method used by gmail and Facebook?
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The email system is compromised - what can you do?

I have a friend at a 7 person company which has an issue with email confidentiality. Each time they send out an email with quotes to customer, the competitor get the message in 30 minutes and send ...
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Are these email captchas legitimate?

The last week, I've been getting this kind of emails to addresses that I don't use: Dear Sir, Madam, For security reasons and as part of our ongoing fight against spam, it is our policy not ...
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I use an online email provider - how can I test my password strength?

I want to test my password strength, is there a program out there that can crack my password relatively quickly? I am familiar with BackTrack 5, but I usually use it to test WEP password strength. I ...
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Are there any security issues with importing mail via POP/IMAP?

I'd want to design import mail functionality for an email provider. The process is: user enters email and password for another service at my site and then site accesses another email provider and ...