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comment Unsubscribe safely
@JaredBurrows Well, I assume (You know what happens when you assume?) it would be. CURL is going to be simpler - no plugins like Flash, javascript, etc - so that would mean a smaller attack surface. On the flip side... Good and Bad messages can be linked to a secondary page that requires interaction: Are you sure you want to do this? Why? Do you not care about our children? Is it really you clicking the link or are you lying to us (and our poor destitute childred)? that CURL wouldn't be able to interact with.
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@JaredBurrows I don't think "how" you click a link (In the gmail web app, in outlook, copy/past link into Netscape Navigator or sending a pigeon... or via CURL) matters in this regard. The question is do "They" know "this" email address is active? If you respond to it in any way, they do. If it's a company you deal with (etc: Lowe's), the know you use this email and the question of "is this email active" is irrelevant so click away... if it's an unknown company, they don't know until you "respond" - even if via CURL.
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comment Unsubscribe safely
@Nrc if it's unclear, I'd personally err on the side of not clicking. (or clicking "Mark as spam" in google and forgetting about it)
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comment Unsubscribe safely
@Danny. I have heard that is better to **never click to any link in an email**. Is it a bad idea to click to a unsubscribe link? What is the best way to unsubscribe to undesired mails? - Emphasis/paraphrase: "ANY link in ANY email". "Undesired" could be stuff you signed up for (like Lowes Weekly Specials in my example). I would say this question is more broad than "bad".
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comment How critical is it to keep your password length secret?
Or lying to waste effort: I have an 18 long(when really it's 16... , or vice versa)
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comment How is Gmail susceptible to brute-force attacks?
Oblig: XKCD: Password Reuse Password Entropy is rarely relevant. The real modern danger is password resuse.
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comment How to prevent network administrators from accessing USB drive
@immibis if you are worried that your workers have patched/rooted your servers... you have bigger issues. Like why you haven't fired someone you distrust that much?
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comment How do you explain to experts that a database server should not reside in the DMZ?
If you aren't holding Credit Card details, what are you holding? Account information? Patient visit information? blueprints for American Made UFOs? If it's that sensitive, maybe you should aim for that level of security or similar levels demanded by say Electronic Health Record systems used for Patient info. No CC info there, but you be screwed sideways if you lose THAT database....
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comment Can we trust antivirus software?
@user2813274 CYA can be one of many reasons. Expertise, accountability, vettability, regulations, etc... many reasons outside of finger pointing to consider when purchasing security software (not just AV). Trust also helps keep providers in check. Look at all the blowback from NSA related issues. What company is going to voluntarily install a backdoor when they can lose face and customers?
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comment Does clicking lead to DoS attack?
@Bergi The question is: Can simple clicks lead to DoS? Specifically, me clicking real fast (paraphrased). Of course the bandwidth available will affect how many clicks lead to a "DoS". A self-hosted website, behind a home connection will need much fewer clicks than something hosted on a high-availability AWS... This question made me think of the slashdot effect because that's basically what it is, death by a million clicks.