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Does adding a recovery phone number to a Gmail account make it less secure, in the case that I lose both my laptop and phone?

Background I have a "main" Gmail account, which I set to keep logged in, on my laptop. This "main" Gmail account is important, because it's the email address I used to sign up for ...
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I received a phishing/spam email from Google Delivery Subsystem about an email I never sent. How? [duplicate]

Screenshot: The text covered with red is exactly my email address except the end is @google.com instead of @gmail.com. The suspicious link "Unsubscribe_click_here" is: mailto:cr@burlondesti....
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Can you get virus from previewing email attachments in Gmail?

If an email attachment such as .docx, jpeg, .xls, .pdf, etc. contains virus/malware and if I open it for preview (not opening it in Google Docs or downloading it and opening it) then can I get ...
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Understanding Risk-based authentication (Google case) [closed]

I am trying to access my Gmail account. I have the correct password. When I click on login it asks for a confirmation code sent to my recovery email. Hopefully, the recovery email does not have this ...
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Can I safely view a malicious PDF in gmail or dochub? [duplicate]

I receive pdfs that could be malicious. Is it safe to view them within Gmail? What about DocHub? Is that the same as 'opening' them? (FYI I use Firefox as a browser)
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Spooky Suspicious Sign-In From My Town

I just had a weird experience that I am trying to figure out. I received a suspicious sign-in notification from google on my gmail account. They had my correct password. This isn't that surprising, ...
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How is it possible that this spam mail came from Google Forms without revealing their sender address?

I got just this typical spam email, but this one seemed odd. It came from Google Forms, which apparently can send emails too, however you have to sign in to Google Forms to use it, and it uses the ...
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Received a call from +1 202-455-8888 but I did not attempt to log in to my Gmail

I have enabled multi-factor authentication for my Gmail. When I need to log in to my mail, I should enter an OTP which is sent to my phone number. I got a call from this number, even though I did not ...
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How can Google know that a Microsoft e-mail account is “not safe”?

Recently, I was forced to log in to my Gmail account with a browser to keep using it. Then, Gmail noted that the "alternate e-mail address", my 1999 Hotmail one, which I had long ago ...
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Can I consider files compressed with password safe at all?

A follow up to my 7,5 years old question. Back 10-15 years ago, when I wanted to send an executable file over Gmail from my PC, all I had to do was to change file's extension to some meaningless one ...
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Does gmail still ignore DKIM if SPF passes, DMARC style?

This blog post from 2016 shockingly implies that gmail will accept an email if either SPF or DKIM passes. We use G suite SMTP servers, therefore SPF provides almost zero protection from spoofing. Is ...
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Can my school see what I'm doing on my phone? [duplicate]

I have multiple gmail accounts logged in to my gmail app on my phone. One of them is my school email because I like getting the notifications directly to my phone without having to log in to my ...
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Does Gmail datamine the content of attachments when possible?

It's well known that Google has a history of data-mining email text content for advertising and user-experience purposes (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/15/gmail-scans-all-emails-new-...
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Can my school look at my search history through Google Chrome if I am logged in through my school account? [duplicate]

I am doing online school at the moment and I am wondering if my school tracks and looks at everything I search just through my school Gmail account. I am on my own network and pc which has never been ...
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Have I been hacked by a Google employee? [closed]

When using gmail this morning, I got the "Currently being used in other location" warning in the bottom right hand corner: The details showed 2 different IP addresses accessing my account: ...
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School manages Google accounts, what can they do or see?

My school started using Google Meet for online classes. The accounts we use are managed by them and they told us that they know the IP of the device that we are logging in from. What else can they ...
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Email sender spoofing check from receiver

I understand there are techniques to prevent someone from spoofing your domain in emails. Is there any guarantee or check that the receiver can do to ensure the sender is authentic? Gmail shows TLS ...
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Spam issue regarding security on gmail app [duplicate]

I have been getting a ton of spam email, so I looked at one of them. I did not click anything, or download anything. However there was a spammy image with option to click on (as they always do). ...
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MITM Attack on Gmail's SSL in 2011

I have read these posts: https://www.cnet.com/news/fraudulent-google-certificate-points-to-internet-attack/ https://support.google.com/mail/forum/AAAAK7un8RU3J3r2JqFNTw/?hl=en&gpf=d/category-...
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Has this PC been hacked? What's going on?

I'm reasonably technically competent, but I don't know how to interpret this PC issue. As its a real-world incident, there's some back-story. I'm in the UK. The suspect PC runs Win8.1 up to date, ...
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How to efficiently deploy SMIME email certificates for entire domain with Google GSuite?

Google Suite Enterprise supports centralized SMIME email signatures. This allows for easy deployment across all devices. But besides an API, there's apparently no central management. And I couldn't ...
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Can using web-based protocol handlers for protocols such as mailto: links be dangerous in any way?

My question is specifically about an option in Google Chrome under Settings > Site Settings > Handlers. I've read in the past that with desktop-based protocol handlers--such as Office Outlook or ...
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Gmail shows my photo after I enter my emaill address (but before my password)

If I have a profile photo associated with a Google account, then when I enter my email address into GMail, but before I enter my password, the photo is shown. Is there a possible security breach ...
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Gmail Email id, dot(.) recognition [closed]

I keep on receiving email which is intend to be received by a gmail id similar to be mine, with no dots(.) in gmail id of other party. For example : my email id is john.grisham@gmail.com the inbox of ...
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Can simply opening an email lead to a hack? [duplicate]

It is common to be wary of links and attachments in emails but I have heard some people say that opening the emails themselves can be risky. Are vulnerabilities that can be exploited simply by opening ...
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Does user need to keep updated with the certificates locally when using TLS with smtp?

https://wjianz.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/howto-installconfigure-msmtp-and-mutt-on-ubuntu/ I got GTS CA 1O1 as the common name instead of Google Internet Authority G2. What is the difference between ...
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Gmail connected to work computer [duplicate]

On my work computer, I have connected to my personal Gmail account to check my email and go to my drive. At home I use my own personal phone and/or laptop. Can my employer see what I'm searching and ...
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Why I am seeing an email address offending my name? [closed]

When I succeed the username recovery process, I saw a suspicious address i didn't know of. How was this added to my list of known accounts? (see below)
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GMail Hack with 2-Factor Auth enabled

I have my business email on GMail. I use 2-factor authentication for access to said business email. I access my business email from 2 computers and 1 mobile Android device. I do not use Outlook or ...
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Misspelled recipent, same or unique? [closed]

I have x.x@gmail.com as primary email-address, but per accident i sent confidential information to xx@gmail.com (note the dot). How will this be handled?
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Is it safe to help a stranger login to gmail using my phone number?

I was assisting a man at the public library who was unable to login to his gmail account. He typed in his password and was prompted for a phone number, presumably so a code to be sent which would then ...
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Google suspicious activity warning persists for 4 days despite my confirming I recognize it, does this indicate additional security issue? [closed]

I had a google suspicious activity warning four days ago triggered by logging in from a location I don't use often. I accepted the offer to view the activity and acknowledged that I recognized it. ...
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Accessing Gmail if you are the owner of domain that someone else uses

Say Person A (Adam) owns the domain example.com, but is allowing free use of the domain name to his friend, Person B (Bill). As the owner of the domain, Adam logs into his registrar and points the ...
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Unknown automatically generated email in sent folder

I just noticed a strange email in my sent folder that I did not send. Here is the header information: To: 5f3d36eb61801dda4063@cloudmailin.net From: ********@gmail.com Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 06:54:17 ...
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Different email address in the email and the cancellation link in “Security alert for your linked Google Account” [closed]

In order to be able to help my mother, my gmail is listed as a recovery email for her Google account, mother@gmail.com (not her actual address). Today I received a "Security alert for your linked ...
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Gmail Question - Bypassing alerts

Is it easy to access someone's gmail account without having that alert pop up to warn the owner? So, for example, with gmail, if you log in somewhere different from your usual login, it alerts you ...
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What accounts for file accessed immediately after including link in Gmail?

Less than 60 seconds after sending an email w/ Gmail that contained a pasted https link to a .zip file, that file was accessed by two non-Google servers. Neither server belongs to the email recipient. ...
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Is it possible to get infected by opening an email in Android Gmail app?

I just received an email from an unknown person, titled "da vinci" and containing a docx file with the same name. Not suspicious at all, right? I have not opened or downloaded the file, but: The ...
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Should I be worried by an email which said my account was under attack? [duplicate]

So, today I received an email in my Gmail account which landed automatically in the spam folder. This was the email content: Hi! As you may have noticed, I sent you an email from your account. ...
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Why are my emails going to spam?

I have been trying to learn about phishing emails. I have read up quite a bit on it. I setup a domain somthing.tk (free domain), hosted a website on a VPS (Digital Ocean). Set up my own mail transfer ...
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Are emails from ProtonMail to Tutanota end-to-end encrypted?

So I know that sending emails from a ProtonMail Email to a ProtonMail email is end-to-end encrypted. And I know that sending emails from a Tutanota Email to a Tutanota email is end-to-end encrypted. I ...
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Gmail (Dot) Phishing Attack From Avalanche Botnet

I'm a full-stack web developer working in a small startup and have been wearing many hats as a result. I am by no means a cyber or information security expert. I'm looking for a general evaluation of ...
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How to find the source of business email account compromise

I have a gmail account example@gmail.com and I am sending emails to a lawyer with corporate email (I don't know the software they use). I am sending monthly bills to the lawyer for consulting fees. ...
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How does AVG insert its signature into Gmail emails?

I just sent an email from gmail loaded in my Chrome web browser. Also on the Windows 7 computer is AVG "anti-virus". Turns out AVG somehow managed to insert a signature into the email I sent out. ...
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How would google know someone has the password for my web host email?

I received a confusing email from Google today. It had the subject 'Critical security alert' and the body said in part 'Google has become aware that someone else knows your password, and we've taken ...
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How can you use the information from Gmail's “Show Original” feature to check if an email really came from Google?

I received an email saying that someone logged into my Gmail account from an unknown device. How can I verify that this email (security alert) actually came from Google and not from a malicious source?...
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Gmail Contact List Safety

How can I know that my Gmail is spoofed or sending spams to other people I sent email to them before? I don't have clear signs of that especially my contact list is empty but I'm afraid this may ...
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Lock gmail access from a smartphone

A friend has broken his smartphone. It has (at least) three security issues: It is not protected by any PIN, password or fingerprint It automaticaly access gmail (I'm not sure if he just rememberd ...
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How to enforce E-mail Account Security with regards to Custom Domains & 2FA?

Lately I've been bothered by the fact that should one of my e-mail accounts be in some way compromised despite its long and randomized password phrase. I'd have hell to pay since it is effectively a ...
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Find the person behind an email address using its recovery email in Gmail

Note: This is based on a true story! The Story: Alice and Bob are good friends and each one knows the personal email address of the other person and they contact with each other using it. Let's ...

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