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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GnuPG implementations are not cross-compatible? [closed]

Let's say I made my private key using Enigmail. Then I imported it into a Windows program called GPG4USB. When I want to decrypt a message it asks for my encryption password but it doesn't accept the ...
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Is 7-Zip's AES encryption just as secure as TrueCrypt's version?

The main difference being TrueCrypt creates containers and 7-Zip encrypts the file itself, so file sizes can be guessed. Now let's just talk about the strength and breakability of the encryption. ...
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Is it a good idea to have a “master” password?

Though I do have a good memory of passwords, it is quite impossible to have one password per application. Yet, it should be... My current way to deal with passwords is to have five passwords and to ...
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is there better email, file, disk encryption than PGP? [closed]

Currently, I am using Symantec's PGP desktop whole disk encryption for my Mac. After hearing that FileVault was insecure and supposedly easily crackaable. However, PGP has been around for a long ...
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How does Chat monitor work,if we use encrypted service like gtalk

i have heard that there are software like this http://formessengers.com/mdetect.htm that monitor Chats and can see the chat logs,but how do these kind of software work if we are using services like ...
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How easily could be truecrypt and EFS cracked in this scenario

I suspect some info was subtracted in the past months from my laptop. Therefore Im looking for methods to encrypt my data. I want to try using truecrypt for the sensitive files folder plus EFS for ...
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Securing Isolated AWS Deployments to comply with HIPAA/HITECH

HIPAA Security Hounds...How would you view an AWS deployment that included a set of systems deployed together at AWS (within a single, secured Virtual Private Cloud), using a key to encrypt all ...
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Hash Function Xor

For a hash function what is the best secure method, XOR or Concatenate: h(data1 XOR data2 XOR data3 XOR data4) ? or use h(data1||data2||data3||data4)?
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Is it possible to decode xor encoded string from N copys?

Let's say, I've got N strings encoded with "random" bytes using xor. If I know that the information encoded is the same everywhere, is it possible for me to get at the information itself by doing ...
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How to store banking information,collected on website, securely and implement encryption?

So I have this website in which I will ask users to input the following banking information. Bank account holder name: Bank account number: 9 digit routing number: I need these information from ...
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Implementation review - Independent key, admin side and user side

The admin of the website needs to read user data. So, if the key is derived from the user pass, then the admin has to know the user pass, not exactly a good idea. The following encryption scheme was ...
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What changed between TLS and DTLS

What did the DTLS (TLS over UDP) authors have to change so that it could run without TCP? Bonus points: Do any of the protocol difference affect the way it should be used, both in terms of interface ...
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Safely transfer UserID among different Subdomains

Scenario : Application a.mydomain.com redirects its users to application b.mydomain.com for Account Creation. b.mydomain.com creates the account, and redirects the user back to a.mydomain.com with ...
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Using dynamic keys

It is intuitively clear that, the less materials a cryptanalyst has available to work on, the lower would be his chance of success. This implies that the security of encryption of a message could be ...
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Is the master keypair in OpenPGP ever used for encryption, or just signing?

I've been reading this page about subkeys and I was surprised to read that "GnuPG actually uses a signing-only key as the master key". I can understand how this was the case when DSA was the default ...
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How get data from password protected rar file?

I want retrieve documents from a password protected rar file? I know brute force and dictionary method. Is there any other method to get data?
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openssl: recover key and IV by passphrase

A large amount of files were encrypted by openssl enc -aes-256-cbc -pass pass:MYPASSWORD Openssl should derive key+IV from passphrase. I'd like to know key+IV equivalent of that MYPASSWORD. Is ...
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Why Say IP Addresses Are Harmless?

Whenever I see someone on the internet ask the question, "Can someone find out my IP Address from my tweets/my tumblr/facebook posts/whatever else", the response I always see is, "Who cares! An IP ...
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Is it possible for a third party to sniff data off the line to an ISP and determine what the user is doing?

Can somebody hack the line between my router and service provider and monitor what I'm doing online and what sites I'm visiting?
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How do automated systems store their keys securely?

As with many systems (primarily websites) there are automatic components that run on a server and are not user based (such as crons) that don't have the opportunity for a real person to input a secret ...
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of the HTML5 Keygen element?

As of January 2013, what are the potential benefits and drawbacks of the HTML5 Keygen element?
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Android Device Encryption

I am trying to understand when using the default android device encryption in 4.0.4 ICS (AES-CBC 128Bit) how the Key Derivation Function works? That is how is the users decryption passcode transformed ...
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How can Nokia decrypt HTTPS data? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can real end-to-end SSL encryption be made? Regarding this piece of news, I wonder how can Nokia so easily decrypt HTTPS data? As I understand the data is encrypted by ...
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How about preventing CSRF this way?

According to Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) Prevention Cheat Sheet , the recommended solution to protect web site from CSRF attacking is to implement Synchronizer Token Pattern. And This requires ...
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Is NTFS file compression vulnerable to a CRIME-like attack when using an encrypted volume?

I know that content compression can cause SSL to be vulnerable to the CRIME attack, via changes in the content length when injected plaintext matches existing content. Does this principle carry over ...
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Block chaining modes to avoid

Everyone knows that ECB operation mode with a block cipher should be avoided because of clear and obvious weaknesses. But little attention is given to comparison of the other modes in the context of ...
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Encrypted flash drives

I have searched the web for information on secure encrypted USB flash drives. I have found that the most secure encryption is hardware-based like Kingstom DT4000 for example. Why is a simple USB ...
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Kerberos realm understanding

Could someone summarise why realms are necessary in Kerberos and the advantages of the concept. I'm struggling to isolate everything I know / beginning to understand into some well defined points for ...
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Using Username/Password to generate 'public' key for Encryption

I'm currently developing a project for highly sensitive data which needs to be transfered over a very questionable network. While I'm not really happy about that at all, it's probably unavoidable ...
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WLFriends encrypted login risk

I recently had created on WLFriends.org which is presented by Wikileaks, I noticed a big thing there that the process of signing up at WLFriends was very distinct from the other normal sites. There, ...
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What is the most secure way for two people to communicate?

There are various services on the internet that offer secure communications. Typically in the past if I want to share some sensitive information with someone, I will do so over a Cryptocat chat ...
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Accessing encrypted data with multiple users

I'm building a web based, LDAP authenticated password manager for internal use. We don't want to store the passwords in plain-text in the database, and we want multiple users to be able to access the ...
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Pitfalls of SSD encryption

Encrypting an SSD is a process that is sometimes warned should be done with caution. E.g. http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/DM-Crypt_with_LUKS mentions how the SSD may keep hidden space used for wear ...
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Filling the disk with random data prior to encryption?

Filling the disk with random data prior to encrypting it will supposedly make it harder for the attacker to perform any cryptanalysis. Most sources seem to state this is because it will be harder for ...
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GPG-encrypted mailing list and other approaches to safe communication

What is the best way to communicate privately on a mailing-list? Requiring each member of the list to have the public key of each other member, and encrypt their messages with those, is cumbersome to ...
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How to test security of an encryption algorithm?

What are the standards methods to test the quality of an encryption algorithms. Secondly if i am trying to implement an encryption algorithm then what practices should i adopt?
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how strong is AES without salt

The AES cryto library provided to us from company, does not generate a different encrypted value for plain text. If text is "abcd" , it will generate the same encrypted value over multiple ...
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Storing Private Keys Generated on Server with specific User's Password Securely

I am currently building a system (PHP Web Application Framework) that creates an RSA Key Pair for a user to allow other users to send secure information from one to another. The public key is ...
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S/MIME verification

I am getting emails with smime.p7s attachments. when I look at my mail on my Linux box, I can see base64 encoded block in mail body. I can extract that block and open it on Windows using certmgr and ...
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User-to-user encryption in addition to SSL for mobile phones?

I have learned that SSL is a protocol to implement machine-to-machine encryption and that there are protocols, like PGP, which implement user-to-user encryption (end-to-end encryption). There are ...
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Difference between Encryption and Verification certificate

What is the difference between the Encryption certificate and Verification certificate in Outlook? When exchanging certs, it just requires a digitally-signed message to be sent. It seems as though ...
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Can email be encrypted before it reaches the mail server? If not, is there something that would allow something like this that's being worked on?

I was thinking about hosting my own email (own email server) instead of using Gmail. But then I realized I could never host my email on a server where I'm also hosting Wordpress. That is because I ...
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Strongest cryptographic algorithm available in PHP 5.3

Which options are available in the default installation and which ones by third-parties like extensions or frameworks? P.S. By Cryptography I mean algorithms which could be decrypted, not one-way ...
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Share or not share public key for servers?

In order to encrypt communications from our (custom) client to our (custom) servers our current scheme is a bit like this: Client uses the bundled public key A to encrypt some random key material. ...
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Security comparsion of 3DES and AES

Which one is more secure and least possible to be broken through cryptanalysis AES or 3DES (no matter performance)? I need to use encryption for my projects to store and secure sensitive information ...
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Test Android Secure Encrypted Traffic

For testing android traffic encryption I have configured a VPN client in my phone. What simple test I can perform in my home wifi network to verify that the traffic is really encrypted and secure?
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How does the YubiKey Validation Server work from an encryption perspective?

Many YubiKey servers rely on the free cloud hosted authentication that comes with the product, but I'm interested in keeping all cryptographic material in my control. For that reason I am looking at ...
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Combining MAC and Encryption

What is the most preferred and secure way of combining both Encryption and MAC. There was a lecture on different combining strategies adopted by different protocols on a cryptography course by ...
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encrypted cloud storage with partial local copy

Is there a cloud storage solution with the following features: partially copied locally. Not fully like dropbox so it can be larger than the local disk. Not fully in the cloud but just a local disk ...
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How can encrypted traffic bypass the Great Firewall of China when it is being blocked?

The Great Firewall of China is controlled by the government and has put in place a "learning algorithm" to block unapproved encrypted traffic. The only way to get encrypted traffic through the ...