Sending passwords in email
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The frequency at which people give me confidential information via email astounds me. You’d be surprised (hopefully) if I told you how much I get a social security number, credit card numbers, or password emailed to me.
I always make a point of telling people not to send any of that information via email, but it’s not always possible until it’s too late.
It’s not just non-technical users who are affected. I was just asked to check out a new service tailored for SEO agencies that deal with clients yesterday. We do a lot of search engine optimization for our customers, so I’m always on the lookout for new technologies to help us better support them. What happened after I signed up for a trial account? THEY RETURNED MY PASSWORD TO ME IN TEXT!!! (As a side note, don’t sign up for a RankActive.com account.) Any business that can’t even get the most basic level of protection right isn’t worth doing business with.)
When I told the representative who approached me about it, she genuinely tried to understand why it wasn’t a concern. (She did say they’d stop sending that email within the next 24 hours, though.)
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I’ve learned from a number of sources that if I send an encrypted file to someone else, I should also send the password in a separate email; but why? If someone is sniffing, both will be captured, and if the inbox is hacked, both will be captured. However, it appears that submitting it separately is “best practice.”
If you send them separately, you introduce more noise into the channel; assuming there is a pause in sending the second email, the attacker will have to listen for longer and filter more information. It’s only a little bit better than delivering anything in the same package; imagine ordering a safe and shipping the keys with it; it’s the same concept.
You are correct in thinking that sending the password through a different medium (sms, phone, etc.) is more reliable, but it also necessitates more management and data collection, and the logistics of doing so add to the cost.
The best practice is to send the password “out of band,” which means sending the file and the password through separate communication channels, one of which is on the internet and the other not. If you’re sending the file by email, send the password via SMS; if it’s on a network share, write the password down on paper and hand it over to them; and so on.
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Obviously, we all know that passwords should not be sent in plain text through email or with the attached password-protected folder, but is there a problem with sending a password as a picture via email, say if you’re sending a password to a user who just needs their password reset and you’re only reminding them of the update?
It’s not so much what’s being sent as it is how it’s being sent that’s the problem with e-mail. Only opportunistic encryption is used in e-mail. If all parties agree to encrypt the link, they will do so; otherwise, plain text will suffice. Obfuscation is not the same as defense. You might use a picture, Roman numerals (I’ve actually seen credit card numbers sent this way), or interpretive dance to submit the password. Anyone can read the data if it isn’t encrypted. The OWASP Forgotten Password Guide strongly encourages the use of tokens over a side channel for this purpose.
Password resets should never be attempted. It’s like losing your way in a video game; once you’ve lost it, it’s game over. In either case, the login debate will go on for a while. So far, most solutions have their own set of issues; it’s all about finding the solution that presents the fewest risks in your case.
How to send password protect email in gmail
Sending information as an e-mail attachment is fast and simple, but it runs the risk of being intercepted by someone other than the intended recipient. If the information in the attachment is sensitive or confidential, this may be a serious issue.
We also recommend encrypting the file before sending it via email to increase the degree of security. Encryption is a software technique that makes data unreadable by “scrambling” it. Anyone except the person who has the password to decrypt the message would see it as a meaningless jumble of characters after it has been encrypted.
Examine the three questions below to determine if you need to encrypt any files before sending them. If you answered yes to any of these questions, you can secure your data with passwords and encryption.
7-zip can be downloaded here. We suggest that you encrypt your files using 7-Zip, an open source program that is available on all university computers. If you don’t already have 7-zip installed on your computer, go to http://www.7-zip.org to get it.