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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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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Does SSL/TLS (https) hide the urls being accessed [duplicate]

Suppose I type this in my browser https://www.mysite.com/getsecret?username=alice&password=mysecret and an attacker is watching all traffic from me to my ISP. What information is protected by ...
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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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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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Getting rid of a large quantity of paper

Say you were in charge of getting rid of a large quantity of paper - up to 1,000 in a row. It can't be used as scratch paper because it contains confidential information. It also can't be outsourced ...
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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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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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Is there a digital “safety deposit box” equivalent?

Digital safety deposit boxes: do they exist? if yes, are (any|they) trustworthy? There are many bricks and mortar financial institutions where one can rent a locked box in a locked room and be ...
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Is it possible to get all the data I send through wifi?

Is it possible, that the network administrator (wpa2 wifi network) can log all the data the users send and then get password out of it? I know it is not possible to get the password if I'm surfing ...
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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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Storing Credit Card Numbers

I'll be making a website with a membership type of option for the website, and I'll be most likely using Authorize.Net to make the transactions, however, I need to know what kind of encryption I can ...
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Using encryption inside of SSL connection

We are using SSL to make our connection between clients and backbone servers safer. Does it really make sense if also we use another encryption mechanism to encrypt transmitted data twice? For example,...
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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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when is it safe to click through an SSL warning message?

How does a user know if it's safe to click through scary browser warnings about SSL certificates? Ideally, a user should never need to click through these warning messages, but sometimes honest ...
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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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What practical uses are there for the AD feature of “Confidential Attributes”

Are any applications (off the shelf, or internal) leveraging Active Directory's Confidential Attributes? Would you store sensitive information here such as a private key, or a salt here? I'm ...
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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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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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Patient Hashes for Compression and Security

Are there any front-running approaches to using server-generated hashes to encapsulate patient condition in a concise manner while maximizing security? For example, a system to represent current med ...
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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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can multiple encryption of data with multiple keys increase the security?

I mean: does encrypting data multiple times have an effect on diffusion and confusion? Does it increase security, or does it have no effect? Is it useless? Does it make it harder to break the secret, ...
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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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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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How do I release a self made program without it being tracked back to me?

For clarification, I am looking for the best way to release this program anonymously, not how to remain anonymous and such in general life (that is a different -already answered- question). I've ...
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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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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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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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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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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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System for Mutual authenticaion and confidentiality

I am looking for a protocol where there needs to be mutual authentication between client and server. For example server should connect to a particular client only. That is client should authenticate ...
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How eavesdropping will be performed how can I prevent from eavesdropping

I believe that eavesdropping in a man in middle attack and the message is passing from the client to server the man sitting at ISP or network hackers can look at what message I am sending. Heard that ...
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storing the third party credentials in the database/some secure place

This question is about storing the third party credentials in the database/some secure place so that it can not be accessed by only authorized user. Our system connect to the third party system using ...
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Oracle Internet Directory (OID) hardening

What are best practices, recommendations, required reading for securing/hardening an Oracle internet directory? note: OID is compatible with LDAP version 3.
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Google App Engine Security

I am writing a master thesis concerning security of certain applications, and as a part of it I want to write a web app on Google App Engine and test how secure it is. Does anyone know if there was ...
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Can TLS provide integrity/authentication without confidentiality

It was a bit surprising that Wikipedia has switched to TLS because we all know it's public information available to anyone, but I suppose that the real purpose for that is to provide authentication/...
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The history of thumbnails (or just a previous thumbnail) is embedded in an image file?

I was surprised when I cropped an image on Windows Phone, saved it, sent it via e-mail to a PC, and then downloaded it - and the thumbnail in the download folder was the one of original, not cropped ...
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What personal information is safe to share publicly? [closed]

What personal information is safe to share publicly (online)? I have a CV online with my email address, mobile number, land line number, ID number and year of birth (not date of birth). I live in ...
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How is it possible for threatmetrix to detect VPN? [duplicate]

Threatmetrix is a fraud prevention SaaS aimed at preventing fraud. Their company website states: ThreatMetrix is also uniquely able to uncover hackers and fraudsters trying to cover their true ...
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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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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 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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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 ...
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How to mask SEPA (IBAN and BIC) information correctly?

I'm currently developing a payment system where users can use SEPA-debit to pay for the service. The user has the ability to enter the data once and can then select the same payment method when making ...
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Internet browsing confidentiality [duplicate]

I wonder how easy or difficult it is to find out who I am, using information security's most advanced techniques. And what can I do that will not affect my browsing experience too much, as a lambda ...
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What do browser VPNs actually do?

Firstly, I am not sure if this is the correct forum to be asking this question so I apologise if not. What I would like to know is, what do VPN browser plug-ins (such as zenmate) actually do and how ...
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Are private pastes on pastebin.com vulnerable? Can you trust pastebin?

I use https://pastebin.com/ to organize some lists. When I select "Paste Exposure: Private" , will it be really private and only accessible via login? I read somewhere in the internet that there are ...
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Secure text document's fingerprint

The purpose is the same as with hashing: given set of confidential documents, I want to process them and store something secure like salted hashes/bcrypt. Later, when new document is given, I want to ...