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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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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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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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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How secure is Ubuntu's default full-disk encryption?

How secure is the encryption offered by ubuntu (using the disk utility)? What algorithm is used underneath it? If someone could at least provide a link to some documentation or article regarding that ...
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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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How does Android filesystem encryption work?

I'm interested in encrypting my Android devices for security in the (hopefully will-never-happen) event of the phone being recovered by an unknown/unauthorized person. How does Android filesystem ...
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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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Using a TPM with Linux

I have the need for a company laptop (Dell e6540) that contains our java application on it to go out for evaluation purposes. For this reason I would like to make sure that the HDD is protected from ...
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Possible implementations of networked+encrypted filesystem

Is it possible to implement scheme where remote server just share its filesystem (or resizable container file in it) and it's locally encrypted and mounted? And what is best practical method? (On ...
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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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Can full disk encryption make malware recovery more difficult?

Let us say that we have a computer with a fully encrypted disk. If it gets infected with malware, does this make it more difficult to use a LiveCD or other rescue option to clean it or restore it? It ...
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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 ...
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TrueCrypt -vs- MacOS encrypted sparse image - equally secure? Other alternatives?

I'm currently trying to find my personal best solution for storing passwords and other sensible data. Recently I've used 1Password on iPhone and Mac but I'm not really satisfied with its predefined ...
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Encrypted LVM as an alternative to TrueCrypt

In a weird announcement on the TrueCrypt page it says that the software is unsafe so we should migrate to BitLocker. If it is a prank it's sure not funny especially when it comes to data. Since I ...
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Are there other ways to encrypt files other then TrueCrypt and BitLocker [closed]

I don't trust BitLocker. Probably backdoored and relies on TPM which can be hacked according to DEFON. It also does not allow for hidden partitions or other advantages like TrueCrypt. With TrueCrypt ...
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Physical computer security, how to disable USB ports when the computer is 'locked'?

Lets say my PC & server is in an environment where a theoretical attacker has physical access to the machine while I'm not there. Now the data is encrypted on the hard drive with TrueCrypt. ...
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Is Dual Factor possible during boot with whole disk encryption on Mac FileVault 2

Mac FileVault 2 is the default disk encryption for newer Macs that occurs in the EFI pre-boot phase. The challenge here is that most smartcard drivers are loaded after the OS loads. Is anyone aware ...
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I need two separate hidden volumes in disk encryption. What are my options? [closed]

C: for system (Windows) D: for my files Makes much more sense to me than packing everything on the same volume, right? Is there a disk encryption utility capable of doing this? I don't know much ...
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Secure distributed storing and querying of [medical] data?

Comparing ways of distributing and securely storing and querying structured and schemaless data. Currently I am using MongoDB, but am looking into (Postgres|MySQL)&CryptDB, Cassandra and others. ...
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Ubuntu LVM LUKS Encryption

I've been reading about Ubuntu LVM Encryption, and I understand that it supports the use of Linux Unified Key Setup (LUKS) during installation, which is a block level encryption that encrypts the ...
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Decrypting FDE in Disaster Recovery

I saw a hot network question on SE, about Workplace Ethics - Do I give my password at work to my old boss after quitting?. My initial response (as are the answers in that question) is always NO. The ...
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What is the security benefit of Per-File Encryption key architecture?

Are there any security benefits to having a different key(it is encrypted by a master key and that encrypted key is included in the metadata for the file) used to encrypt each file versus just one key ...
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Field-level encryption vs disk encryption for PCI compliance

We are in the process of setting up a PCI compliant server (with Firehost's help). We are using MongoDB as our primary database. I am having some concerns about the encryption, though. Are there any ...
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TrueCrypt vs “native” whole-disk encryption on Linux?

When preparing to encrypt an entire partition, is it better to rely on "native" whole-disk encryption (eg following this tutorial), or an external tool like TrueCrypt? The wikipedia article comparing ...
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How to encrypt entire HDD without any password prompts?

Before you dismiss this as silly, let me explain :) The only purpose of this encryption is to make the data inaccessible if the drive breaks down and I want to send it off for warranty replacement. ...
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Is it possible to boot an encrypted server remotely and securely?

Imagine you have a server that is at a location which is not trustworthy. People might have physical access to the machine who are not supposed to look at the data stored on it. In this scenario I ...
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What does hardware full disk encryption imply?

I read the wikipedia article and few others, however I still don't have some things clear. The main question would be what does hardware full disk encryption imply for the user, however I have more ...
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Self-encrypting drives, certification for tamper-protection?

Consider a drive with Opal 2.0 support that works with Microsoft Bitlocker's "eDrive" feature. In this case, supposedly, the encryption key never leaves the disk (which might increase security, ...
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How to use ESSIV to avoid seeing repeated patterns?

I'm trying to implement an encrypted file-system. The file-system consists of 512-byte sectors. I encrypt/decrypt the contents of a sector as follows: Compute the SHA256 sum of the user password. ...
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Hardware Dependent Encryption [closed]

I am looking for a Linux based encryption system (like Truecrypt) that has the ability to do the following: Encrypt a partition or external drive that it can only be read from the same computer ...
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Encrypt Virtual Machine in the cloud

I am no expert when it comes to security in virtualized environments. However a problem I always saw is: What happens if the host OS gets hacked and an attacker gains administrative privileges? How ...
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Is there any asymmetrically encrypted file system?

Is there a file system providing a directory where everybody can write, but only the directory owner can read the files? In theory it could be done by encrypting using the public key while writing, ...
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Is it possible to prevent a physical attack on full disk encryption?

I've been researching into some methods to ensure that disk encryption keys can't be stolen, and one that I've come across is called TRESOR. With this kernel patch, you can create a partition that is ...
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Decrypting a Truecrypt system - how to make deleted files unrecoverable? [duplicate]

If I have full disk encryption on my computer and want to decrypt it, but want to delete senstive documents before decrypting, how do I ensure they are unrecoverable post-decryption? Edit: I suspect ...
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What is the strength of the key derivation function on Android device encryption?

What is is strength of the key derivation? Specifically, how many milliseconds or microseconds would it take a desktop computer to check a guessed password to see if it is a match? I am aware this ...
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What is a self-contained cross-platform encryption for USB drive? [closed]

I'm trying to find self-contained encryption solution for USB drives while at the same time being platform independent. For example, Windows' BitLocker only works on Windows and not on OS X or Linux. ...
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“holding open” encrypted home with local ssh

I have a couple of machines that I use for purely automated stuff, with home directories encrypted using ecryptfs. So even if the machine is powered on, those directories aren't decrypted unless that ...
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What are the pros and cons of using yubikey with ssd hardware encryption?

I'm considering trying out yubikey and I've recently discovered that the (crucial m500) SSD I recently bought supports hardware encryption. I think it should be possible to use a yubikey to provide ...
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physical access proof smart card for disk encryption [closed]

Current full disk encryption on mobile devices rely on low entropy passwords like PIN numbers or pattern locks. Being able to use a smartcard with such mobile devices is a tempting idea. I know that ...
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Is it possible for me to extract my own AES disk encryption key?

I use Check Point Full Disk Encryption, but hope that this question can be answered generally. Is it possible for me to get, or extract, my own 256-bit AES key? By the way, I don't use any special ...
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loop-aes or dm-crypt for linux hard encryption?

loop-aes and dm-crypt are both used by partman-crypto for linux hard encryption, but dm-crypt needs no patch to kernel and is more supported. dm-crypt keeps it's key on first hard block, is it a ...