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Confidentiality is the property of maintaining the secrecy of an asset. In other words, confidentiality means protecting against the threat of disclosure. It is one of the three key security properties of an asset, along with confidentiality and availability.

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Security Engineering Potential Threat?

I've been working on some security engineering problems and there is no solution provided so if someone can clarify, would be great. From the point of view of security engineering, which is not a ...
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Is TCP more secure than UDP? [closed]

I am referring to confidentiality not integrity. are there any security features that UDP lack compared to TCP? According to this paragraph While TACACS uses UDP port 49, TACACS+ uses TCP port 49 ...
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Is there a benefit to encrypting a file multiple times? [duplicate]

If I had to store a text file with some confidential information on the cloud, would encrypting the file multiple times (say, 3) with different passwords using WinRAR (AES with a 256 bit key) provide ...
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Is www.cheap-lingerine.com safe to use my credit card on? [closed]

I want to make sure my information is safe. This website is openly china-oriented but says to secure card information with Secure Sockets Layer technology (SSL) on those pages that involve sensitive ...
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Is PGP suitable for encrypting webservices?

I would like to know if I can use of PGP to ensure SOAP webservices confidentiality? I don't want use SSL, it's kind of slow mechanism to make a tunnel for high throughput data transaction. I though ...
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Is it safe to put the output of 'strace' online?

For debugging purposes, one might be asked to put the output of strace for some process online, i.e. attached to a bug report. Is this safe in general? Under what circumstances is this safe or ...
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A manual function for hasing identity?

I hope you won't close the question. Even though there are no computers involved, it is still about information and security, and I think that security experts are the ones who will be able to help ...
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iPhone iOS 7 Encryption at Lock Screen

Following this topic, I have a question about how the OS and apps access data while the phone is locked. Particularly in the case of iPhone 5S running iOS 7. When the device is locked, what allows ...
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How can an ISP throttle encrypted connections? [closed]

I have had experience with an ISP that slows down all encrypted connections (down to an average 20-35 KBps) I was wondering if a) this is legal b)how can they do it and c) is there a way to bypass it. ...
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Is a pre-shared secret enough for encryption?

Suppose: A and B are initially configured to possess the same key. -- the key is only known by the pair -- no key needs to be public A has an algorithm, a, that takes a message(plain ...
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Someone keeps using my email address. What to do?

I have had a GMail ever since it was created, so it's an email address that is easy to remember, but also easy for somebody else to get confused with. Since I'm not going to post my email address ...
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Timing Safe String Comparison - Avoiding Length Leak

Let's say that we're building a generic timing-safe comparison function for general purpose use. Making it so that it is safe when both strings are equal length is pretty well known. However, what I'm ...
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SSL/TLS in-memory data interception after decryption

In a scenario where a client is reading data from a server over SSL/TLS and then encrypts that data using a client-side symmetric key before saving it to the disk, how susceptible is the data to an ...
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Question: How to plan email policy for start-ups?

I'm a part of a software start-up. I've the role of IT admin as well as requirement gathering (business analysis). Right now we're a team of seven people and we all are in the 'core team'. Now we're ...
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Who is the creator of the CIA triad?

The Information Security goals - Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability (CIA) - are often referenced to as the CIA triad. As I am writing on my master thesis, I am wondering to which resource I ...
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Data categorization: tools?

For the purpose of setting in place the appropriate means of securing data, and to secure this process, I'm asking me the questions: What are the tools to associate to a document a categorization ...
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Security goals vs ITU-T security services

I am doing a course on cryptography, and there I learned that the major security goals are Confidentiality Integrity Availability Also I Learned that ITU-T provides 5 different security services ...
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Does Google Analytics collect any information about the contents of the web page?

If I enable Google Analytics on my web application, does the Google Analytics Javascript collect any information on the web page (any of the content on the page)? Does it collect any information ...
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Security Standards for storing private customer data

A certain government regulation in my country mandates all non-resident donors to provide a copy of their identification (usually, the passport). So, we ask the donors to upload a copy of their ...
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Android side channels: what can one app observe about other apps?

What information can a malicious Android app observe about the behavior of other apps running on the same phone? In more detail, suppose app M is malicious and is running in the background. Suppose ...
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If encrypted data in a database are accessed by application, does that mean that the application has the decryption key?

I'm using an application linked to a database which holds confidential data (numbers). According to the developer, this data is encrypted. However, i can easily generate a report that will show the ...
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Can a web application administrator access the database of that application?

We have a web application linked to a database. The database is secured but contains unmasked confidential numbers. Can a normal administrator who can access the application, access those numbers in ...
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What are the purposes of these security policies?

I work at an IBM lab and there are some security policies that I do not understand the point of. When I ask why we do them my boss simply says it's policy and avoids answering the question. We must ...
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Shutdown: Clear virtual memory pagefile

I was reading about Windows Local Policy of "Shutdown: Clear virtual memory pagefile". I need some clarification on this brief policy description: What do it mean by operating system that allow ...
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Why can a Tor exit node decrypt data, but not the entry node?

Me -> Node A -> Node B -> Node C -> destination The documentation on Tor always states that only the exit node C can see plain text data. How is this possible without me talking to Node C ...
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Securely notify users about account changes

I am developing a web application (using PHP) and I am wondering what the best way is to notify users that someone updated their account information? The information that can be updated includes: ...
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How do I ensure that a VPS host will keep my information private?

Basically, I want to use OpenVPN on a VPS to browse confidentially. However, I don't know much about VPS hosters and to me, it seems to be a hard choice because there are so many. However, I think ...
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Sharing encrypted data

I have a web app that is storing information related to a organization that I would like to encrypt but share amongst organization members. I would only like the members of the organization to be able ...
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Confidentiality and integrity for web session

When the client authenticates with our service, he is issued an opaque "token". This token includes the information, that identifies the client and some other information about the client ("payload"). ...
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Is it possible for a third party to sniff data off the line to an ISP and determine what the user is doing?

Can somebody hack the line between my router and service provider and monitor what I'm doing online and what sites I'm visiting?
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Ciphertext for email vs Ciphertext for database

Let's say Bob wants to send a message to Alice. This communication requires to achieve confidentiality, integrity, proof of origin, non-repudiation. Therefore we can use this cipher-text: ciphertext ...
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Secure risks of online chat for customer service

Some merchants provide the ability to chat over the web for customer service or help. Are there any risks in using these online chat channels? If so, what are the primary risks? Can the chat ...
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Security in the breaking cloud? Storage Wars?

If access to a cloud server instance that stores personal/important information is lost or removed by the provider, is my data protected? Can the provider access my data and copy it, distribute, or ...
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How effectively can ISPs detect illegal file sharing?

Recently the USA passed a law requiring ISPs to spy on their customers' internet connections to check for illegal file sharing. I assume that they would do this by sniffing packets, but doesn't this ...
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Does GOOD Dynamics Proxy comply with EU data legislation?

My client is excited about GOOD technology; it allows them to have controlled access to business applications & email from BYOD (bring your own devices) and will enable a more mobile workforce. ...
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Keyboard sniffing through audio recorded typing patterns

I've been thinking about this for a while; I know people are aware of wireless wiretapping of keyboards. However, has there been research on how to wiretap keyboards based on typing patterns? I'm ...
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Is there any security value of creatively naming folders containing sensitive files?

A friend of mine asked me if he could sign his tax returns without printing them out. While helping him, he insisted on naming the folder containing images of his signature and initials a completely ...
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Can all the (other) recepients of a PGP encrypted message be identified?

Does an encrypted message contain any information about whom it is encrypted to, or at least to how many recipients? And if so, is it at least only obtainable for other recipients or for just anybody? ...
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API - How can I make sure data sent by the user is only sent to my application?

I have an API and a web application where users can login through another system and then post text messages to my application, for example. How can I assure that when this data is only posted to my ...
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Why encrypt data in memory?

I saw that KeePass not only encrypts its password-database-file, it also can encrypt the passwords it holds in memory. This is just an example. I thinking of a new project dealing with sensitve / ...
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Where to put private files on a shared web server

I continually hear and read people warning against the perils of placing proprietary information or confidential documents within the web server root directory. If I am on a shared server, I cannot ...
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How Is It Possible For Hackers To “Dig Up The Dirt” On People?

Like the title says, I was wondering how its possible for hackers to "dig up the dirt" and get peoples personal information such as address, credit cards, bank accounts, social insurance number, etc? ...
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Is passing sensitive data through the process environment secure?

Recently I have been looking for the possibility to pass sensitive information from one process to another (at process startup time) without passing it through the command line or without using a ...
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How might the U.K. Government's proposed internet surveillance equipment “bypass” encryption?

http://www.channel4.com/news/black-boxes-to-monitor-all-internet-and-phone-data http://rt.com/news/uk-privacy-internet-freedom-186/ 'Black boxes' will be installed by internet services providers ...
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In what situations are web services required to protect confidentiality of user information?

I know that if a web application needs to be PCI-DSS or HIPAA compliant the user personal identifiable information (e.g. user password, etc) needs to be kept confidential. Under what other situations ...
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Implications of securing data in RAM

Someone told me that his company is storing all application data (at least the sensitive data I guess) in RAM for security. Their application runs for long periods of time, so data stays in memory for ...
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Keeping valuable algorithms secret

Given a securities trading algorithm that is very effective and thereby very valuable, how do you keep it secret and protect it from theft or copying? What techniques or architecture is the best? The ...
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Is DRM considered Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability, or some combination of the three?

I was discussing software trial time limit enforcement with a colleague and the idea of CIA came up. Do stricter enforcement techniques increase confidentiality at the expense of availability? (for ...
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Bank account number and account holder in check exposed?

I'm not sure if this is standard practice in all banking institutions but almost all banks where I've received checks the account number of the issuer is exposed (some even the account name). Isn't ...
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Is traffic sent by Mouse Without Borders encrypted?

Some of our users have installed Mouse Without Borders and I wanted to know if it is possible to intercept the traffic being sent between the two computers and read it in some meaningful manner. I was ...