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How can hackers guess passwords (using dictionary attack or brute force) without being locked out?

Nowadays almost every website you want to register in; is asking you to create a complicated password...But why cant we use simple passwords? I am just wondering because in case of multiple wrong ...
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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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Is email less secure than voicemail, snail mail, or internet portals for transferring sensitive information?

Where I am in the US, health care providers refuse to send anything through email (e.g. even something as trivial as an appointment reminder). Often they claim that email is not secure. Instead they ...
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Email account 'hacked'; do I need to regenerate my server's DKIM _domainkey?

I'm just learning about DMARC (DKIM/SPF), so I apologize if my question doesn't make sense. A few days after I installed a DMARC policy on my server I noticed that the reports from yahoo.com ...
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Possible ways to track down anonymous mail senders?

In my previous post here How can I send emails anonymously? the community framed and guided how we can send an anonymous emails through various ways which makes me thought about the following things ...
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Is this login flow via an authenticated email account safe?

I want to have users log in by entering an email, and then proving that they control that email. I only care that they do control the email, and so want to avoid add another password to the process if ...
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Getting Loads of Emails 'linking' my account to Gmail accounts I know nothing about

I have just come out of hospital and have in the region of 30 e-mails from gmail over the past few days 'linking' a gmail account to my (hotmail) email address. I have not done this once never mind ...
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The old lady at my local city hall refuses my email because it does not contain my complete full name (with middle name) before the @. What can I do? [closed]

I happen to be blessed with a middle name which I never use. For my gmail address which I have been using on a daily basis for the past years, I picked my first and last name, e.g. ...
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How do web email clients store my passwords from other providers?

The situation comes down to this: When I enter in hotmail, it retrieves my messages connecting to other providers: they could only do so by using my email and password. Since I had signed in a ...
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When registering for most websites, why do you need to confirm your email address?

I'm working on a site which allows users to sign up for a service. They choose a username/password, enter their personal details, etc and proceed into the site, their details being stored for future ...
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Does company email can access hangouts and private emails? [duplicate]

I'am curious whether the administrator's has the privilege to access the hangouts chat and the email of employees? For example, here in our company we are using the gmail as our private email ...
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Tell people that I can encrypt emails

I know that it is still not very easy to use PGP for an average user. However, the situation is improving (there are some easy plugins that can even nicely integrate into your GMail webmail). In ...
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It it a good idea to whitelist inbound email using a Hash on the address? (Similar to BATV, but with DKIM)

Problem Statement I'm looking at ways to ensure that business partners, or emails from trusted senders, never get quarantined; ....in other words prevent "ham being seen as spam". Ideally this ...
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Preventing users abusing emailing feature of web application

Our web application offers users with the option to bulk email a bunch of interesting information to multiple email addresses at once. It's fairly easy to register an account with the service and thus ...
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Trace email without header or IP address [closed]

I have a gmail address only. It is a copy of the email. I do not have the original email. Is there anyway to trace it?
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How to report abuse spam with X-AntiAbuse header which was added to track abuse?

I've received the following spam e-mail (with the link to viagra site): Return-Path: <silviani@server04.funet.co.il> Received: from server04.funet.co.il (server04.funet.co.il. [212.29.215.70]) ...
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What does proxyexec + cagefs.server mean in the e-mail X-Source-Args?

I've the following headers in the e-mail which I've received as spam: X-Source: X-Source-Args: /usr/sbin/proxyexec -q -d -s /var/run/proxyexec/cagefs.sock/socket /bin/cagefs.server X-Source-Dir: ...
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is this secure: email account that can only be accessed by sending and receiving emails within gmail

i am creating a game of sorts where you use and earn credits to accomplish tasks. I am curious if you can effectively use gmail's security features to secure these submissions if the emails are all in ...
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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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Will using a self-signed SSL certificate on a mail server hinder communication?

According to this ArsTechnica article, using a self-signed certificate on a mail server is a bad idea: When we set up a Web server in our previous series, getting SSL/TLS working was a ...
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Is it possible to easily retrieve Thunderbird's passwords with access to HDD?

I know Firefox 8 stores it's passwords in a SQLite database, which can easily be stolen with access to the HDD! What about Thunderbird 8? How does it store the passwords and how can one retieve them? ...
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Why can't PGP/GPG Web-of-Trust be automated?

We heard lots of complaints about hard to use crypto tools, and recent ideas of Google how to fix this. I had another idea about this which seems quite obvious, but couldn't find anything about it on ...
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Recovery email for email services

The famous Mat Honan hack got me thinking about e-mail password recovery, and how any link in the chain can break all the links preceding it. In Mat's example, that link happened to be the last link, ...
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Secure alerting for a monitored web application

What is a good method to receive security alerts? Email is the first thing that springs to mind, although it is susceptible to MITM attacks (e.g. an attacker preventing the email from being ...
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IP address question [closed]

I traced a header on an email I received, the person claims to have sent it from Maryland, but I traced the IP and it shows shows San Jose, CA and also contains loop backs, ??? Is this possible?
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Gmail spam from contacts. How does it work?

I don't know why it seems IMPOSSIBLE to find a blog or any security expert explaining the procedure of how this 'hack' works. My wife is receiving emails from people she's emailed through Gmail ...
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Can passwords be figured out via public wifi? [duplicate]

Few different scenarios: 1a) On public McDonalds wifi, logging in gmail account (or any account such as skype). Can a random user who is using the same wifi somewhat intercept the signal and figure ...
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Is it possible to track the email sent via BCC List using firewall or network security software?

I want to know whether is it possible to know the conversation/email sent via BCC can be identified by admin in some corporate companies? I have heard that email sent from BCC cannot be identified, ...
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Location Obfusication and Email/remote login

Would it be possible for a user of a 3rd party VNC software package and email client to obfusicate/spoof their location, so that an employer would be unable to determine the location from which the ...
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emailing a direct link to executable file blacklist risk

I hope this is in the right place, don't know where else to ask. I would like to automatically send a download link to people that directly downloads an executable. The executable is a verified and ...
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What steps do Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and Hotmail take to prevent eavesdropping on email?

I would like to ask what happens when an email is sent from gmail, yahoo or hotmail public web email services? I don't understand email protocols in details, but as far as I know email traffic is ...
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How to tell computer of origin sending email messages? [duplicate]

I’m not a security expert. I wasn't sure if I should post this question here or in "exploit". I have searched for answers before posting.... Could anyone tell me how I can determine if emails are ...
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Is it bad if one uses the same email address on different sites/forums?

Is it bad practice if one uses the same email address on different sites and forums?
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Are our email credentials safe with email clients?

I've been trying out a few desktop email clients (Windows) to better manage my e-mail. As I tried Thunderbird, Inky, and Outlook, it occurred to me, what guarantee is there that my e-mail/pass won't ...
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How do I force kill an OWA, Activesync, or Outlook session?

A user with a BYOD is still able to access the email system, even after the user account has been disabled and password changed. Since it's clear that a re-authentication event doesn't continually ...
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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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access to email addresses

I am taking part in an online voting photo contest. In order to vote, you have to register using your email address. Is it possible that people who run the site will be able to see my email address ...
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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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Someone keeps using my email address. What to do?

I have had a GMail ever since it was created, so it's an email address that is easy to remember, but also easy for somebody else to get confused with. Since I'm not going to post my email address ...
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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 are ProtonMail keys distributed?

There is a service called ProtonMail. It encrypts email on the client side, stores encrypted message on their servers, and then the recipient decrypts it, also on the client side and the system ...
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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), ...