Encryption is the process of transforming plaintext using a cipher to make it unreadable to anyone except those possessing the key.

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Protection of Private Keys

I've used mail encryption products like Mailvelope in the past, where you have to create a key pair to encrypt/decrypt data. I understand you have to hand out the public key to others that want to ...
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How to decode/decrypt strings of text [closed]

So I'm trying to decrypt/decode some text strings. I don't believe they're hashes because they vary in length too much and the software they are used for is able to easily decode them and display them ...
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How can I hide proprietary elements of test data in tests that are automatically run?

I am writing automated tests for a web application that will be run periodically over night, and I am running into a moderate security issue. In order to make the tests thorough, I am hoping to ...
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Mapping of plaintext and ciphertext in DES

The plain text and the cipher text have a one to one mapping. Given a pair of those, can there be multiple keys used to generate the same pair? Or can a particular plain text - cipher text mapping be ...
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where to store a key for encryption

I am looking for a way to store a key used for password encryption. I am using a mysql db which would store a user name and an encrypted password that would be encrypted using ...
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Chat encryption system avoiding protocol sniffing and then key+decryption replay?

I'm working on a chat system and I want to add it some kind of security (not just HTTPS with SSL since I've read it can be sniffed and decrypted with a few tools). Now, my knowledge in cryptography is ...
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Securing user postal address in a database?

I've been assigned a web project that deals with shipping goods between two parties. I am unsure what a secure database scheme (if any) would be for storing the recipient's postal address and whether ...
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Is e-mail sent from a Gmail address to another Gmail address encrypted?

Gmail provides an SSL connection and also encrypts the entire session by default. But if you send a mail, once it leaves gmails servers, it can be read at any point on the internet. But what about ...
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How resistant is the iPhone encryption against brute-force attacks?

I just read the following paragraph in an article from the New York Times about Apple encrypting iPhones by default): Breaking the code, according to an Apple technical guide, could take “more ...
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Klein and PTW wep attack

I'm working on an implementation of Klein's wep attack. For that, I've set up a router with wep encryption and collected 50,000 unique IVs from it. I tried only calculating K[0], meaning - the first ...
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How do public/private keys work?

I have read "How does SSL/TLS work?" and "Public-key cryptography", and I know basically what happens when using a Public-key to encrypt/decrypt something. To sum up what I've read, A Public-key ...
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Is is necessary to encrypt the message digest?

In symmetric key settings, in order to provide the message integrity, we compute the hash of the message. The message along with the message digest is then encrypted. Is it necessary to encrypt the ...
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How do I prevent copying of my PDF files?

One time while I was printing my documents at a copy center, I saw they dragged-and-dropped my PDFs from my flash drive to their desktop. How do I protect my files without using password? Is there a ...
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Does a self-signed certificate offer more protection than a public key?

I'm having a hard time finding the practical benefits of transmitting a self-signed certificate over simply a public key. I understand that a self-signed certificate proves the integrity of the public ...
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Secure self-concealing symmetric encryption (non-verifiable decryption)?

From what I observed using standard encryption tools such as OpenSSH and GPG, the decryption only succeeds when the correct password/key is provided (or at most a few others, in case of collision). ...
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What does 2^77.1 calls presented in a SHA1 attack mean?

Regarding the SHA 1 deprecation, I found this information here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/srd/archive/2013/11/12/security-advisory-2880823-recommendation-to-discontinue-use-of-sha-1.aspx I know ...
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Location to store an encryption key

I'm building a secure system which stores messages on a server in a Postgresql database. The messages are stored encrypted with PHP's openssl_encrypt() function with the AES-256-CBC method. At the ...
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What needs to be encrypted for FIPS 140-2 compliance?

We're developing a Client/Server C# .NET application that needs to be FIPS compliant.Im reading a lot about FIPS online, but am having a bit of difficulty determining the difference between the ...
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Is a Diffie Hellman Ephemeral key good material for being used as a symmetric cipher algorithm key?

I am designing a secure protocol (for academic/learning purposes) and I am at the point where I need to (re)design the key exchange step. In my previous implementation, I used to rely on RSA to ...
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Does Android encryption really prevent law enforcement access?

Google recently announced that in Android L encryption would be turned on by default: For over three years Android has offered encryption, and keys are not stored off of the device, so they ...
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AES Key Management / How To Swap Encryption Key

I'm currently using AES 256 for the encryption of my web application and the security policy context specifies that the encryption key must be replaced once every few months. When that happens what ...
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Does adding multiple recipients to an encrypted message decrease security?

Let's say you want to send the same GPG/OpenPGP encrypted message to 50+ recipients. Assuming everyone you send to is trusted, and there is no risk of any recipient leaking their secret key, is ...
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Mysql - two-way encryption of sensitive data (email addresses) outside of Apache, PHP and MySQL

We store user email addresses in our database, like many other websites. While we do take pride in the security measures in place, sometimes "just enough" is just not enough. We've begun looking into ...
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L2tp protocol security

do l2tp protocol is secure enough to use in unsafe home network ? protection from man in the middle ? i having a problems install openvpn in linux you think following that guide will offer me ...
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Why is security through obscurity not a good option for encryption? [duplicate]

I feel like there must be a simple explanation, but I've been looking around haven't found any wholesome answers. Take for example my name is Alice and my best friend Bob and we want to communicate ...
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Does encrypting a setting in web.config actually provide security?

Does encrypting a value in the web.config file actually provide any real protection? It seems to me that any web app can read that setting. Yes that's more work than just reading the web.config file, ...
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Decrypting TLS in Wireshark when using DHE_RSA ciphersuites

How can I decrypt TLS messages when an ephemeral Diffie-Hellman ciphersuite is used? I am able to expose the premaster secret and master secret from the SSL Client. Using that, how to decrypt the ...
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How can I safely include the encryption key in the encrypted file?

I am encrypting text files using AES256 (no particular reason, that can easily be changed). Before granting access to a file, I need to verify if a party knows the correct key, but without necessarily ...
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Encrypt pdf by the server to prevent printing and copying

We are building a portal where users can upload few materials. we have been successful in using the command lines of linux to convert doc,ppts to pdf directly through the server but we are not able to ...
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Java AES encryption output length

I am trying to encrypt few database columns (string values) using Java AES algorithm. This is to protect certain sensitive data. For some users these data should decrypted. In Java AES encryption, if ...
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Some http requests are not send encrypted by vpn! Why?

I subscribed to a VPN service recently, and installed wireshark to take a look at the traffic sent from my computer. Practically all of it goes through UDP protocol, encrypted. But there are two HTTP ...
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Can we hide a constant hashed key used for AES encryption of a password?

Are there any methods in java to hide a constant hashed key which is embedded in a class? FYI, the key is used to AES encrypt a password used to authenticate a Web Service which would only take a ...
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Can Skype chat be protected from snooping? Are there safe alternatives?

I use Skype a lot. With all of my clients, staff, contractors and friends, however, the acquisition by Microsoft worries me, as two of my clients are direct MS competitors, and I often work on long ...
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What voip client support manual encryption?

In pidgin there is a plugin that we can use to encrypt our messages in chat windows .. Is there anything simular for voip (pc to pc) ? any client that support manual encryption for voice data?(linux)
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Efficacy of self-made ransomware protection

I was recently wondering about how to circumvent malware such as the infamous Cryptolocker a while back and was wondering about the efficacy of having a set of files with known content in a known ...
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Any advice on how to assure patients that a medical facility is well protected against identity theft?

My apologies if this question has been asked before. How does a medical practice assure patients that the practice follows excellent computer security practices? Conversely, how does a patient find ...
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Trying to understand why signatures in root certs “are not used”?

Taken from here: Don't worry if the root certificate uses SHA1; signatures on roots are not used (and Chrome won't warn about them. Why are the signatures not used? Are not root certificates ...
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What is the algorithm of bcrypt? [closed]

In many places I heard that people recommend to use the bcrypt algorithm to save passwords into database while creating web applications.I want to know what is the algorithm used to bcrypt a password ...
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Is there any asymmetric scheme provides signature with length of 30 bytes?

I want to send short messages to cell phones.Commonly a short message is no longer than 70 bytes. I need 20 bytes or more holding information and the rest bytes are for signature provided by ...
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Python implementation of AES and SHA256/512 that are FIPS-140-2 validated?

For security purposes I need to use AES encryption and SHA256/512 in my Django/Python project. I know there are various libraries out there that provide different encryption methods but I can't seem ...
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Is there any technical security reason not to buy the cheapest SSL certificate you can find?

While shopping for a basic SSL cert for my blog, I found that many of the more well known Certificat Authorities have an entry-level certificate (with less stringent validation of the purchaser's ...
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Is my Password Hashing Secure or not?

I have recently created a code for hashing password. Can you please give your advice over the security of my code? The function takes a password, then converts it to a number. #include <string> ...
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Achieving End to End encryption with TLS

The scenario is that a client browser (eg: a user trying to log in to a bank website) needs to be able to view certain sensitive information that resides in a mainframe sitting in the Internal network ...
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Is SHA1 weak for SSL?

I noticed that today after I scanned a site on the Qualys SSL Labs site that SSL ciphersuites which use SHA1 are now highlighted as being "Weak". It seems this has just happened; I scan sites pretty ...
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how safe is the 256 bit encryption used in bank transactions

Most of the banks use a 128 bit or 256 bit encryption. What does this mean? Does it mean that the keys used in ssl are 128 bit long or what? If they are the ssl key lengths then 128 bit rsa keys are ...
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Does an HTTPS proxy encrypt traffic between proxy client and server for HTTP requests?

To bypass censorship in a DIY fashion, I plan to set up private proxies for my personal use. One of the possible methods I would try is to use an HTTPS proxy (not a web proxy, to be explicit) hosted ...
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Privacy concerns while traveling with HDDs [duplicate]

I'm traveling to UK for college and I'm bringing 2x2TB drives with me. I'm concerned about my privacy when going through the border as they might search the drives. So I came up with the following ...
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Encrypting the salt with password [duplicate]

Salts are stored in the plain text and readily available with the hashed passwords if the password database is compromised. What if we encrypt the salt using password itself? Doesn't it make offline ...
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What is actually the purpose of encrypting the values in a cookie?

I was researching on internet security. When I reached at section Cookies, I happened to read that the values inside a cookie are generally stored only after encrypting them. But an encryption can be ...
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Tell people that I can encrypt emails

I know that it is still not very easy to use PGP for an average user. However, the situation is improving (there are some easy plugins that can even nicely integrate into your GMail webmail). In ...