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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I forgot my 7z password [closed]

I used 7zip to encrypt a 200mb archive of my code used a combination of some of 7 possible words and no numbers or caps. So 823543 possible passwords. What is the best free program I can use to ...
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Why do we keep our keys secret, rather than our algorithms? [duplicate]

On almost any website that relates information about cryptography in general there is this common notion that almost all encryption/decryption algorithms should use a key as one of their inputs. The ...
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What are the vulnerabilities of using a 256 bit encrypted PDF file over email?

I often send confidential documents to others using encrypted PDF files (i.e. files with a user password, and typically with an owner password as well) to prevent both accidental forwards and ...
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How strong is a simple XOR encryption with random IV?

I'd like to implement some kind of simple (yet as strong as possible) encryption for my client-server application network traffic. Data to be encrypted can be both textual, and binary. Now I'm ...
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Does Server Mistrust improve security? [closed]

By server mistrust, I mean the fully implemented lack of customer plaintext on a vendor's system, and lack of vendor access to customer plaintext. Specific case in question: Password and SSH key ...
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Is it possible to make a different encryption for a phone communication?

I wanted to know if maybe it's possible to make a phone communication more secure than the current A5/1 (used for GSM). Or maybe create a special tunnel between two phones. I mean like an ssh ...
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Ensure that a file can only be decrypted after a specific condition is not present

Are there any cryptographic schemes/protocols that would allow me to encrypt a file, make it publicly available, but ensure that it can only be decrypted when a specific condition is not present (I ...
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How can I recover my encrypted data from a Sandisk Secure Access [closed]

I had saved my all important and personal data on sandisk secure access 2.0 on 16gb pen drive cruzer but after 1.5 month when I connect my pen drive to the system, it asked me to generate new ...
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How to decrypt a file only if specific conditions are not met [closed]

I know how to decrypt a file after one or more specific environnemental conditions are met (with secure triggers). I am interested in a cryptographic sheme that would enable decryption of data only ...
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Passing data among 3 parties with public key encryption

There are three parties involved in a repeated data transfer process: Client C, Broker B and Provider P. There might be multiple clients C. Broker B manages P's customer database. Each customer has a ...
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VoIP call security: How does encrypting signalling protocol (SIP) protects RTP?

Checking the data packets from many VoIP applications shows that SIP packets are encrypted with TLS. So the captured session shows no SIP signals at all, just simple TCP and TLS/SSL packets. But ...
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Could other people steal my Internet connection if they had my PPPoE data?

Would it be possible for other people to use my PPPoE data to get Internet access or is it somehow restricted to my house? Then what about my neighbors downstairs, could they do it? And what about ...
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Is SQL Server 2016's Deterministic Encryption any good?

I'm seeing that MS just released a new version of SQL Server which supports deterministically encrypting a column, so that you can still query it: ...
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How can I use session salt for encrypting data using AES in CTR mode?

I have to implement a crypto-plugin in Java. The approach followed is conceptually similar to that used for SRTP. The algorithm used for data confidentiality is AES in CTR mode (I'm following a ...
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What type of security does Gazzang zNcrypt provide?

We have just planned to implement the same in our organization, and I believe this will encrypt files and data on disk. I have two questions: Does it provide column level encryption in database (if ...
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What does Gazzang zNcrypt actually protect against?

In an effort to increase security of our website, I'm reading up on Gazzang zNcrypt, which claims to protect data in databases from breaches. Technically, it seems to do filesystem encryption. As far ...
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secure notebook options [closed]

How can I secure my notebook with highly sensitive information stored in a spreadsheet. I am keeping the following options in mind: Password protect & encrypt BIOS Full disk encryption Password ...
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Can DUKPT BDK be 192 bits?

All examples seem to be with 128 bits. Can it be 192 bits?
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Sketchy traffic from port 3030?

I am running tests on a server that is ran by a close family friend, who agreed to allow me to do so in exchange for the experience I will gather (I am currently a computer science student). On ...
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Converting ECC Private key to PKCS#1 format

Is there any way to convert an ECC private key to RSA PKCS#1 format? I have tried converting it to PKCS#8 first using OpenSSL: openssl pkcs8 -topk8 -nocrypt -in EC_key.pem -out pkcs8_key.pem This ...
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WhatsApp Password generation [closed]

Is it known how the WhatsApp-Servers generate the password for the user? My Google-Fu is not strong enough to find it out by myself. For reference (Step 6 / 2, I mean the step in which the server ...
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Hashed master password and generated encryption key in a password manager program

I'm writing a WPF password manager application to practice programming, so far this is the scheme I intend to use to store master password and individual site password: Master password: Generate a ...
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Decrypting .P7M File with Key (.pem) using OpenSSL

My knownledge about security is limited so I need some help here. The Question I want to Decrypt a .P7M file using its private key (.pem). I would prefer to use OpenSSL for this. Tried so far ...
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Does endianness affect encryption keys and initialization vectors?

When encrypting (specifically when using AES) content, will endianness affect how the key (and/or initialization vector) should look when encrypting/decrypting content? And could this depend on the ...
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PKI/Why does Microsoft require my cert before encrypting an email?

Microsoft doesn't allow sending public-key encrypted messages using Outlook 2003-2012 on Windows 7-8x environments without first creating your own Digital ID or private key for signing. Per ...
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Why do PGP master keys only have a single subkey, and tie certification with signing by default?

After learning more about PGP subkeys and how to split apart the roles of (S)igning, (E)ncryption, (A)uthentication and (C)ertification, I discovered that in most cases(?) a default master key has a ...
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Password protected zip opened in notepad

I have two password protected zip(COmpression method: normal) file with the same content(aaa.txt(blank notepad)) and I opened the zips and this came up. First one's password is: abcd PK Rd¦D ...
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Is facebook to facebook (mobile application call ) encrypted?

I understand facebook uses WebRtc to send voice data packet in network if any one end client is on the browser. Use of DTLS packets can be seen in captured (wireshark) file. But in case of mobile app ...
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Is SESSION is safe for transferring encrypted email and password in PHP

I am working on a project where I am using PHP_SESSION, Somewhere I heard that PHP_SESSION are quite unsafe for passing valuable data so I have to know what are the security flaws, how it can be ...
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Storing encryption key in a cookie?

I have a website issue that I am addressing by storing an encryption key in a cookie. I want to describe my issue and my solution, and see if someone smarter about such things than I thinks this is a ...
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iOS 8 encryption vs Android Lollipop encryption

iOS 8 includes encryption that is enabled by default, whereas in Android it is optional. Do both operating systems decrypt everything on boot and then the PIN is used to unlock it until it is turned ...
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toy OpenPGP encryption with manually generated keys

I've been playing around with OpenPGP encryption for a little while. Here are the steps I've followed: Generate an unencrypted public/private key pair in my keyring with gpg --gen-key. Dump the ...
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How to tell if my OpenPGP public key is self-signed?

I recently read: You should sign your PGP public key immediately after generating your public/private key-pair. And now I wonder how I can check whether I already did that. So my question is: ...
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Best practice of deprecating old OpenPGP subkeys when migrating to a new subkey pair?

I've been using GnuPG with an offline master + online subkey setup for a while now. All my email is signed with the signing-only subkey and encryption is done with the encryption-only subkey. The ...
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Can I VPN a phone's connection to my home network, and then apply my home firewall to my phones network connections?

I have a decent firewall/router at home, and I was wondering whether it would be possible to use my home firewall for the connections that my phone makes, even when I'm not at home. It would mean ...
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How is encryption broken [duplicate]

The title describes pretty well what I want to ask, because I just can't wrap my head around it. I understand the basics of breaking encrypted data with the method of kind-of-bruteforcing where you ...
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What encryption is this? [closed]

7c4a8d09ca3762af61e59520943dc26494f8941b This is 123456, I don't know what kind of encryption it is and all the passwords are saving as it in my database so i need to know
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Why is plain dm-crypt only recommended for experts?

I am curious about the following claim from the Cryptsetup FAQ: 2.4 What is the difference between "plain" and LUKS format? First, unless you happen to understand the cryptographic background ...
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Save application autostart login token on computer

I need to login desktop application while autostart on server (like skype does). What is the best practice to save authentication token (password)? Should I use something like RSA encryption (which ...
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Advantages of Enabling Firmware Password Protection

What security advantages, if any, would be gained by enabling Firmware Password Protection on a mac that allready has filevault encryption for the disk?
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If someone hacks our server, how can we prevent them from decrypting data stored in Vault?

I have been tasked with evaluating Vault in our company and the first question asked by an architect was: If someone hacks our server, how can we prevent them from decrypting data stored in Vault? ...
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Authenticity of PDF document printed from Word

My MS Word Add-In generates PDF preview of DOCX file on client PC and uploads both files to server. I cannot generate PDF on server. Is there any way to make sure that the PDF is the printed version ...
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Why isn't open WiFi encrypted?

As far as I understand, WiFi networks that require no password send traffic through the air unencrypted. Those that require a password encrypt each connection uniquely, even if they're all using the ...
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What mail applications use crypto?

I just read that everyone in the world can ready my mails (if intercepted in traffic by eavesdropping?). Also, it reads that current versions (book's from 2004 so I assume that new versions adopt ...
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Server full disk encryption protection from malware

A group of LINUX servers is using dm-crypt to encrypt data. The servers do not store data long-term but are only temporary stopping points for data before it is sent to other systems. The time the ...
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Is end to end email encryption possible without unique domain/subdomain for each user?

Lets say Alice@gmail.com wants to send message to Bob@secureMail.com Alice <--> gmail.com <--> secureMail.com <--> Bob We know gmail.com can read the unencrypted message. Is it possible for ...
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Does the padlock on my browser really indicate a reasonable assurance against eavesdropping?

I know that there have been broken or weak SSL implementations. Do browsers actually have decent standards for what they'll accept and display "the padlock"? Furthermore, are there any practical ...
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can I trust Boxcryptor closed source software? Encryption of files for cloud hoster

Boxcryptor https://www.boxcryptor.com is not Open Source. Can I trust this? Is it secure? No government backdoor? Because there is no alternative for OS X and iOS.
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RSA public key and private key lengths

I'm having a problem understanding the size of an RSA public key and its private key pair. I saw different key sizes for RSA algorithm (512, 1024,... for example), but is this the length of public ...
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Is Aescrypt a valid tool for encryption or not?

I'd like to know if Aescrypt is a valid tool, or if for a very secure protection, the only choice is to use a software like gpg, or similar. More I've another curiosity, if one doesn't want to use ...