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Old 02-09-2018, 02:44 PM   #1
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Is mail.ru safe?


I made a new friend (online) that I barely know. He's in Russia and his email is mail.ru

Is it safe to email with him?

Thanks
 
Old 02-09-2018, 04:23 PM   #2
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who knows...is it safe to email anyone from anywhere that you barely know?

Do you work for the American DNC or Pres. Trump? Joking....

I found these links for you:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mail.Ru
https://security.stackexchange.com/q...onsidered-spam
 
Old 02-09-2018, 04:42 PM   #3
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who knows...is it safe to email anyone from anywhere that you barely know?

Do you work for the American DNC or Pres. Trump? Joking....

I found these links for you:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mail.Ru
https://security.stackexchange.com/q...onsidered-spam
Thanks CT and thanks for the links. I guess I was wondering if anybody had any experience with mail.ru in particular. (I get that I need to be careful emailing with somebody I barely know. But I'd feel more comfortable if they were on gmail or yahoo. I know nothing about mail.ru.(experientially))
 
Old 02-09-2018, 05:00 PM   #4
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I made a new friend (online) that I barely know. He's in Russia and his email is mail.ru

Is it safe to email with him?

Thanks
be careful, you might contract some horrible russian disease!
 
Old 02-09-2018, 08:15 PM   #5
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It's likely as safe as anyone else, like, for example, Yahoo, these days, which means "not very."
 
Old 02-09-2018, 11:43 PM   #6
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a better question is linux safe remember Snowden's leaks the U.S. government is spying on everybody it can any way it can
so why trust a U.S. government contractor with just about every facet of your O/S
dose anybody else remember where systemd comes from
 
Old 02-10-2018, 03:55 AM   #7
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^ for snowden, russia is safe...
 
Old 02-10-2018, 08:47 AM   #8
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I wouldn't open any attachments from this acquaintance .
 
Old 02-10-2018, 11:00 AM   #9
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I'm not sure how much more secure the following are, however I've been using startmail for over a year now. Its not free, however the cost isn't that much. I know I will never use anything by Yahoo or Alphabet again for email, and startmail doesn't have a bloated, tabloid homepage look like yahoo, which really turns me off.

https://www.startmail.com/en/

Another alternative to Startmail is Protonmail.

https://protonmail.com/

Both of them are based out of Europe.
 
Old 02-10-2018, 11:05 AM   #10
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My best friend online is Russian and I am no stranger to Russian sites.

However, every link at the top of the page you linked to was blocked with a privacy warning by uBlock Origin when I clicked it.

Does that effect your ability to exchange mail with him? Not in my opinion, if there is no language barrier.

Would I open an attachment from anyone I knew well without careful thought, much less someone I didn't?

Nyet.
 
Old 02-10-2018, 11:12 AM   #11
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Is it safe to email with him?
What does "safe" mean for you?
 
Old 02-10-2018, 03:23 PM   #12
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I wouldn't open any attachments from this acquaintance .
i wouldn't even open attachments from my mum.
if i was using windows, that is.


seriously, didn't you know that the internet is global; doesn't matter which country, it's all equally safe/unsafe.

there's no reason to think a random online aquaintance that uses mail.com is any safer than one that uses mail.ru.

old fears & prejudices die slowly.
 
Old 02-11-2018, 12:10 PM   #13
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I keep a couple of live 2 gig usbs for email attachment opening. It keeps the hinky things off my installs.

If concerned about saftey. Live usb is the way to go.

Last edited by rokytnji; 02-11-2018 at 12:11 PM.
 
Old 02-11-2018, 08:20 PM   #14
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If you need for your messages to be private, and to have reason to believe that messages purporting to come from your friend actually did, then both of you will need to employ cryptographic e-mail message-signing and perhaps encryption.

(If the message is "signed," then you can determine that it came from its purported sender, whether or not the message is also "encrypted." Note that all "encrypted" messages are also "signed.")

There are two well-known and widely-supported standards: S/MIME, and GPG (PGP). Clients which support both (possibly using plug-ins) are widely available on all platforms and can reliably exchange messages with one another.

Both of these will require you to set up public and private keys and to use e-mail software that knows how to sign and perhaps to encrypt your messages, and to check the signatures (and encryption) of messages received from your friend.

No SMTP/POP e-mail server should be considered "secure," because the communications protocol is not secure. You must, as previously described, secure your messages.

Last edited by sundialsvcs; 02-11-2018 at 08:21 PM.
 
Old 02-12-2018, 06:08 AM   #15
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If you need for your messages to be private, and to have reason to believe that messages purporting to come from your friend actually did, then both of you will need to employ cryptographic e-mail message-signing and perhaps encryption.

Cryptography is all well and good. I use it to a limited extent myself.

But OP is wanting to know if it's "safe to email with him". I'd be more concerned that he use plain text format instead of HTML than lack of encrypting exchanged pleasantries. It is supposed to be between friends and he isn't the one using mail.ru anyway. His friend is.

What's OP using? Yahoo? Gmail? I don't consider that safe and dropped my Yahoo accounts in favor of foreign options.

Not that the Mossad might not be looking at the receipts of my ebay purchases... Oy Gevalt!
 
  


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