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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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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Locking Linux system to work on certain hardware only

Is there a way of locking a Linux system to work with a specific (pre-defined) hardware only? I am developing a commercial product and want to make it a bit harder for someone to clone the whole ...
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How to wipe disks before encryption with dm-crypt if CBC or XTS is used internally?

First, please forgive me if I'm posting this question to the wrong community. Feel free to migrate this post to the right community if I was wrong. I'm quite new to whole disk encryption (but not ...
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When do shared disks “leak” data to other VMs, and how is that mitigated?

Inspired by this answer, I would like to know what are some common threats and mitigation techniques used to prevent one VM from leaking data to another via the shared storage infrastructure. ...
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Are encryption keys wiped from RAM before hibernate, or how to do it (Luks and Truecrypt)

Using Linux, I have system and swap/hibernation partitions encrypted with LUKS, and data partitions encrypted with Truecrypt, and I am wondering when I put my laptop to hibernation if the encryption ...
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When using FDE, is there any OS/software allowing to get back from hibernation without requiring the disk encryption key?

This question is a spin-off the following one: Are encryption keys wiped from RAM before hibernate, or how to do it (Luks and Truecrypt). In this question, an answer quoted the following message (the ...
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Can the FBI or government agencies decrypt my hardrive and/or force me to give them the password?

I have seen other TrueCrypt questions as well "Windows encryption with BitLocker" and "Mac OSX encryption with FileVault". Does the FBI/NSA or other government agencies have access to my data or can ...
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How to share an encrypted storage on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux in a secure way [migrated]

I got a 2 TB drive that I have to use with both Windows 8.1 / Windows 10 and Yosemite to OS X / OS X El Capitan and maybe even on Linux. I need to encrypt the volume. Or rather, I want to create two ...
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Is stacking encryption a good idea for a file system?

Somewhat related to a previous question, is stacking encryption under and via file systems a good idea? For example, dm-crypt for the device, and then eCryptfs or veracrypt for the file system. If ...
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UEFI and security implications for encryption

After my old PC kicked the bucket I now own my first UEFI board and I am already having trust issues. I utilized Truecrypt's system encryption for years now and really got used to it. My new board has ...
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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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Can data be forensically retrieved off an encrypted hard drive?

If a hard drive is encrypted, is it still possible to retrieve data off of it? What about if the password to decrypt it is known? If this is the case, given that OSX now encrypts your drive by ...
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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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Is full disk encryption on a server in a secure data center pointless?

I am having a debate with several people regarding how much protection full disk encryption provides. dm-crypt is being used to encrypt data which is required by my company to be encrypted at rest. ...
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Linux Plausibly Deniable File System

Is there any way to encrypt a linux filesystem in such a way to maintain plausible deniability? E.g. "Hidden OS support," the way Truecrypt and Veracrypt work, they only support Windows OS due to low ...
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How to reset (as it resets when pushed button on computer case) or immediately turn off PC (as if unplugged from power grid) from Windows?

I want to immediately reset (as it resets when I push reset button on computer case) or immediately turn off PC (as if unplugged from power grid) but with some method inside Windows. Maybe I can kill ...
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What are the advantages in using LUKS + hardware encryption on SSD?

I can't see what the advantages might be, but I think this would slow data transfer down while providing no extra protection. Am I right or am I overlooking something?
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A Solution for Block/File Encryption that is Corruption Resilient? [closed]

Question: What encryption features/(configuration options) are implemented that mitigate issues with device/block corruption? For example, if the external hard-drive gets dropped, the damaged ...
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What options exist for authenticated full-disk encryption?

Title says it all really. I'm toying with the idea of storing some disk images in "the cloud", but am concerned about the possibility of an attacker manipulating cipertext to do evil things once it's ...
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Is AES 256 secure enough for putting Backups to AWS or Dropbox?

How long would it take with current hardware to hack an Disk Image which was encrypted with AES 256? I ask because i want to backup personal files (contracts, tax-things, code, keys, private ...
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Windows Phone 8.1 Forensic Artifacts

I cannot find any potential tool or technique to do windows phone 8.1 forensics after lot of searching. I tried to make the image (.dd) of windows phone 8.1 with Linux commands but it fails, ...
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Android disk encryption

When is the data on an Android phone encrypted? I am assuming here that the device is configured to have full disk encryption enabled. Is it only encrypted when the device is powered off and ...
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Is storing encrypted data in a database futile?

The way I see it: there are two ways to encrypt data for a web app. 1) Store a single encryption key on the server, and use it to encrypt / decrypt data at runtime. The obvious issue here is that if ...
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Is FileVault 2 HIPAA compliant?

It looks to me like FileVault 2 uses AES 256 bit encryption for the desk. Does that mean that it meets the HIPAA "data at rest" standard? Is there something else I need to check about it?
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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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Attacks on encrypted computer?

I think we all know the fact that boot-harddrives can be encrypted. Windows usually uses Bitlocker (relying on AES-CBC) and Linux / Unix usually uses dm-crypt (relying on AES-CBC) and the rest of the ...
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Android wear, Tizen Encryption [closed]

Does Android Wear or Tizen for wearables offer hardware encryption? I have the Samsung Galaxy Gear S and I don't see an option, but was curious if it does it without any user intervention. I don't ...
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Storing encrypted information in database vs partition encryption

Trying to search for answers like Database encryption or filesystem encryption? but did not found what I need. My database contains confidential information. What is better? To store encrypted ...
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Securing Data at Rest in Android

Here's a situation. I am the author of an app that allows my customers to stream videos on their local android device. I also allow them to download the video and store it locally on their android ...
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Can BTRFS provide authentication on an encrypted disk?

One of the problems of disk encryption is providing authentication. An attacker with access to the ciphertext can modify the ciphertext at will without consequence. Given, this isn't a likely attack, ...
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How to handle disk encryption for remote connection?

I have at my workstation, an ubuntu 14.04 installation with full disk encryption. I now have to travel frequently for days and am planning to ssh into this machine from my chromebook to work remotely. ...
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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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What FDE (with hardware encrypted drives) for OS X works?

I'm trying to get all of our laptops doing FDE (as I'm sure lots of you are), and I've run into a problematic spot. Our Windows and Linux laptops are Dells, and they have some good BIOS integration ...
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Server full disk encryption protection from malware

A group of LINUX servers is using dm-crypt to encrypt data. The servers do not store data long-term but are only temporary stopping points for data before it is sent to other systems. The time the ...
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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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What is susceptible to Kon Boot hack tool?

I just learned about Kon Boot (from this YouTube video) and am wondering, how is such a hack tool guarded against? In the video the presenter claimed he had full disk encryption but was still able to ...
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Prevention measures against laptop seizure at US borders

Since laptop and other electronic device seizures at US borders became legal without a warrant (including making copies of data), 7% of ACTE's business travelers reported being subject to a seizure as ...
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Completely encrypting virtual machine (for free) [closed]

I know in VMware workstation there's the option to encrypt a virtual machine. Is there a free way to do this without VMware workstation? I'm aiming for the fullest encryption and encapsulation ...
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Is there a full disk encyption software that shows different content depending on what password has beeen used? [closed]

I'm searching for a 256-bit full disk encryption software that allows me to access different content on the same disk with different passwords. Like: Password A opens partition 1, password B opens ...
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Finding Audit Reports and Results for Whole Disk Encryption Solutions

Due to TrueCrypt being pulled from the web even though it's been audited, I was asked to compare the audit of TrueCrypt against audits and information available for other products that do whole disk ...
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Can I add a new user to an unencrypted Windows installation from a Windows installation disk?

I recall hearing this before, the ability to boot up a Windows PC with an unencrypted hard drive using an installation disk/usb, and use the command line utility on the Windows installation disk to ...
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Are there any problems associated with using the same encryption key for multiple systems?

I have multiple computers, tablets, etc. If I have a very secure key, is there any problem with using it to encrypt all of my systems? I can remember 1 or 2 secure keys without writing them down. But ...
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Disk level encryption + compression performance?

What are pros and cons for using disk level encryption like VeraCrypt and then turning on compression on mounted (virtually decrypted) drive? It seams to me that this can even increase some ...
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Hashing algorithm for cryptsetup

I will encrypt my SSD using cryptsetup and I would like to know which hashing algprithm to use. First of all, cryptsetup benchmark: PBKDF2-sha256 262144 iterations per second PBKDF2-sha512 ...
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Full Disk Encryption, Single User System: User/Root Passwords required?

Are there any security issues of having no (or weak) passwords for user and root account on a single user system with full disk encryption (except boot partition)? Assuming no SSH server is running, ...
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Trusted Platform Module, daughterboard vs onboard TPM?

In many cases where a Trusted Platform Module (TPM chip) is employed, it is soldered directly onto the motherboard. Ostensibly the motherboard manufacturer is then solely responsible for integrating ...
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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 ...