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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Does using both GPG encrypted files and encrypted filesystem make sense?

For a few years i stored my personal text files encrypted using an asymmetric key through GnuPG. Now i thought that it is a good idea to also encrypt my hard drive partition. Does it make sense to use ...
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Is it worth the effort to store FTP passwords encrypted?

I have a project to build a system that needs to push files to multiple third-party FTP servers. I have asked these third parties to provide a more secure interface; all have declined. So now I have ...
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How to know who I am protecting database information from?

I am trying to determine whether I need to use transparent database encryption (TDE) or encryption at web server to protect data in a database. Here are a couple articles I've read on the subject, ...
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Can hash functions be used with CTR or OFB mode?

I have been writing a class that encrypts and decrypts with block ciphers. I want to use Counter Mode(CTR/CM). We know that Counter Mode generates a keystream basing on counters, then XOR the ...
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What encryption hash function I should use for password securing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to securely hash passwords? What is the best encryption algorithm? MD5, SHA1, SHA2 or maybe something else? Can you explain me why?
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I want to have the security of my crypto code checked, how should I go about doing so?

Specifically part of my system stores encrypted information in a database. I wrote the code that actually does the encrypting/decrypting using an existing cipher. How should I go about making sure ...
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Better techniques than url parameter encryption

I'm a programmer working on an application where the only choice/vs/deadline was to implement symmetric encryption on url parameter values. The data is insensitive in nature, but we needed to prevent ...
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SSL CipherSuite Choices

In SSL/TLS, is the CipherSuite chosen by the server or the client? Also, can the certificate in any way dictate or modify the CipherSuite?
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Using GPG or PGP for symmetric database encryption/decryption in c# [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using GPG or PGP for symmetric database encryption/decryption in c# I am looking to symmetrically encrypt/decrypt information in a database. This info consists of short ...
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Using GPG or PGP for symmetric database encryption/decryption in c#

I am looking to symmetrically encrypt/decrypt information in a database. This info consists of short pieces of information, which need to be individually encrypted when a specific method is called. I ...
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When using AES and CBC, is it necessary to keep the IV secret?

If I encrypt some data with a randomly generated Key and Initialization Vector, then store all three pieces of information in the same table row; is it necessary to encrypt the IV as well as the Key? ...
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Is it a bad idea to let the user responsible for his own symmetric key?

I work for a company that provides a web app where we would like to give the user some sort of "digital safe". In this safe, the user can store and download whichever files he wants. The idea is that ...
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When to use the different types of Encryption / hash algorithm?

I'm studying for CISSP and know they will ask what type of encryption to use in different situations. Does such a list exist or is there a general rule of thumb to use?
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Is client side encryption really better than server side?

Web application may encrypt all user data at client side to convince users that it can't decrypt them. When user enters password, it's used to encrypt data in browser and then it's sent to server in ...
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How might the U.K. Government's proposed internet surveillance equipment “bypass” encryption?

http://www.channel4.com/news/black-boxes-to-monitor-all-internet-and-phone-data http://rt.com/news/uk-privacy-internet-freedom-186/ 'Black boxes' will be installed by internet services providers ...
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OpenPGP CFB mode examples [closed]

Does anyone know where to get worked out examples of OpenPGP's CFB mode encryption? I know RFC 4880 explains it very precisely, but I managed to mess it up somehow. I got one example from asking on ...
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Is it generally a bad idea to encrypt database fields?

I work on a tiny company, it's literally me (the programmer) and the owner. The owner has asked me to encrypt several fields in a database to protect the customers data. This is a web application that ...
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Can voice chat be spied?

I wonder if voice chat (via public services like yahoo, google talk, skype, etc) is practically secure? Is it possible for the ISP or any middle point? I do not consider hacking the computers, but ...
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Is there a way to store user files without being able to decrypt them?

I'd want to build a secure file storage web application. Currently ordinary password authentication is used for login. After login this password is used for encryption and decryption of user files at ...
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Verify Login and Encrypt with PBKDF2

I'm writing a desktop application where I'm using PBKDF2 to generate an encryption key to AES-128 encrypt the config file. The config file contains a crypo-random key that's been used to encrypt the ...
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Are there vunerabilities with this authentication mechanism?

I am trying to come up with a way to implement token-based authentication for a REST API without the need for SSL. The goal here is to avoid sending any sensitive information across the wire. I was ...
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Hash, encryption of file… key? Need help [closed]

So my previous question was with some help on pcap files as I am doing a security course and we have a challenge to figure out what was going on in our network. Now one of the files I retrieved is an ...
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what is this hash type? [closed]

Actually I have this hash but I don't know what cryptographic hash function generated it. 4753305A7A673D7A5A442156 I know password is 12345678 I extracted this pass from PLC device Mitsubishi
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How to safely collect bank account from website?

I want to collect bank account information from my customers on my website. I'd like to do that through a form, then I will download it to a PC, print it, and then delete it from the website. Or ...
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how long does it take to brute force varying encryption standards?

Let's say I want to encrypt information in a database. What would be the best encryption algorithm to use and why. I was thinking AES, since it's widely used as a government standard, but if the ...
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How are AV scanners protecting against encrypted (PGPd) malicious code?

As a user of PGP I worry about receiving a virus that was previous encrypted with my public key, which anybody can get by querying many PGP key servers. What prevents an attacker to target a PGP user ...
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How does small dish satellite secure their signal?

For example how does Direct TV's small plastic cards control who receives the TV signal? How is the signal encoded in a way that can allow future updates without the provider needing a new satellite? ...
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Does SGC Support reduce HTTPS security?

Server Gated Cryptography is a legacy technology (implemented by obsolete laws) that allows older browsers to establish a SSL session at a higher encryption. This article says SGC should never be ...
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What does it mean for a digital certificate to be “signed”?

When someone says that a particular digital certificate (like an SSL cert) has been "signed with a key", what does that imply? Does that mean the certificate simply includes a key that should be used ...
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any small idea to decode this algortihm from php script [closed]

So I think the algorithm is based on the php function ENCODING_decode defined in includes/encoding.php (which i don't have) . The encoded result $xId_campaign_encoded from the php script has ...
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Why would encrypting data result in a call to a Domain Controller

This KB article mentions an issue where signing or encrypting information may result in a network IO call to a Domain Controller. Apparently the RSACryptoServiceProvider's SignData and VerifyData ...
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How do I protect user data at rest?

I want to encrypt the username, email, and password fields in the database AND encrypt user files at rest. How can I do this? I am aware of software such as Gazzang and since there is not cost ...
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What's the advantage of using PBKDF2 vs SHA256 to generate an AES encryption key from a passphrase?

I'm looking at two comprable pieces of software which need to encrypt data on disk using a passphrase. One uses PBKDF2 to generate the encryption key from a passphrase, while the other uses two rounds ...
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About performance of Smart card for performing 3DES in a MD5 hash

Another question related to previous, unanswered A SW system constructed with Microsoft CNG can be FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Compliant? Another alternative is to store the keys in a Smart card permanently ...
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How to use RC4 securely

I want to encrypt my network communications with RC4. The reason for choosing RC4 is the simple implementation and speed. I need to have a pure Python implementation, because I cannot compile for my ...
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proxy services for torrents vs encrypting data

I've noticed growing popularity in proxy services for torrent clients; such as BTGuard. Most torrent clients encrypt traffic so aren't these services pointless? I read that it's because the encryption ...
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Secure way to store Userdata without encrypting the Database

I'm looking for a way or best practise to store Userdata securely in a Database without encrypting the Database. We’re talking about an Application Server connected to a Database-server. My approach ...
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Can I use hardware random number generation on my computer? Am I already using it?

A lot of computer security depends on encryption: SSL connections, TCP packet sequencing, encrypted files, etc. These depend on random number generation to ensure that attackers can't guess the ...
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Is AES slower to encrypt than MD5?

Is this the right interperation of this diagram: http://www.cryptopp.com/benchmarks.html AES/CCM MiB/Second:61 Cycles Per Byte:28.6 MD5 MiB/Second:255 Cycles Per Byte:6.8 And does that ...
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Is encrypting a salt value with a password/plaintext a viable alternative to straight up hashing?

The basic problem, as far as I can tell, is that hashing's flaw is that the password is in the hash. Asymmetric encryption's flaw is that the password is encrypted and can be reversed. The posts ...
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Using RSA with 3DES instead of plain 3DES. Does it make sense?

I have a large legacy code. Currently it is using 3DES encryption for a network based application. It encrypts data packets with a main key. This key is used to encrypt and decrypt (symmetrical). And ...
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Linux mcrypt security

I just installed 'mcrypt'. When I try to encrypt some file with DES using the command 'mcrypt -a des myfile', I am prompted for a passphrase with a maximum character count of 512. > mcrypt -a des ...
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Password entropy question

Is password entropy only mean that its long and look/or random, or there is something else, if the password 50 random numbers will it had high entropy or not
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What do key size and block size mean in cryptography?

Can some one simply explain the meanings and the difference between symmetric key and block size. Why 64 block size not safe any more and they increase it to 128 (AES,...,Serpent)? And what about key ...
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Is the Netscape SMIME extension still required in a certificate?

Every Windows 7 host has a Trusted Root certificate from Entrust that has the "Netscape Cert Type" extension (see image) I'm comparing inter-operable S/MIME extensions and see a pretty diverse set ...
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S/MIME and Dual-use certificates

My assumption is that S/MIME almost always utilizes certificates as follows: My certificate can be used to allow people to encrypt messages and send them to me. My certificate (the same ...
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How does adding a random serial number improve a certificates' security?

This article says: "Finding collisions is a tricky process, since it requires you to muck with the bits of the public key embedded in the certificate (see this paper for more details). Also, ...
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Security of asymmetrical decrypting proxy

I'm thinking about the safest possible way to store secure data (eg. Credit Card numbers) with a requirement of sending them in clear text to third party API (so hashing doesn't come into play). I've ...
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Bouncy Castle - document signed by sender and only readable by receiver?

I am building an application that requires secure data transfer. In particular, the sender has a data file that needs to be sent to the receiver. It is required that only the receiver be able to read ...
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Brute-force a passphrase, generated by `pwgen 16 -s`, of a GPG CAST5 archive

A sad story: One of our hard drives failed. While it was failing, we managed to take a quick backup. As it is our standard practice, we encrypted the backup using GPG (by however method Duplicity uses ...