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Is putting the password in the subject line safe?

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:42 pm
by ianr
Is putting the password in the subject line safe? Doesn't that mean every server my email goes through is going to keep a copy of my password? Doesn't it then mean my email -> fax service could be hijacked?

(sorry for being paranoid!)

Ian

Re: Is putting the password in the subject line safe?

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 7:40 pm
by ForumAdmin
ianr wrote:Is putting the password in the subject line safe? Doesn't that mean every server my email goes through is going to keep a copy of my password? Doesn't it then mean my email -> fax service could be hijacked?

(sorry for being paranoid!)

Ian
The only server that sees your password is Exetel's.

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:02 pm
by ianr
hmm, you're probably thinking that I'm using my exetel email service, and exetel email servers.. Never used them (I hate using the email address from an isp, as that means your address changes every time your ISP does..)

But I get your point, I could use the exetel mail server and address for my outgoing faxes, which should keep it private.

Next question (I may as well do it here) is there a practical limit on how many can be sent at one go? ie I read the doc and it says I can put multiple recipients in the 'to' field - is there a limit to how long that can be?

(before you ask, I do a lot of community stuff, so occasionally fax about 150 people a single page)

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:40 am
by ForumAdmin
ianr wrote:
1) hmm, you're probably thinking that I'm using my exetel email service, and exetel email servers.. Never used them (I hate using the email address from an isp, as that means your address changes every time your ISP does..)

But I get your point, I could use the exetel mail server and address for my outgoing faxes, which should keep it private.

2) Next question (I may as well do it here) is there a practical limit on how many can be sent at one go? ie I read the doc and it says I can put multiple recipients in the 'to' field - is there a limit to how long that can be?

(before you ask, I do a lot of community stuff, so occasionally fax about 150 people a single page)
1) It has nothing to do with which email server sends the email - it simply means that the password is used by the Exetel email/fax server to validate (and therefore charge) the account of the sender.

2) It makes no difference how many faxes are simultaneously sent - they will be queued and sent as 'lines' become available.

no

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:50 am
by ianr
that isn't right (or you didn't get the question).

If I send mail via my normal pop server - which is in the usa - or via something like gmail - that mailserver 'sees' my email, and probably keeps a log of all email sent.. So yes, there is a email header, with the subject (which has my password in it) floating around..

OK, I'll try a fax send - to a lot of people - and see if your email server does have a limit to how many addresses can be in the 'to' field. EVERY email server I've ever used does, so I assume your's does to. Are you sure you can't tell me what that limit is now so I don't have to experiment to find it?

Ian

Re: no

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:26 am
by ForumAdmin
ianr wrote:that isn't right (or you didn't get the question).

If I send mail via my normal pop server - which is in the usa - or via something like gmail - that mailserver 'sees' my email, and probably keeps a log of all email sent.. So yes, there is a email header, with the subject (which has my password in it) floating around..

Ian
If you're concerned that the contents of your emails/email headers are scrutinised/harvested for data content by various servers along the various data paths then you need to re-think your use of email.

I've asked a sysadmin to reply to your other question.

Re: no

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:19 pm
by William M
ianr wrote:that isn't right (or you didn't get the question).

If I send mail via my normal pop server - which is in the usa - or via something like gmail - that mailserver 'sees' my email, and probably keeps a log of all email sent.. So yes, there is a email header, with the subject (which has my password in it) floating around..

OK, I'll try a fax send - to a lot of people - and see if your email server does have a limit to how many addresses can be in the 'to' field. EVERY email server I've ever used does, so I assume your's does to. Are you sure you can't tell me what that limit is now so I don't have to experiment to find it?

Ian
If you require technical information on the limit placed by our email server it is 1000.

So I believe you should be safe if you are only sending 150. But again, as ForumAdmin pointed out you will still be restricted to the amount of available lines.