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Making a bitcoin-like secure mail protocol, how to tackle public keys?

I'm making a new mail protocol (probably already exists, but I've learnt a lot of things about security and privacy on the way). Here's the summary(much simpler if you know bitcoin's inner workings): ...
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Should I change phone number and e-mail address after PayPal fraud?

I have been the victim of PayPal fraud. I hadn't used PayPal in a year and then within 9 days there were three unauthorized transactions on my account for a total of 150 Canadian dollars and 290 ...
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Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail , and so on; How do they check the content of an attached password-protected archived file like Winrar?

How is it possible that mailing systems like Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail are able to check the content of an attached password-protected archived file like WINRAR, if the password cannot be guessed, ...
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How can one verify that two separate emails are not coming from the same place?

I sell merchandise online. Due to suspicious activity (in my very amateur opinion), I have reason to believe that, what seems like two separate orders, are actually a single scam being perpetrated by ...
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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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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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How to explain to a customer that spamfilters don't catch everything

I used to work in a small office which provided basic desktop support for users. One day I had to answer a call from a very angry customer and he asked for my boss. He wanted to know how could one ...
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How does someone with HubSpot Sidekick knows when I opened their sent email?

This app claims to know when recipients opened the emails that were sent to them. Tracking clicked URLs is fairly straightforward. What I don't understand is how a 3rd party can possibly know when I ...
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Based on these email headers, where is this virus coming from?

I'm seeing a virus in our network with some strange headers. Sometimes they are coming (sourced) from a netscaler VIP, other times they seem to come from an Exchange hub server. How do I determine ...
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PKI expired and renewed, do my correspondents have to do anything?

My PKI certificate (Digital ID for email from Symantec, issuer is "VeriSign Client External Certification Authority - G3") expired after 1 year and so I have renewed it. Do the people I correspond ...
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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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How does email routing work? [migrated]

I want to understand how email routing works. Lets say I am trying to send a message to someone @gmail.com. According to my current understanding, the following steps happen: DNS MX query on ...
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E-mail tracking countermeasures

I've started using Sidekick to know when an email is opened or one of the links in it is clicked. What I ask now is how to know if an email I received is provided with a similar tracking system. With ...
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Can my ISP read my gmail even when using HTTPS? Is there a way to prevent that?

Can my ISP read my gmail or other email even when using HTTPS? I guess they can do that since they are the "man-in-the-middle". Is there a way to prevent that? This is related to the news that in ...
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Having a consistent “dont reveal email addresses of members” policy [duplicate]

Developers are dogmatic on having "invalid username or password" on login screens; our applications should not reveal if somebody is a member given an email address. But there are two other ways our ...
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How to check if range of IP addresses are SPAM blacklisted?

While it's easy to check if a single IP address is blacklisted for SPAM using for example http://www.spamcop.net/bl.shtml, then is there a way to check multiple addresses at once? For example how to ...
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How to sign and encrypt mail using openssl?

I am trying to send and encrypt mail using openssl. So far, I figure I should use theese commands: cat ${content} | \ openssl smime -encrypt -inkey lib/me.crt -aes256 -subject "$titre (cs)" -to ...
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How safe is it for an app to trust a click on a link in an email?

In my question and answer application, Joe signs up, logs in and adds a question. He then shares the question via email to his trusted friends. How safe is it to provide a link within that app ...
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PCI Compliance for attachment in email

I am wondering if they are any PCI compliance issues around users of a service sending email with attachments that may or may not contain sensitive information through said service? As an example, if ...
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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 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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How do I encrypt the source and destination IP address, along with various parts of an email?

If the subject makes no sense to you, that's fine, it makes no sense to me. I've been tasked with securing emails sent from some devices, and I'm looking for advice on intelligent questions to ask to ...
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Is it possible to prove a certain email has been sent using a certain computer?

I can understand that an SMS can be traced to the mobile phone which it has originated from and the phone owner has no chance in court but to claim that someone else has used his phone but what about ...
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Unexpected emails have been sent - do I need to wipe my Android?

A few days ago I received a Notification from my Android saying that it could not send mail because an attachment was too large. I opened my Gmail App and found 5 messages in the Sent Mail folder ...
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Using email to authorize access to a user's account

would greatly appreciate some advice from the experts here on this stackexchange. I'm building an application that requires access to a user's resources from a 3rd party application. This 3rd party ...
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Files associated with Thunderbird - Security mechanism for local storage [migrated]

I am trying to know how Thunderbird stores the mails, associated files in the local machine. I use Ubuntu 13.10 and Thunderbird 24.6.0 When I see in the local profile folder in the location in ...
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How do I respond to a spam server that invalidates my tokens? [duplicate]

Our web application sends a one-time use generated token, in the form of an URL, to clients who forget their passwords. This works except for the case where the client is sitting behind another server ...
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Good, simple list of reasons that email is inherently insecure

I've been searching for a while, trying to find a good get of information about the inherent risks of transmitting sensitive data via email. I'm really looking for a comprehensive list of all the ...
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Email headers from messages sent via Gmail online client contain private IP addresses. What are these addresses?

Someone has sent a sensitive email from my Gmail account. I wanted to trace the IP address by checking out the Received: by X field in the header of the sent message. However, every message that is ...
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Opening mail from IMAP with no risk for the user

I'm building a website for an association. Its aim is to, out of other thing, provide an easy mail manager to communicate with the member, stored in a database. This database is always up to date as ...
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How to share sensitive documents with unknown/untrusted parties?

My exact use case is that I'm starting a new job, and I need to transmit sensitive personal documents to support my application. However, the same applies for applying for a loan, buying a house etc ...
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Tracking down service associated with an email address

Like the title: it's possible to see which service are associated with that specific mail? i've just an email and i want to see if there are service or anything associated with that address. Every ...
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Is e-mail sent from a Gmail address to another Gmail address encrypted?

Gmail provides an SSL connection and also encrypts the entire session by default. But if you send a mail, once it leaves gmails servers, it can be read at any point on the internet. But what about ...
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Can I keep large encrypted files in my mailbox on mail provider server?

Is there any restriction or policy of large e-mail providers (such as GMail, Yahoo, Hotmail and similar) for keeping/storing large encrypted files by the users within their disk quota in 3rd party ...
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What is cleardot.gif next to the senders signature in Gmail? [closed]

I am concerned that my computer has been compromised because I sent an email out - but now I noticed that there is a link in the email I did not insert, and I am worried I have a virus or something. ...
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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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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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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 ...