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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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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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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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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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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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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Multi-boot with full hard drive encryption and pre-boot authentication

How would I set up a multiboot system which supports full hard drive encryption and pre-boot authentication. I have a system with Ubuntu, Windows 7, Windows XP, and I would like to install Red Hat. ...
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Are passwords in memory?

I have an encrypted HDD (dm_crypt). That's why I store my passwords in a simple text file. I usually copy/paste the passwords from it. Ok! Q: If I open this text file then it goes into the memory. So ...
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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 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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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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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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How secure is NTFS encryption?

How secure is the data in a encrypted NTFS folder on Windows (XP, 7)? (The encryption option under file|folder -> properties -> advanced -> encrypt.) If the user uses a decent password, can 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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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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Free/Libre software to handle TCG OPAL 2.0-compliant Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs)?

I'm in search of a free/libre software that is able to handle OPAL (2.0)-compliant SEDs (i.e. manage the setting of Pre-Boot Authentification (PBA) environment, encryption keys...). It could be a ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a way to put a self destroy password on Ubuntu disk encryption?

Is there a way to put a self destroy password on ubuntu disk ecncryption ? Or self destroy after n bad password attempt ? When someone ask you to entre the password, you can enter the "self destruct" ...
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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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How to protect data on a thumb drive

So I had a scare this past week (couldn't find my thumb drive) and figured I'd better put in some protection on my thumb drive. What is the best way to encrypt the data on the thumb drive? I am a ...
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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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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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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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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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Do Flash memory (SSD) architecture impacts encryption techniques?

I'm working on encryption techniques on SSD's and my question is: does the erase before write architecture of SSD's has anything to do with the encryption technique? What are the problems I might ...
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Is it possible to infer that a hidden truecrypt partition is likely to be present

Truecrypt contains a feature that let's you create a hidden volume. It's said that it can't be proven if a hidden volume exists. However, is it possible to infer from the state of the data on the ...
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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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Full disk encryption and multi-factor authentication

All serious full disk encryption schemes I have looked into use a static password for authentication. For example, TrueCrypt supports two-factor authentication with keyfiles, but not for system ...
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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 ...
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Using TPM for full disc encryption?

E.g.: Can I make a better full disc encryption with e.g.: LUKS using the TPM? How?
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Is BitLocker on a virtual machine still FIPS 140-2 compliant?

BitLocker can be used as a cryptographic module to fulfill FIPS 140-2 security level 1 compliance. In a common setup, USB thumb drives can be used to unlock drives encrypted by BitLocker on startup. ...
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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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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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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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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 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 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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Securing data on laptop's hdd

I was wondering which is the best way to secure/encrypt data in the hard disk on a laptop that runs Ubuntu Oneiric? Setting LVM encryption? I am mostly concerned about having my laptop lost or what ...
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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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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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Device versus file based encryption in TrueCrypt for a flash drive?

Are there security tradeoffs to be considered in deciding between encrypting an entire flashdrive with TrueCrypt versus storing a file encrypted container? The security goal is to be immune to the ...
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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 ...