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 it safe to do full disc encryption without ECC DRAM?

Our institution requires disc encryption on laptops, but I'm uneasy about using full disc encryption without SECDED ECC DRAM. Is it safe to use full disc encryption on laptops with unreliable memory? ...
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How do you guarantee that you don't lose a keyfile?

I am toying with the idea of adding keyfiles to various things that I encrypt. However what's been keeping me from adopting them is guaranteeing that I don't lose the keyfile while still keeping ...
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Recognizing PGP-encrypted disks

I am studying various disk encryption schemes (such as PGP, MS Bit Locker, BestCrypt and TrueCrypt) on my Windows OS. I am interested to know how an encrypted partition/disk/file with a particular ...
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Does any PXE/Full disk encryption password concept like this exist?

This question may just show a distinct misunderstanding of things on my part, and I apologize if it is, but I thought I'd put it out here as I don't know where else to ask. I've been thinking about ...
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Is the following environment contained?

I would like to make sure that my working environment is contained (prevent data leaks meaning I don't want temp file or traces from files I have worked on). I am about to create a usb key with the ...
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The Pirate Bay's new Hosting Architecture [closed]

I read this article a moment ago: http://www.geek.com/news/the-pirate-bay-is-now-hosted-anonymously-in-the-cloud-1522725/ But it was very light on details. Is an architecture as described in this ...
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How effective is iPhone 3GS and 4 device-at-rest encryption?

My primary goal is to protect Activesync-based communication from being copied or stolen from an offline device. In that context how effective is iPhone 3GS and 4 encryption?
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Is there a hard-to-spoof identifier associated with a physical hard disk

I would like to salt the pass phrase with the drive id in such a way that, if the disk were imaged to a new drive with a different id, (e.g. by a government forensics specialist) then the image would ...
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Should a full disk encrypted hard drive on a live system be considered encryption at rest?

If you are specifying requirements that a certain classification of data be encrypted while at rest (on storage), should the requirement be considered met if the data is stored on an live (turned on) ...
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In TrueCrypt Hidden / Normal overriding?

If I have a normal TrueCrypt volume, and I want to create a Hidden volume inside of it, how do I stop the 2 from overriding each other? Or do I just have to manually make sure the inner volume does ...
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Erasing a hard-disk, encrypting it as alternative?

I was pondering about this, sometimes people ask me to erase data on their drive. So I use a shredding program, which takes a long time. However what if instead of shredding all the files, I'd just ...
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Pre / post disk encryption wipe?

When dealing with full disk encryption a lot of utilities I've worked with will provide the option to fill the disk with random data to make distinguishing the encrypted contents harder to identify. ...
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Formatting before encrypting [closed]

Is formatting a device before encrypting more secure as opposed to encrypting the device without a formatting?
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What does Amazon's S3 Server-side encryption protect against?

Amazon's S3 storage service offers server-side encryption of objects, automatically managed for the user (Amazon's Documentation). It's easy to enable so I'm thinking "why not?", but what kind of ...
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Encrypted disk at risk if laptop stolen while turned on but locked

If I have a laptop with full disk encryption it's turned on, the screen is locked and it gets stolen. How would an attacker get my data? It's not encrypted at the moment because it's turned on but the ...
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Is it possible to share BitLocker decryption keys between multiple TPMs?

The TPM specification mentions that some keys are migratable, i.e. transferable to another TPM. Does this mean that it would be possible to share (transfer) a BitLocker decryption key between several ...
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Ubuntu LVM Encryption

I recently installed Kubuntu and I noticed the option for having an encrypted LVM. The behavior suggests it's full disk encryption since I need to put in a password before I can boot. This article and ...
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Is it nescecary to wipe and reset the MBR when laptop changes owners even if full disk encryption is used?

Where I'm currently working we use full disk encryption and after a laptop transfer owners we use a secure erasure program. This is quite time consuming and I'm wondering is it necessary? For the disk ...
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Is it possible to encrypt a virtual machine using virtualbox? [closed]

Is it possible to encrypt a virtual machine using virtualbox, and not leave accessible to the users of the machine where it hosted, and not allow any file to be extracted it with some program ? The ...
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SSD (Flash Memory) security when data is encrypted in place

I'm surveying current techniques on flash memory security. I've learned that the non-in-place update of flash memories prevent us from adapting the same encryption techniques that we used on hard ...
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Is there any way to write-protect a USB or hide its contents from deletion without hardware modifications?

Data on external storage devices are not secure, I understand that. Despite hardware modifications they can still be hacked etc. However files can be hidden (steganography) or encrypted. I'm ...
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How to encrypt data on the server?

I have some data on the server (running Linux) which needs to be encrypted (company policy). This data is being served by an application running on this machine. Now I consider a few possibilities: ...
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Full-disk encryption and theft mitigation?

Is it possible to combine the security of full-disk encryption (e.g. Truecrypt) with the honeypot-like performance of anti-theft tools (e.g. Prey)? In other words, is it feasible to have both strong ...
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How secure is FileVault 2 while the computer is in sleep mode?

How secure is Apples disk encryption FileVault 2 when someone has physical or network access while the computer in sleep mode or is running a screen saver? Are there ways to circumvent FileVault 2 ...
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Remote System Administration of an Encryption-Switch-Encrypted Infrastructure

I can't seem to find a decent explanation anywhere of the practicalities of remote system administration (e.g. SSH) of an encryption-switch-encrypted SAN-stored infrastructure. The environment will ...
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Is there a way to encrypt an existing ext4 filesystem with already data on it? [duplicate]

I have a big drive with already data on it, that I would like to encrypt (ext4). Is there a way to encrypt that disk without having to move the data to another drive first? Or maybe, this would be ...
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Accessing hidden partitons

I have two disks. They're both bootable and run Linux. When I physically mount the disks, I can see scsi devices get added. /dev/sdb and /dev/sdc. However the partitions are not detected. I can't see ...
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Is it safe to suspend my computer if I'm using encrypted hard drive?

I'm using disk encryption to protect my data and sensitive information - but only one partition. I used to suspend my computer instead of shutting it down because of very fast resume and very low ...
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Dual Linux System with Whole Disk Encryption

(This is a continuation of my question on Ask Ubuntu.) My goal is I want to have a Xubuntu/Ubuntu dual boot, with a catch - I want the disk to be fully encrypted with the dm-crypt (native supplied) ...
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SSD enrcyption with ATA password - AHCI mode?

I have seen articles advising that in order to make the most of an SSD, it should be connected in AHCI mode. Some SSDs allow the ATA password to encrypt the encryption key so my question is this - ...
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Remedy for not having filled the disk with random data?

Filling a large HDD with /dev/urandom prior to encryption can be extremely slow (even with netcat, multiple instances in parallel, etc) and for this reason I'm sure a lot of users skip this advice ...
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Is this a security risk for us to lost TPM or others to access to reset BIOS ?

In the previous post Physically secure the system case it is recommended to physically protect the system. But in case stolen laptops where intruder have physical access to TPMs. What are the security ...
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SSD Encryption - Difference between models

I understand that most SSDs which support encryption usually encrypt all data, but that only some actually encrypt the encryption key with a user BIOS password. This means that the models which don't ...
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Full Disk Encryption within a VM, how secure is it?

Just a quick query on basically how to secure a VM for a home computer for a number of uses (such as securing work related data in a good enough fashion whilst in its native environment). I'm not ...
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Securing my USB flash drive with Truecrypt and FreeOTFE

I want to know if I encrypt my flash with Truecrypt "Encrypt a non-system partition/drive" option and then mount it and then make a container with FreeOTFE on the Truecrypt encrypted drive and then ...
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Another method to erase hard drives securely? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Use truecrypt to make data unrecoverable The other day I was thinking, and I looked up this question because I was pretty sure a question similar to this had been asked. ...
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Determing and deciphering an encrypted drive (knowing the password)

I have a Western Digital external drive (my passport essential 500GB), which comes with a little software that allows you to encrypt your data (which I did sometime ago). Unfortunately, this software ...
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What does HP DriveLock do to your password?

While looking at various hard drive encryption methods, I discovered that HP's "DriveLock" is not quite the standard ATA security system. While I did get confirmation from HP that it does indeed use ...
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Encrypting a disk that has stuff on it?

Ok, so a pretty big disk ~1-2TB (90% full, multiple partitions + 2 operating systems on it), needs to be encrypted and zeroed-out, and it's a bit too much data for backing it all up before encryption. ...
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Can a Bitlocker To Go user pin be brute forced?

I have a external hard disk and protected a partition on it with Bitlocker To Go. I printed the recovery code but I lost it. I can't remember the user PIN either. If I could only know the first ...
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What are the good use cases for disk encryption?

I've been researching disk/file system encryption, and on the surface it seems like a good idea for a lot of things. But as I dig further, the security it offers seems more mirage like than real. ...
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Have anyone tried to extract the encryption key from a SSD?

After reading this forum thread it does not sound like encrypted SSDs provide much protection at all - specifically encryption only occurs between the controller chipset and the NAND storage. Why is ...
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Does setting a firmware password add security if FileVault 2 is enabled?

On an up-to-date OS X computer with FileVault 2 (whole-disk encryption, minus the recovery partition), is any security gained by setting a firmware password, as well?
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Are there actually any advantages to Android full-disk encryption?

So, since Android 3, devices can perform boot-time, on-the-fly encryption/decryption of the application storage area (NOT the SDcard/removable storage) - essentially full-disk encryption. This ...
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For LUKS: The most preferable and safest cipher?

I'm about to encrypt two of my hard drives using LUKS, since I can't really do it myself I use the guide on the Arch Linux wiki (which can be found here). In an example in the guide the cipher ...
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Is using decrypt_derived more secure than a keyfile?

Say I have two partitions on a Linux system, a root partition (/) and a /home partition. Both of them are encrypted with LUKS. The /home partition needs only to be decrypted if / is unlocked and ...
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Detect changes in /boot when using full disk encryption

When running a fully encrypted linux system using dm-crypt, the /boot partition has to be unencrypted to boot, as far as I know. I've setup a server that can be unlocked remotely by connecting to a ...
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How does disk encryption mounting work with large disk and low RAM?

For example with Truecrypt or bitlocker, when my hard disk contains 500 GB encrypted data and 256 MB Free RAM, how is the data decrypted/disk mounted when I turn on my computer? If the entire disk is ...
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How expensive is it to guess a 15 character password, and should I be worried?

I'm currently using AES encryption (at home) on GNU/Linux (one of LUKS AES-256 variants with xts) and on Windows 7 (Truecrypt) with a 15 characters password (alphanumeric lowercase only plus _). ...
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Reasonable (BruteForce) Attempts/Second Estimate?

I've read various articles on password strength and passwords vs pass phrases (including the one from XKCD and its thread here), but most of those articles seem to be focused on online passwords, and ...