What are security issues about sending bank alerts via email/SMS?

Banks offer to send alerts for each transaction happening on a customers account. My bank is offering three options: SMS alerts, email alerts and push alerts into their own app. Only sms alerts are free of charge. The other options are a very small fee each time a transaction happens.

Could scammers make much out of transaction alerts containing the transaction’s IBAN, the amount and sender and recipient?

Besides that, what is the wisest choice between the options? Email notifications could be intercepted if the scammers gain control of my email account. I might not receive emails while traveling in an area with low reception, while sms still come through.

SMS might be problematic if my phone gets stolen with the sim card. So there’s no way to be informed (but also no good way to authenticate myself to the bank to halt all transactions).

The bank app is not good because it relies on me having a smart phone and an internet connection. The bank states that email and sms will be send unencrypted (as usual), this option is not clear, but it probably will be.

Which of these options offers the most unlikely scam scenarios?

Long-distance alarm-style unobvious alerts in 5e

I have a 7th-level wizard who would like to be secretly alerted if someone enters an underground location that is important to him. He will always be within 20 miles of the location. He would like to set up this “alert” once and then have it last until triggered; he would not want to have to return to the location to re-cast any spells very frequently. (Returning once a year or so would be OK.) Ideally, the intruder would not be aware that anyone is monitoring this location. The wizard has a normal amount of resources, so no solutions which cost zillions in gold. Is there a way to do this, without homebrewed spells/items?

Ideas I have considered (and rejected, with reasons):

  1. alarm. Problems: only lasts 8 hours. Also the mental “ping” has a range of only 1 mile, but the duration is the dealbreaker here, otherwise it’d be perfect.
  2. Cast glyph of warding with a trigger of “someone enters the location”. Cast skywrite [EEPC] into the glyph, to write “Intruder!” or similar into the sky when the glyph is triggered. Problems: the location is underground and so the sky can’t be seen from it, and skywrite requires the caster to be able to see the sky. Also has the problem that other people can see the “alert” in the sky, although what’s written could be made obscure to make this less likely. It’s also not all that efficient; our wizard has to look at the sky pretty regularly (how often do you look at the sky?)
  3. A magic mouth “telephone wire” (discussed at GitP). Basically, you cast a chain of magic mouths every 30ft between the location and the wizard, where the first one is triggered by an intruder and whispers “Intruder!”, and all the others are triggered by the previous magic mouth in the chain whispering “Intruder!” and then say “Intruder!” themselves. Problems: costs a lot of money (10gp per mouth), and it only works to a fixed location; the wizard has to remain at the end of the (static) chain forever. It’s also possible that other people may hear the chain speaking, and the intruder themselves may also hear it and thus be alerted that their intrusion has been detected.
  4. Create a keycharm [E: RFTLW]. Cast glyph of warding, with condition “an intruder enters the area” and tie it to the keycharm. Cast alarm into the glyph, tying it to the keycharm. If an intruder enters and avoids the glyph, that will trigger the keycharm; if the intruder does not avoid the glyph, then the glyph will cast alarm, the intruder will trip the alarm, and that will trigger the keycharm. Problems: you need to be or have the help of a dwarf with the Mark of Warding from Eberron.
  5. Station your familiar at the location, and have the warlock eldritch invocation voice of the chain master so the familiar can tell you about an intruder from any distance. Problems: you need to be a third-level Pact of the Chain warlock with voice of the chain master, and then give up your familiar to have it guard the location, which is a pretty heavy cost to pay.
  6. Find a friendly awakened shrub, or create one with a pot of awakening [XGTE] (the awaken spell is too high level). Obtain a pair of sending stones [DMG]. Since the shrub is friendly, and has human-level intelligence (10), it should be able to obey commands, and since it’s a living thing that can take actions, it should be able to use an action to activate the sending stone. The shrub is defined as knowing “one language known by its creator”, but it’s not clear whether it merely understands that language or can actually speak. If it can speak, it can warn the wizard by sending through the sending stone. If it can’t speak, then request it to use its action when it spots an intruder to activate the sending stone and then wave in the air; put a magic mouth on its pot with trigger “when the plant waves, say ‘Intruder!'”, and then hopefully the magic mouth can be heard through the sending. (Problems: This second approach is rather more dubious! It’s not at all clear that one creature can cast sending and then have someone else do the speaking. And it’s quite likely that the shrub can’t speak and thus can’t send anything through the sending spell, even if it can use an action to trigger the sending stone. However, the awaken spell does gift the shrub the ability to speak (“The target also gains the ability to speak one language you know”), so presumably the pot of awakening does as well.)
  7. Have a magic mouth trigger on an intruder and use a sending stone. Problems: I’d rule against this as a DM; the stones require an action to trigger, and magic mouths can’t take actions.
  8. Cast contingency, with trigger “an intruder enters the location”, and have it do something to you, wherever you are. Prestidigitation to make sparks appear in front of your eyes briefly, say, to warn you of an intruder. This is the perfect solution but it’s a 6th-level spell and thus unavailable to our 7th-level wizard.
  9. Rube Goldberg approaches which involve a glyph of warding (somehow) destroying one of a pair of sending stones, thus rendering the other one (in the wizard’s possession) instantly nonmagical. Problems: I don’t think there’s a way to be alerted that a stone in one’s pocket has suddenly become nonmagical, plus ideally one would not destroy a magical item just to make this alarm work.

There are obviously homebrew or unlikely approaches (find or buy a scroll of contingency, or craft a dedicated magical item to do this), but I’m trying to find an approach without crafting a homebrew item to basically cast permanent alarm (since that’s basically DM fiat in allowing it, and I prefer to have my NPCs not just pull powers out of their hats but instead follow the same rules as the PCs, when possible.) I will of course do this if necessary, but I’m hoping there’s a more creative way.

A similar question was addressed at How can I set up a long-range alarm for my fortress? but this example is more constrained; the wizard here will remain closer to the location, and is lower-level (and therefore is happy to accept more constraints on the solution). But “tell me if someone enters this area, even if I’m some distance away” does not seem too outlandish a thing for a 7th-level wizard to be able to creatively do.

Color coding Alerts

I am having some issues with a project alert colors.

I am having two cases that starts an alert.

One is if the value is over 40 and one is over 45.

Reaching the 40 value is a really bad thing and reaching 45 is even worse.

The problem is that I cannot use orange for over 40 as it is really important and needs action to be taken immediately.

Currently I use light red and hard red but I am afraid that they do not differentiate well enough.

Any suggestions please ?

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SharePoint 2010 Alert Me Not Sending Alerts when Item Deleted

I have an alert setup on a list:

  1. Send e-mail
  2. Only send me alerts when: All changes
  3. Send me an alert when: Anything changes
  4. Send notification immediately

I received an alert when the item was added but not when the user deleted it.

Does this have to do with the user who deleted the item (which was the user who created the item)?

Why would I not receive notification that the item was deleted?

Modifying SharePoint alerts to reduce the details in the email

I’m finally getting my organization to use Alerts. Which is great. We are using SharePoint online. I send each team member a daily summary at 7:00 am.
The following are the settings: Change type: All Changes Send Alerts for These Changes: Anything Changes When to Send Alerts: Daily Summary 7:00 am

From the screen shot below, you can see one team member has been working on a file, and every time the file saves, the alert records it, and if they’ve been working on the file all day, there are several lines for each file. The team members have to scroll a long way down in the email to see all the files that have been modified.

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Finding the list of Email-Addresses who have subscribed alerts on sharepoint 2010

I have a list of email-addresses in a sharepoint list that send out alerts for the list whenever there is a change.

Now I face a problem to see who is on the list as I have to take away some addresses from it.

The address are from outside our domain so they are not listed in the System Administration/ User alerts.

How can I see the list or edit the list of email addresses.?

Search alerts in 2013 don’t work – no relevant results found, no emails

I have a problem with a new Enterprise Search application: it does not send out emails with new results matching the term, and I have no idea why.


  1. I have an alert on a site to “immediately” alert me with changes to a library.

  2. In my enterprise search I then search for something that does not exist, i.e. some random collection of letters (“Nothing here matches your search”).

  3. I then set up an alert in my search to send out alerts for “New items in search result”.

  4. I then get an email saying the alert has been successfully created.

  5. I then create a word-document matching the criteria that did not return any results before (both in the content and title of the document) and upload that document to my library.

  6. Within a few minutes I then get an alert from the library that a new document has been added.

  7. The library is set up with a continuous crawl in the enterprise search, so within about 15 minutes that one result appears in the search results when I hit F5 in the search. But the second alert I would have expected – the one from the enterprise search – never comes.

But why?

From what I said above I assume that

  • SMTP broadly works,
  • the “immediate” timer job every 5 minutes broadly works, and
  • I’ve got the appropriate and required permissions.

This is what people typically suggest to check first.

What next?

The SchedSubscriptions table in my content db has an entry for my enterprise search alert. And I can see the timestamp in the NotifyTime(UTC) column moving every 24hrs – it just does not seem to send anything out.

In the timerlock table I can see my app server acquiring a lock every 5 minutes. And in the ULS logs of that server I can see a line saying “[…] Entering monitored scope (Timer Job job-immediate-alerts) […]” every 5 minutes. But no obvious errors.

I can also see it invoking the search on the web front end within the 2 seconds between entering and leaving the monitored scope. And in the ULS logs on that web front end in the same timespan I see a lot of query processing using my unique keyword – so far so expected.

But then on the web front end I get a message saying “Relevant Results: 0, Refinement Results: 0”, and on the app server “Search alert: '0' results”.

I don’t know where to go next. Why would the exact word I am looking for appearing in the title and content of a document not be deemed relevant when sending out an alert, but the same will appear on the result page when I manually search for it?

Update (2017-09-14)

I added another document that matches my criteria and again got the notification that something in the library has changed, but nothing from the search results.

On the WFE I get a line saying

Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Query.Ims.ImsQueryInternal : New request: Query text ‘”xxxxxx-xxxxx”‘, Query template ‘{searchboxquery} […] QueryTemplateHelper: Query template ‘{searchboxquery}’ transformed to query text ‘”xxxxxx-xxxxx”‘ […]

and an additional search a few lines down

QueryTemplateHelper: Query template ‘{?{searchTerms} -ContentClass=urn:content-class:SPSPeople}’ transformed to query text ‘”xxxxxx-xxxxx” -ContentClass=urn:content-class:SPSPeople’. […]

followed by

Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Query.Pipeline.Processing.SummarizerEvaluator : Unable to generate summaries and/or highlight properties since no results were found for ‘RelevantResults’ table.

and much further down

Timed out while executing QueryId PersonalFavorite Query SourceId cd0b4ea8-749c-4bcb-9c27-3cd8355bb774 ProviderId 8e35d350-e91e-4a6f-be79-5009e5ed2a84 CorrelationId 883e3371-3fa3-41ec-8f51-ace9a8839c54 ParentCorrelationId 883e3371-3fa3-41ec-8f51-ace9a8839c54 5bfabff0-2f50-47eb-b7c5-0a47276bdd4b


Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Query.Ims.ImsQueryInternal : Number of tables in Result: 2, Relevant Results: 0, Refinement Results: 0 […] Microsoft.Ceres.InteractionEngine.Component.QueryWatcher : Aborting flow (FlowName=Microsoft.PersonalFavoritesProviderFlow, FlowId=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000). Timeout after 15000 milliseconds. […]

Now, I assume the PersonalFavorite Query timeout is a different problem, because it happens after the bit that says no results were found for 'RelevantResults' table

But what I don’t understand if how SharePoint works out what has been added in the last day (and week) that is relevant for the email alert?

Disabling system sounds and alerts without disabling application notification sounds

Is there a way to disable all alerts without disabling notifications for certain apps? For instance, every time I adjust the volume with the keyboard it plays an annoying bing sound, and the only way I know to disable it is to mute System Sounds in settings. This is fine except muting System Sounds mutes the notification sound that plays whenever my thunderbird inbox receives a new message. System Sounds