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How am I being scammed?

I have received an email, claiming to be from Microsoft. Here is a snapshot of it: Google marked this email as spam with the following notice: These are some header details: Now, the text of ...
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Hops encountered More for spam Mails than Legitimate Mails

Background I am working with email headers for spam detection. Each E-Mail header contains many "Received:" headers fields. Each "Received:" header is added by an intermediate Smtp/Mail server in the ...
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Preventing denial of email (Gmail)

Case 1: The attacker is or has access to MITM the ISP(3g/2g). The ISP also happens to be the GSM company. This could be because of police supervision. He is forced to use computer with a backdoor. ...
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s/mime edit an existing certificate

We are using an encryption appliance that is capable of creating S/MIME certificates for internal users. The appliance is synchronizing with AD to get the user. When the certificate is created it will ...
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Received an email about an “Etsy” Password Reset due to the “Linkedin Breach…” is this a phishing attempt?

I received an email today from Etsy saying they are resetting my password(from the source it looks like a mass reset of all users), due to there being some sort of Linkedin breach, that compromised ...
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Getting subscribers on website from nowhere?

I have a weird question and I hope I am asking in the right place. Recently I checked some statistics on my website after a while and noticed that the number of email subscribers had jumped from about ...
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Google mail - Paypal emails going directly to trash [on hold]

Emails coming from paypal go directly to my trash, I noticed this today because i got a mail notification through OSx. However when i went to find the email it wasn't there. After some digging i ...
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How should I handle a spam account I don't control from sending spam emails with my username?

A family member contacted me yesterday saying their email has been hacked and that some other family members received spam emails from their account. For this example, lets say the hacked family ...
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Identify if a certain domain is using Office 365 or Google Mail

I have a list of e-mail domains that i wanted to confirm if they're using Office 365 or Google Mail for mail. Checking MX using Nslookup can do the job but I noted that a few companies will use an ...
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What's the minimal way of sharing your public PGP key in email signature?

What's the minimal (not the entire public key) and secure enough way of sharing your PGP key in an email signature?
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What do I need to do in order to use Enigmail on more than one PC? [migrated]

I've already imported my keys from pc1 to pc2, but on pc2 I always get this error message: Error - no matching private/secret key found to decrypt message; click on 'Details' button for more ...
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Can email services upload files from your computer without your permission/knowledge?

The company I work for is involved in security clearance work, and thus all company computers are monitored (files, screenshots, etc). I am routinely logged onto my company email service with my ...
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Why is end-to-end encryption still not default in mails?

I am not a cryptographer. Maybe that is why I don't see the issues with integrating PGP into SMTP. In my head: Lea requests the server of Luke's domain jedi.com to tell her the public key of luke@...
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Can an email header can be used to verify the real sender? How?

Lets say you're the target an advanced phishing attack, meant to look like it came from Amazon.com. It shows @amazon.com in the sender field, but you're suspicious. You can call Amazon and find out, ...
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Login based on mail domain

I'm trying to make a system where the sign up would be allowed or denied based on the domain of the mail. So let's suppose that only people from company.com are allowed to sign up on that system. ...
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How to record the event that an attachment from Outlook has been clicked to run or downloaded to the disk? [migrated]

I am developing a solution to monitor security events on Windows. Two of the events to monitor are: an attachment from an email (Outlook) has been clicked to run or downloaded to the disk a link ...
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How does an email provider verify my custom domain name?

I'm new to this and I've read a tutorial on this page: http://www.melyssagriffin.com/use-gmail-custom-domain/ The author of the tutorial wrote about her experiences of setting up a custom domain name ...
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SPF block on return-path mail [migrated]

We make use of a unique return-path email on all email sent to track bounce backs and give feedback, but recently we're getting issues where the SPF record fails because people are allowed to send ...
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Confirming an email address with a link

During an onboarding process, I want to confirm a user's email address by sending him a link in the form of a URL followed by a GUID as the parameter: www.somedomain.com?p=GUID What sort of security ...
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Reconcile IMAP4 RFC with No RC4 RFC

RFC 3501 states: IMAP client and server implementations MUST implement the TLS_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_MD5. RFC 7465 states: o TLS clients MUST NOT include RC4 cipher suites in the ClientHello ...
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Spam email sent to my contacts pretending to be me.

I just found out someone has been sending spam emails to my contacts. I first thought that my account was hacked, but the emails aren't coming from my account but from a weird email address (my name ...
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OpenVPN Client Id appearing in emails

I use OpenVPN to connect to a server. I just found that in a series of emails I sent and received to and from the same person the following line appeared after every message I sent: [cid:{a long ...
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Spam mail header Analysis [migrated]

I have downloaded spam dataset ,as i am working on spam detection. Below is a snapshot of Email header received. Received: from localhost (localhost [127.0.0.1]) by phobos.labs.netnoteinc.com (...
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Does putting in quarentine attachments with two dots increase security in Outlook 2010?

Outlook 2010 and antispam systems already forbid executable attachments. In this scenario, does putting attachments with two dots in quarentine increase security? Attackers used to use this technique ...
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Would the following practice make email PCI compliant?

If a system applied to the following three practice/technologies to each e-mail, would it rate as PCI compliant? The email itself is encrypted Encryption is applied end-to-end in the transport layer ...
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Email from supposedly Apple (mycloud.ssl.com)

I got an email where it says that Apple recently failed to validate my payment information and therefore they need to ask me to complete a short verification process in order to verify my account. At ...
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Sending password reset links in email

Nowadays, when everyone tries to be more secure then each other, when companies spend billions on information security, it seems a little bit odd that the password reset left behind, the place that, ...
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Certificate not showing up for signing in Outlook

I have a new ECA certificate installed on my Windows 7 machine, but when I use Outlook it is not letting me change the signing certificate to the new certificate, but it does let me change the ...
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Sending sensitive infromation via self destructing link in an email

I need to come up with a simple way for people within the company to send out arbitrary sensitive information to arbitrary recipients. There is an equal chance that the sender and recipient will be ...
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How to tell if an email is encrypted, or just corrupted?

Ran a recovery program (Kroll Ontrack) on a Windows 7 PC and recovered many, many emails. Almost all of them open in my Windows 10 mail client (and Thunderbird), except for a handful from this March. ...
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Are there any standard practices for protecting against malicious links being entered in a public form?

A website I'm working on needs to have a form for any visitor to submit a request for information about a service. The user will not need to create an account, and contact details are just part of the ...
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Is it safe to be showing my WAN and LAN IPs in my email headers?

I don't know how to hide my LAN IP from my email recipients. My LAN IP shows up next to my WAN IP in my outgoing email headers (sent to my other accounts and viewed by me). I have not seen emails sent ...
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Email sending out spam to many contacts

I'm asking on behalf of a friend. A few days ago, I received a email with his full name (with no subject), thought that's from him. But when I opened it, there was only an obvious spam link, and I ...
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Can I trust Google Scripts on sites like Labnol?

For example, consider this script. It requires me to grant permission to my Gmail account, but I'm confused why this is necessary -- is it not myself who is running the script? Or is my data going ...
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Is it enough to look at the sender's email address?

I use Gmail. When I receive an email, Gmail displays the sender's email address. So far I've always looked at this address when receiving sensitive mails, to avoid phishing. For example, I know by ...
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Is this a legitimate Microsoft email or is this a Phishing email and how can I tell?

I am a mobile application developer using Microsoft Azure with my MSDN subscription to develop my back-end of the application. Today I got the following email: So given my above background this ...
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Tracing the location of a mobile IP from an email

I'm a TV scriptwriter - and not hugely tech-savvy, so please bear with me... If the police have an email, sent by a suspect over a 3G or 4G network, could they use the IP address (since they know ...
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Emailing debit card details to a guesthouse

I'm trying to arrange a holiday out to the Aran Islands, and the guesthouse emailed me back confirming that they do have a room available. But here is the catch: they want me to email my credit card ...
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Why does my SHA256 certificate get encrypted with 168 bit 3DES?

We use S/Mime certificates for internal emails within our company. The certificates signature algorithm are all SHA256RSA with a hash of SHA256. I have confirmed the public keys are RSA(2048bits). ...
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Avast attempts to connect to the Internet when I try to download email [closed]

The file AVAST (Software\Avast\AvastSvc.exe) tries to connect when I check my email. When I forbid access to the internet for AvastSvc.exe, I can't connect to POP3 & SMTP. I'm not sure where all ...
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What should I do when I find out some company user database I am listed in was leaked?

Today the antispam tool in the company I work for blocked several emails. It has been months since last time, so I took the time to analyze the quarantined messages. Since I almost never give my ...
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How can I contract an email tracking service and be silent about it?

I use a customized e-mail and my web-master, who is also the domain owner, doesn't allow me to see the settings that the DNS provides. Some DNS services provide, beside domain name registration, ...
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Where can I find a feed of actual spam emails? [duplicate]

I am looking for a feed of e-mail spam messages. I searched for one but found nothing that I can use. Does anyone know a site or service that offers a feed of actual spam messgaes that are currently ...
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How secure is my system for a password reset?

I am using my custom Parse Server with Heroku which I am pretty sure (99%) that it is decently secure using things like oAuth2 and 1 way hashed passwords. The problem is I am trying to implement my ...
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Something phishy going on with email [duplicate]

I own my own domain. For a month or so I've been getting emails from addresses I don't know with "see attached image" or "find the attached invoice", with a zip/rar file attached. Of course, I ...
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Using your full name as your work email address? [closed]

Standard practice in the workplace appears to be using your full name as your email address. This presents some privacy concerns to me. Even though we all grew up being told it's advisable to use a ...
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How hard is it to hack into a webmail account with a strong 8 character password?

Assume the hacker starts with only your email address and he has high incentive to gain access. UPDATE: Also assume the password is unique (never used elsewhere) and it is NOT a guessable word like ...
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Reducing the success ratio of email harvesting

Would / does the following work to hamper email harvesting by spammers ? Since spammers - among other things - do automated email harvesting by looking for email addresses in web pages, it follows ...
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Is it more secure to delete emails from the server once a client has downloaded them?

From this email provider We strongly adivse people to download their email whenever possible, so as to lessen the amount of personal private data present at any time on the servers. Does ...
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Revoke access from intranet if an employee leaves the organization

A question has been on my mind lately. Say you have a global organization with intranet which does not exist, but it is supposed to be developed. This organization has offices in maybe 50+ countries, ...