Disk encryption is a special case of data at rest protection when the storage media is a sector-addressable device (e.g., a hard disk).

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Is my data secure in locked screen if I use bitlocker

My SSD is currently encrypted by bitlocker right now. So let say if I leave my laptop on locked state (Win+L). Is it possible for someone to get access to my data? Few thing I noted are: If someone ...
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What's the value of data partition encryption for database files on a postgres database server?

We're in the process of rolling out a postgres based web app, and I'm trying to understand the value of encrypting the entire database. In postgres's case, the only way to do this is store the ...
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Laptop tampering and boot loader

I try to find out how far I can secure my laptop from physical access and tampering attempts. Setup: ThinkPad with Linux installation What I have done so far: disk encryption using cryptsetup for ...
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Why my files that Encrypted with EFS in Windows 8.1 shown in Linux ubuntu?

i Encrypted my files with EFS in windows 8.1 so i logged in ubuntu and without any warning , its shown my files actually not Exactly the file but shown the path of file and the name and i can ...
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can we use bitlocker on external hdd of 1TB [migrated]

I thought of using Bitlocker on my new Western Digital(My Passport) external HDD. It is powered through USB and no separate power source. I searched in the internet related to this and saw few posts ...
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How to tell if my laptop is protected by FDE? [migrated]

My new laptop has multiple hard drives, but my system drive is a Samsung 840 EVO (an SSD). According to Samsung's website, the drive supports hardware-based full-disk encryption (which, although it's ...
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BitLocker Drive Encryption NOT secure from drive mapping on network

I have a USB drive encrypted with BitLocker Drive Encryption. Each time I insert the drive in my USB port it works as expected, requires me to enter the password. Maybe I have the BitLocker Drive ...
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How does Android L achieve strong encryption with a low entropy passphrase?

After upgrading to Android L on my Nexus 5, I was pleased to find that I can enable encryption using a pattern as the passphrase. However, it soon got me thinking. I'm guessing the encryption key is ...
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VeraCrypt/TruCrypt - I can't understand why you'd want to create a “hidden” volume…?

I can't think of a reason as to why you'd want to create a hidden volume in VeraCrypt. It says because "you may be asked to hand the information," but why would I need to hand it over? Nobody has any ...
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Ease of Getting Data On Self-Encrypting Drive From Screen-Locked Windows 7/8 Computer

Hypothetical: a Windows 7 or 8 computer has a self-encrypting hard drive. It is stolen with the power on, but with the Windows lockscreen on. Are there easy off-the-shelf ways to access the data on ...
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How can the Equation Group HDD firmware malware help bypass FDE?

There is currently a lot of discussion going on across the Internet about the "Equation Group" family of malicious hard disk drive firmware. One thing that has me wondering is the claim that ...
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LUKS, how to make strongest possible and reasonable passphrase?

Let us say I have a volume encrypted under LUKS with a 512-bit key. That would mean there are 2 ^ 512 possible values which the key may be. Now I need a passphrase which is at least as resistant to ...
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Mitigating the LUKS decryption key residing in RAM for FDE

I've come to find Full Disk Encryption to be a rather unsafe method of securing data as standardized tools are becoming available to just read out the encryption key from RAM, where the system needs ...
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On my MacBook, is my user password now the Achilles heel of disk encryption?

From a cold boot, the only password needed to unlock the primary encrypted volume on my MacBook's SSD is just that of my main admin user. This was not always the case; it used to be that I could ...
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How to protect against adversaries snatching booted laptops to defeat full disk encryption?

I read an article describing how FBI agents snatched Ross Ulbricht's laptop while it was running to defeat full-disk encryption: Two plainclothes FBI agents, one male and one female, walked up ...
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Initialization of a LUKS encrypted partition with cipher or /dev/urandom

I've created a few encrypted devices with LUKS and cryptsetup on Linux and am pretty comfortable with disk encryption in this regard. I've seen it mentioned in many different places that when setting ...
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Is Truecrypt still safe? [duplicate]

I want to fully encrypt a disk on Windows 7, but I don't trust Bitlocker and Truecrypt has announced it is not safe (also many rumours about NSA being able to decrypt it and it's better to avoid it). ...
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Read encrypted hard-drive after extraction from running computer

If someone unplugs the hard-drive of my laptop while it's running, what contents would they be able to extract from it? I understand that on login, the image of my hard-drive is mounted, but I'm ...
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LUKS nuke efficiency

I am wondering about LUKS nuke patch efficiency. In fact, I think I don't really understand it. From what I know of LUKS, a passphrase is used to encrypt a random key (the master key), which is used ...
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Where to store passwords of encrypted backup drives

I have all my backup hard drives encrypted with LUKS. Currently, the passphrase is some 25+ random password that I store in my password manager KeePassX. Since I have the backup drives for the case ...
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Hardware encryption for Flash Drives

Could someone tell me the difference between Hardware encryption and Software encryption? (With regards to flash drives, if it makes any difference). From what I understand, software encryption is ...
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How does this implementation of full disk encryption work?

I have a laptop that has Sophos Safeguard full disk encryption on it. I booted the machine into another operating system on a USB stick and attempted to read the disk from the other OS, and I verified ...
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How do I start securing a virtual appliance to avoid manipulation? [closed]

We have created an amateur software product related with monitoring and management of specific services. It has been made in Python and runs a web service as frontend to show the data in a nice way ...
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TrueCrypt VS LUKS Bruteforce Resilience

I have been researching LUKS vs TrueCrypt topics -- my only concern is security, but most of the discussions I see focus around usability / interoperability . I know TrueCrypt has a bunch of nice ...
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Moving /boot to USB and Preventing booting from other USB devices (Allow boot from only one USB)

I'm going to move my /boot/ folder to a USB to as a security measure to protect against Full Disk Encryption exploits. My question is, is it possible to only allow boot from USB from a single USB ...
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Mcafee endpoint encryption doesn't see previously encrypted partition after Windows 7 reinstallation

My partitions C and D were encrypted and Windows 7 was installed on C. I copied all important files to D and then changed harddrive controller from IDE to AHCI, removed C and created it again and then ...
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Is there an AES 256 LUKS encryption option in Fedora? [closed]

I have certain information on my drive that I don't want anyone (not even me ;) ) to gain access to. I read recently that Fedora only offers EAS 256 LUKS encryption. This just isn't secure enough ...
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Hardware-based full disk encryption without pre-boot authentication [closed]

I am looking for a possibility to sanitize large amounts of data on regular hard-drives and SSDs. Instead of overwriting the data several times (on regular hard-drives, which could take days and ...
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Encrypting tails USB boot disk (preeboot password on live)

To use tails, I have always used a DVD, because of the fact I know it will not be tampered with, at least within reason. However there are endless reasons why a USB boot option would be faster, and in ...
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Is there a reason to use TrueCrypt over VeraCrypt?

I am looking to encrypt a few drives of mine, and my ONLY interest is security. It is OK if my VeraCrypt volumes are not compatible with TrueCrypt, and vice versa. There is a lot of talk about ...
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Why use a Smartcard for (Two Factor) Auth instead of another medium?

I recently installed Bitlocker on my Windows 8.1 machine, using only a password. I was thinking of getting something other than just a password for my storage drive, something physical, like a USB, SD ...
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Trust level of whole disk encryption software

For example, if we take this software into account: Symantec Endpoint Encryption Sophos Safeguard Encryption How can we trust suppliers of whole disk encryption software in the lights of the ...
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Old floppy disk protection

can somebody explain in detail how old floppy disks copy protection works? Someone told me that it was based on an error on a trace of the floppy that was read only during the copy (and never when the ...
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Is automatic login with full disk encryption a risk?

I use full disk encryption on Linux and wonder whether there is any security risk ob having automatic login on the Linux itself. In case somebody breaks the encryption of the drive, they can read all ...
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How do I encrypt external drive with Password which is compatible with both Linux and Windows? [closed]

I wanted to encrypt my external drive with password, which is compatible in both Linux and Windows. Truecrypt is an option. But the development of it is stopped few months back. I came across ...
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Encryption while logged in

If I'm using full disk encryption on my home computer, and it's online, are the hard drive contents encrypted when I'm logged in and using the machine (from the perspective of an online attacker - no ...
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Hardware encrypted external HDDs

I'm planning to buy an external HDD with hardware encryption, namingly the WD My Passport Ultra 2TB. On the WD website the information about the encryption is sadly scarce so I'm asking here. How ...
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Why is VeraCrypt more secure than TrueCrypt?

TrueCrypt retired with a mysterious "Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues" (source) Yesterday Slashdot reported VeraCrypt as a better replacement (source) since it ...
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Debian encryption is as safe as Truecrypt. Is this correct?

When I try to install latest debian to my pc, the wizard ask me to input a password to do FDE(full disk encryption). My questions are: What algorithm does Debian use? (Truecrypt = AES) Can I change ...
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Linux, TRESOR and XTS

I want to switch from using LUKS for full disk encryption to TRESOR. TRESOR tries to prevent cold boot attacks by storing the encryption key in the CPU's registers. It uses the kernel's crypto API for ...
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Secure Boot on Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (or modern PCs)?

Got a Surface Pro 3 today (it's awesome BTW!) and noticed in it's EFI that it's got TPM enabled, "Secure Boot" enabled (unsure what such an umbrella/catch all term actually covers) And then in ...
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Full disk encryption on CentOS 6x - FIPS 140-2 compliant?

I'm using CentOS 6.5 on an existing server and am researching encryption options for compliance. SEDs are out since the controller in this older machine will not support them. That leaves full ...
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Security implications when setting the discard option in /etc/crypttab

Setting the discard option in /etc/crypttab has security implications. From the man page: Allow discard requests to be passed through the encrypted block device. This improves performance on SSD ...
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Samsung SSD 840 Evo Disk-Encryption

My question relates to the hardware encryption of samsungs 840 Evo SSD (maybe also other models): The theory: Samsung specifies that their SSD encrypts each data with AES by default. So if I choose a ...
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How to decide whether to password protect key files in addition to full disk encryption

It is customary to protect certain critical files with a password. For example: PGP keys, VPN keys, password managers, etc. The practice dates back to before full disk encryption being common. These ...
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XTS vs AES-CBC with ESSIV for file-based filesystem encryption

In a blog post I recently read called "You Don't Want XTS," the author explains some of the pitfalls of using XTS to encrypt filesystems. Specifically, he recommends against ever sharing encrypted ...
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Store a file on a harddisk without root having access to it

Is there a way to store a file on a disk as a user so that even the root user has no access to it? I tried EncFS but that is no solution because the root user can switch to every user, so he/she can ...
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What happens after setting up HDD password?

I am wondering what happens when I set HDD password in my laptop (Samsung with ssd). I mean a given case. I have been having working system without any password. Then one day I decide to set up HDD ...
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Securely wipe external drive with Windows only [duplicate]

Consider following 2 disk wipe procedures, using only vanilla Windows installation: First do a quick-format to make the disk appear empty, then do one of these: Just do full format of the disk. ...
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Are there any reasonable TrueCrypt forks?

Unfortunately, TrueCrypt may have been discontinued yesterday. I use LUKS on Linux, but I liked the fact that with TrueCrypt I had a portable solution across Windows, Mac, & Linux. TrueCrypt ...