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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Is email encryption, as claimed by ProtonMail, possible?

Is it possible to create a Web service that encrypts all messages, such that only the writer, and the person to whom the mail is sent, can read it? In other words, is the theory behind ProtonMail ...
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How secure is “Firefox Hello”?

The new "Firefox Hello" feature promises easy and safe video conversation. It is not nescessary to create an account, you simply share a link with your partner to start the conversation. The ...
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Wi-Fi Protected Setup PIN method EAP Messages

Let's look at this example: router (access point) has 8-digit PIN (printed on label) and laptop wants to connect to network using WPS PIN. So user give router's PIN into laptop and laptop sends PIN to ...
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Why would I use at-rest encryption over a DB's key-based encryption?

Goal I want to store encrypted data in a database. Constraints Application-level encryption (encrypting before sending to the DB) is not a reasonable option for my use case. The DB providers I'm ...
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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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What does Windows's built-in encryption do, if I can seemingly always read my encrypted files?

I'm playing around with certificates and encryption on a Windows system, but either it isn't working or I don't know how it should works. When I encrypt a file its name changes to green. But then, I ...
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What does “key with length of x bits” mean?

I'd like to know what it means to say "the cryptosystem C uses keys with a length of x bits". I do not understand what the bits length means... doesn't it depend on the encoding? The same word encodes ...
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How can this encryption algorithm be improved?

I am currently developing an application to store my passwords safely. It will be a proof-of-concept at first, but I am planning to upgrade it later. Anyway, here is how the passwords are accessed: ...
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What information can my ISP see using squid proxy?

My ISP provides a transparent proxy to use and I can see that they are using the squid proxy for caching this. What I am wondering is what data can they see and what can they see further if they can ...
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Why was DES with 112 bit keys (IBM) reduced to 56?

On the French wikipedia page about DES it says that the original DES algorithm from IBM used 112 bit keys. Why did they reduce this to 56 bits? Edit: ok NSA convinced IBM but today it seems like a ...
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Is EFS FINRA and SEC Acceptable

I'm trying to search in their manual but there is nothing explicit being mentioned as to what type and how encryption should be done. Can I assume that if I use EFS on the entire USER directory that ...
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Encrypting individual files on OS X

I am about to go paperless, and I want to protect the documents that I scan. The use case is that I'll be scanning paper documents, encrypting each file, and storing them locally and on various backup ...
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Should the RTP feed from a surveillance camera be protected?

I see a lot of camera system and they're either using RSTP over RTP or just RTP. Most of the times they are on straight HTTP for the login, some will be on HTTPS, but unless forced (which I have seen)...
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Is this algorithm really end to end encrypted and secure?

I'm creating an anonymous chat where one of the premises is that the conversations are end to end encrypted. I'm using firebase so all the comunication between the clients and the server is SSL ...
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What's the difference between a hashed and an encrypted password?

Alright, so I know this may sound dumb, but I'm having a hard time understanding what an encryption would be since it's different from a hash. I've read up on it, but I'm still not quite sure. So, I ...
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How to use nmap through proxychains?

Iam running nmap through proxychains using this comand proxychains nmap -v scanme.namp.org This produced an error showing like this root@kali:~# proxychains nmap -v scanme.nmap.org ProxyChains-3....
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Stateless AEAD (AES-GCM) based tokens

I want to generate secure data tokens which can be shared with the client for uses like password reset, etc. which involves low storage overhead at server end. Ideally I am interested only in managing ...
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Do I need to use GPG subkeys for my backups?

I'm reading a lot about the need to separate the master key from additional encrypting or signing keys, like these links: GPG subkey layout. Separate keys for C, S and E? https://alexcabal.com/...
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Is it possible for an attacker to log keystrokes of a bluetooth or wireless keyboard [duplicate]

Bluetooth and wireless keyboards are sending keystrokes wirelessly. Could this mean that an attacker (or spy) can log the keystrokes by monitoring the wireless or Bluetooth radio waves (or whatever)? ...
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Is a password-protected excel file considered secure versus encrypted file or email

I understand that encryption is the highest form of security for document/data storage. While a password-protected document is more secure than one without password protection, if the document is ...
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Can a 3rd party validate the origin of an HTTPS session?

I'm wondering if HTTPS can be used as proof that a server reported an answer. If I understand correctly, the initial handshake is for HTTPS is the only time that the public/private key of the server ...
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How to determine what type of encoding/encryption has been used?

Is there a way to find what type of encryption/encoding is being used? For example, I am testing a web application which stores the password in the database in an encrypted format (WeJcFMQ/8+8QJ/w0hHh+...
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How do data breaches of account login information end up in plaintext?

For example, see this story. Am I missing something here? Are the login details actually still encrypted? I don't understand how it is possible for a data breach of what I assume is encrypted ...
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Does TLS rotate the shared secret periodically?

After the initial shared secret is agreed upon between the client an server through the TLS handshake does the shared secret get rotated periodically ?
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Why does IV not need to be secret in AES CBC encryption?

According to Wikipedia, the initialization vector (IV) does not have to be secret, when using the CBC mode of operation. Here is the schema of CBC encryption (also from Wikipedia): What if I ...
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How to prevent illegal file transfer or copying of video files from a PC? [closed]

I have developed a windows desktop application using VB.NET. My applications main purpose is to play videos. I have some videos which has copyrights on them, that are not suppose to be distributed or ...
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Unsecure FTP with Encrypted file and Wireshark leakage

Hi i was wandering if it is possible to have a password leaked to an encrypted file on an anon ftp server with r-x-w permissions. So for example i have a file encrypted using gpg and when opened on ...
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Can governments intercept end-to-end encrypted Whatsapp communication through lawful interception?

Since Whatapp started end-to-end encryption with an option for users to verify keys, many government security agencies, like the Indian one, red-flagged such use of encryption. Now, Yesterday the ...
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Sending Group Keys over network

For multicast encryption one user creates group keys on his local (Symetric and asymetric). If we encrypt these with other group user's public keys and send over networks . Is this acceptable? Can ...
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Android Rooting and Evil Maid Attacks

I'm trying to learn more about full disk encryption (in the context of a Linux based server) and what schemes offer true security and which only offer the illusion of security. As I understand it, ...
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Replacing files with infected files on anonymous ftp server

I am creating a new question as i now have another question which was raised from a previous answered question post. What im trying to figure out is would this scenario be possible. I have an ...
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What kinds of encryption are _not_ breakable via Quantum Computers?

There's the recent article NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption. Now I'm not surprised by the NSA trying anything1, but what slightly baffles me is the word "...
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Is there readily available encryption algorithms for current computers, that is safe from quantum computers?

Is there readily available encryption algorithms for current computers, that is safe from quantum computers? I know a bunch of currently popular encryption algorithms that are safe from current ...
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Are there any alternatives to EFS for transparently encrypting the contents of a folder in Windows?

EFS is not an option for me because I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium. I am looking for folder encryption, not drive encryption.
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Is storing passwords encrypted with GnuPGP on an anonymous FTP server safe?

I would like some advice on a method of storing passwords to a database on my anonymous FTP server. Basically I have login details for a few trusted users to a database server stored in a text file ...
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What is the best practice to secure an unattended Raspberry Pi?

I'm working on a project which involves mounting a Raspberry Pi on a self-moving vehicle. I'm looking for the best way to encrypt the Pi (entire file-system, swap, etc.), with the minimum possible ...
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What are the disadvantages of using public key cryptography when encrypting files? [duplicate]

I am wanting to encrypt a file with my public key, my friend told me that this is not a good idea but did not explain why. Can someone explain please.
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SQLCipher and PRAGMA key on iOS

I'm a bit confused as to how SQLCipher handles the PRAGMA key provided for encrypting the SQLite database For background: I'm looking at options for encrypting application data at rest. From the ...
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Transport Layer Encryption vs. Application Layer Encryption

Can anyone tell me the key differences between Transport layer encryption and Application layer encryption and outline example use cases where each are most appropriate? The research I have done so ...
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What is the problem with multiple encryption and how do you know if you have decrypted a cipher?

I have 2 questions that are somewhat related: When you try and guess the key in a program (in a brute force way), how does the program know if it got it right and it had deciphered the message (I'm ...
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Samsung SSD 840/850 EVO with DiskCryptor?

Samsung's 840/850 EVO SSDs have hardware full disk encryption feature, however the stock disk management app (Magician) only mentions BitLocker's support. Encrypted Drive feature provided by ...
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Is this cascading encryption, and is my security weakened as a result?

I'm trying to understand what is, and what is not, considered cascading encryption. All of the posts and conversations I've read over the past few days discourage the practice, including this article. ...
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Centralized local hosted web based password manager

In our company we have more than 100 employers and everyone use several online applications daily. To access all of this sites they need a password which was now stored very insecurely. so I'm ...
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Authenticate tracking device with TCP server

I am building a tracking device and am looking for a secure authentication method to use when the device wants to establish a connection to the server. The server is a TCP server that we open a ...
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For someone who has a key and ciphertext, is it possible to find out what encryption algorithm was used?

For someone who has a key and ciphertext, is it possible to find out what encryption algorithm was used?
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How is encryption different for Windows yet they are identical?

I right clicked on C:\Users\USERNAME and did advanced -> enable encryption. On one laptop it turned green. The other it shows an icon on the files with a lock. What is the difference between these? ...
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How does an encryption master key work

Apparently the 'secure' cloud-encryption service BoxCryptor supports master keys for encrypted files. Decrypt every file which is accessible by any member of your organisation. How would a '...
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How to know when an OpenSSH rekey occured, and how to trigger one?

I have a twofold question about OpenSSH rekeying. I use OpenSSH 6.4 on the server side and the connection between client and server is a SSH2 connection. The questions: How do I know when a rekey ...
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CRC-96(ZIP) decryption

Is there a way to decrypt CRC-96 encrypted string? I am testing a web application which stores the password in the database in CRC-96 encrypted format.
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Secure application data transmission via SMS channel

There are mobile banking applications that use SMS channel to communicate with their server. Some of them offer both internet and sms channels which the customer gets to choose from. While there's ...