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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Android support for TLS 1.1

Do anybody know from what version of Android did TLS 1.1 started to be supported directly by the OpenSSL version preinstalled in the system?
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Does mixing different types of encryption make the connection more secure?

Like when I browse a website using SSL from my laptop that is connected to my router using WPA2. My router talks to my ISP using IPSec. Is that more secure or these types of encryption have nothing ...
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How do I know that my connection is really encrypted?

I am using a VPN to ensure to encrypt my browsing. I wonder though if I could check somehow if the datastream really is encrypted?
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Opinions on my “Encryption at rest” implementation idea

Ok so basic overview of the environment I'm envisioning: Webapp w/ db backend storing sensitive data, possibly phi; standard user:pass auth due to unteachable users. My idea was to encrypt row data ...
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What network protocol is Crashplan using?

I have been using CrashPlan for a while internally (i.e. local backup server). I would also like to setup off-site backup but my experience is that I have to forward a port from the router sitting at ...
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How Does A Random Salt Work? [duplicate]

I don't understand how using a random salt for hashing passwords can work. Perhaps random salt refers to something other than hashing passwords? Here is my thought process: The salt is used to add ...
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Link Layer authenticated encryption vs authentication

Many security articles discuss about adding an extra layer of security at the link layer by either authenticating the data at the link layer authenticating and encrypting it. If we have ...
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Storing a user's password in a retrievable manner

I currently store my users passwords as PBKDF2 hashes, for the authentication part of my web application. Each user also has their own private key and public key (also stored in their user profile in ...
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Can eavesdropping be facilitated by injecting content that will be transmitted?

I was asked during a job interview the following question, to which I couldn't find an answer then, and this thing is still bothering me. I was hoping someone might know the answer here: Consider ...
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If TLS compression is not supported is a site still vulnerable to attacks such as BREACH?

I have read that BREACH was a side channel compression attack against TLS however focuses on HTTP response compression. If a site has disabled support for TLS compression does that still mean it can ...
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BitLocker Password Change

My team at work was recently working on encrypting some hard drives using Microsoft's BitLocker on Windows 7 hosts. The initial encryption for the 2TB drives took several hours to complete. This is ...
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mac adress encryption

I am a student of information technology and I am doing a project on avoiding MAC spoofing by using MAC encryption. My goal is to encrypt the MAC address inside the packet and send that packet to the ...
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How effective is Opera Mini's encryption? Can it hide activity on a WiFi network?

I'm curious since I discovered the nature of how browsing works in Opera Mini. A URL request is sent to Opera's servers, they download the page then compress it to lower bandwidth. They use a file ...
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Secure communication End-to-end with android and Server

I´m building a enterprise application and I need to create a secure communication between android and a server. What is the most secure way to do End-to-End communication? Should I use HTTPS or VPN? ...
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Is there a benefit to encrypting a file multiple times? [duplicate]

If I had to store a text file with some confidential information on the cloud, would encrypting the file multiple times (say, 3) with different passwords using WinRAR (AES with a 256 bit key) provide ...
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Can Cryptolocker (Or Other Ransomware) Encrypt Files That Are Already Encrypted?

If you have already encrypted files, are they still vulnerable to being encrypted a second time by a program like Cryptolocker, or would this protect them?
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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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Encrypting a huffman encoded file

I wrote a huffman encoding program that can compress and decompress files. The file contains a header which contains information that allows me to retrieve the huffman tree. I wanted to add a simple ...
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Is it possible to design a system where the client doesn't have to trust the server?

When you are using services like chat, file sending, exchanging etc., you always have to trust server providing these services. The only way to use services without having to trust third party is to ...
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Which encryption technique should be used for users name and passwords in my notebook [duplicate]

i writing all my passwords and users names on my notebook emails,amazons,facebook. and i have really Nosy little's brothers that will probably look at my notebook when i am not around, which ...
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Which encryption technique should be used for cloud computing data transfer?

I want to setup my application for cloud computing for Software as a Service. There is going to be a lot of data transfer between my server and client, to and fro. The technique I have envisaged is: ...
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How could a system be zero-knowledge?

I'm actually interested about zero-knowledge storage system. Those system where the storage provider claims he can't have any access to the data stored. As far I know, the data are encrypted using a ...
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Forward Secrecy not supported with referenced browsers?

I am running a scan against one of our servers from the Qualys SSL tester site and it says that my server "does not support forward secrecy with the referenced browsers". What exactly does that mean? ...
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How can I secure the secret key?

I am a bit confused about securing the secret encyption key. Here is the scenario: I need to encrypt some data (file) This data will be read by a program (say written in C/C++). Both the program ...
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How does Mylar ensure encrypted data remains secure even if the live app code is compromised

Because Mylar does the decryption in the browser, the key is never stored on the server. Nice. This moves the threat to the browser, where, if the attacker is able to get a malicious script to be ...
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updatedb and encrypted home folders: Does it store unencrypted file and folder names somewhere?

When you encrypt your home folder in Ubuntu and Debian, it protects not only the file contents but also the file and folder names. Yet I see that updatedb and locate works in Debian. When I run ...
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Possible CPA or CCA attack when using AES-CBC mode under the following situation?

Both client and server know a shared key in advance. Both sides us EVP_BytesToKey() derive a pair of same key and same IV. Then, client and server start transferring data encrypted by AES-CBC mode ...
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encrypted lookup-keys for key-value store

I'd like to use a key-value store (cassandra, redis, ...), but I don't trust the server. The clients have a shared secret, and I'm using that to encrypt the stored values. But what is the proper way ...
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Protect database data from everyone, including sys admins, etc

One of the things that has always bothered me about simple database data encryption: If the server is compromised, the database is effectively compromised. The attacker can use the same code as the ...
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Encrypting folders with flash drive key?

Is there any way to have a flash drive encrypted and it will only open with one computer that has the key in it?
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How can I secure my api to avoid copying?

Im building an app which should receive data from my server. The Api should be a PHP based script which provides the data as JSON. However I want to keep the data private and it should only be ...
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Are temporary files an issue when opening and editing an encrypted 7z file?

I am new to security and encryption. I want to store important information like passwords and pin codes so I don't forget them. So far I have been using LastPass but I would prefer a solution I ...
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How are TLSv1.0 ciphers negotiated as TLSv1.2?

I'm a little confused about something I am reading in Bulletproof SSL. "TLS 1.2 is the only protocol that allows suites to define their PRFs. This means that for the suites defined before TLS 1.2 ...
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Are digital signature algorithms subject to the same types of attack as public-key encryption algorithms?

I understand that digital signatures are usually implemented by encrypting a message digest with a private key, decrypting the resulting signature with a public key, and verifying that the message ...
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ECDSA ciphers and forward secrecy question about key exchange

I have heard that with forward secrecy that the ECDSA ciphers generate different keys for "each session" because they are not dependent on the private key of the server. My question is how is "each ...
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Can my IT department read my Google Hangouts chats while at work?

Is Google hangouts encrypted? Would my work's IT guys be able see pictures and text I send while on a work computer? Yes I know I shouldn't be sending stuff I don't want them to see while at work, but ...
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Possibility of using CA as an attack point by governmental organizations under their pressure

I was always concerned about the model of trust behind CA stuff we use . Well, for most of us, it is OK to trust them, since they are reliable organizations with a bunch of solid experience. ...
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Security margin of a winzip, Winrar password of 64 characters against GPU cracking

what s the longterm security margin of of a winzip or Winrar file encrypted with aes-256 and a password consisting of 64 completely random characters set a-z 0-9 and other printable special ...
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Is encrypting something more than once safer than hashing more than once?

I am aware of the implications that hashing something more than once correctly will increase the security of a system, but doing it incorrectly will decrease it, as noted here and on various other ...
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Identifying/decrypting hashed/encrypted data [closed]

This weekend I took part in an security challenge. I had great fun doing it but i found a huge gap in my knowledge that I'm really keen to fill and hope someone here can help get me pointing in the ...
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Extract AES key by comparing plaintext and encrypted data

Is there a kind of analysis which would enable me to get AES key which was used for encrypting arbitrary data while I have both original and encrypted version of data ? The problem is that the AES ...
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Drawbacks to only using TLS 1.2 ciphers in OpenSSL

I understand you would not want to do this as it would limit compatibility for older devices and platforms. However if someone were in an all TLS1.2 environment, say a very well managed internal ...
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Why do we use such a redundant language (English) for network communication? [closed]

I have heard throughout the internet that English is incredibly redundant. So why do we turn English messages in to a cipher which is then, from my understanding more vulnerable to letter frequency ...
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Choosing right way to secure access to server access via socket

I have an application running on a server, that has an exposed socket to the Internet to communicate with client that is/are application(s) on a phone. How would one go about properly securing the ...
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How are HSMs used in payment processing on the server?

I came to know recently that HSMs are used in credit card processing on the server side but since I don't work in that space and stumped as to why its needed. I can see it used in an ATM machine - ...
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Is there a secure way to create and distribute Shamir Secrets?

This Shamir Secret sharing utility consumes the secret key, and then generates N keys that must be manually distributed to each person. This is probably fine for most low-security situations, but not ...
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Easiest solution for automatic encryption of files on Dropbox?

I don't trust Dropbox to keep my files secure. In fact, the same goes for all the other file clouds. What I'd like is a easy and cross platform means of encrypting files that I add and read from ...
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Using different algorithms to slow down GPU password cracking

I have some job related files I have already compressed with 7Z. I have protected each with good 10 character passwords consisting of upper, and lower cases, numbers and special characters. And I ...
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Using AES as a Stream Cipher

I need to send a lot of small messages that are usually between 128 bits and 256 bits long, and each message is encrypted with a separate 128 bit AES key. Therefore, to send each message with the key ...
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Entering payment information in Android Apps

I'm concerned how android apps that integrate payment processing deal with secure financial information.When purchasing through these apps the apps show the Webpage of the bank asking for credentials. ...