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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Protecting emails in your database

It's common to encrypt passwords in the database, but I'm wondering what solutions are out there to protect emails in your database. Not just from hacking, but from disgruntled employees or engineers ...
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What algorithm/encryption type does Gmail use for security?

In the wake of the recent database hacks, i.e. Sony, Gawker, etc.. where the hackers have access to the hashed usernames and passwords, i've been more keen in paying attention to the sites and ...
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Do spaces in a passphrase really add any more security/entropy?

I often see passphrase suggestions written as a sentence, with spaces. In that format are they more susceptible to a dictionary attack because each word is on it's own as opposed to a large unbroken ...
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Are there any reviews or user experiences with Secretsync?

I haven't been able to find much in the way of professional reviews for Secretsync - http://getsecretsync.com/ss/ But i'm wondering how it compares to Boxcryptor and Truecrypt. How secure is ...
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What does “if the Crypto Officer performs this operation” mean in this BitLocker security policy?

In the document Windows Server 2008 R2 BitLocker™ Drive Encryption Security Policy For FIPS 140-2 Validation, in the section 6.1.2 FIPS 140-2 Security Rules bullet point 2 it says: BitLocker™ will ...
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Verify the password of an encrypted file without waiting for complete decryption

I am currently working on an application that encrypts files with AES 256. The problem is that I want the user to see whether the password is wrong before the file is decrypted. For example if you ...
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Exchanging private keys

I would like to understand something about security. Say two parties have a private piece of data (e.g. a password or license key) and the receiver needs to know that the sender has the same key and ...
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How secure are self decrypting HTML files for data storage?

I recently came across a JavaScript self decrypting archive. Is it secure enough to be used as a portable password storage tool? The author has even challenged it to be cracked.
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SSL encryption and SSL certificates

I know for a fact that it's possible for for an SSL\TLS session to go on without an SSL certificate, meaning you pass encrypted data, but you don't have a solid foundation of who you are really ...
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Storing Credit Card Numbers

I'll be making a website with a membership type of option for the website, and I'll be most likely using Authorize.Net to make the transactions, however, I need to know what kind of encryption I can ...
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Which crypto-algorithem uses iOS in NSDataWritingFileProtection and what is the keysize?

I need to know the crypto algorithm and key strength of NSDataWritingFileProtection. I would like to know the same things for using the Keychain and NSFileManager. I searched the Apple Developer ...
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Does Bitlocker qualify as the 'Cryptographic Module' defined in FIPS140-2?

Wikipedia defines Bitlocker as: BitLocker Drive Encryption is a full disk encryption feature included with the Ultimate and Enterprise editions of Microsoft's Windows Vista and Windows 7 ...
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Thoughts on creating unscalable conditions to brute force even small passwords?

I stumbled upon something called "scrypt" which claims to add fixed time/space complexity requirements into password-based key derivation. Quoting from their page: A simple password-based encryption ...
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What are you doing when you move your mouse randomly during a truecrypt volume creation?

Is that called a 'round' every time you move your mouse when creating a new volume? I'm talking about the screen with the random numbers during the volume creation process. What is the purpose of ...
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Will editing a Word file from a mounted Truecrypt volume leave any trace behind on the host computer?

I've heard that even if you have a Word document encrpyted (just using the built in Word encryption tools) and are editing it, it can still leave behind remnants of a file on the local computer in ...
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HP ProtectSmart In A Domain?

All of our HP PCs come with this software pre-installed, I'm a bit inclined to outright remove it because: Credential manager stores passwords by default (this has lead to user confusion, plus ...
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sniffing/recording GSM 3G signals

Is it possible to sniff or record and process GSM 3G signals (from some reciever) given that there is no other signals interrupting etc (the most comfortable conditions) Update (with some supporting ...
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Why do some LUKS tutorials mention overwriting the partition with random data?

On a lot of tutorials on luks encryption, people say to override the partition with random data, so that data is not recoverable after encryption. I don't understand that. Will the random data be ...
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Encrypt files on flash drive for easy decryption

I am looking to give some files to my accountant, who is not computer-savvy. I am going to put the files on a flash drive encrypted. I assume, accountant has no software other than standard Windows ...
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Is AES encrypting a password with itself more secure than SHA1?

This isn't really a practical question, but more a question of curiosity. I heard a CS professor recommend stepping up from md5ing passwords not to SHA1, but to AES encrypting the password using ...
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Searching encrypted storage

I have been reading some very interesting academic papers regarding the ability to search encrypted data without needing to actually decrypt the data. Doesn't this defeat the purpose of encryption in ...
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How can I share files with other individuals using the cloud in a secure way?

I would like to use a dropbox because it is easy and convenient. But I want to encrypt the files with the public key of the intended recipient, so he will be the only one who can access the data in ...
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How would you analyze an image to find out if there are scripts embedded in it?

How would you analyze an image to find out if there are scripts or possible malware embedded in it? What tools / methods to use?
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Do I need to password-protect an “Electronic Copy” of health information given to a patient on e-media?

I'm struggling to find good documentation regarding requirements around security and encryption of patient clinical information when delivered to a patient in electronic format. Patient portals, ...
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Can I use a private key as a public key and vice versa?

I have code to encrypt data using a public key and decrypt it using a private key. This is useful when a client wants to send data to a server and know that only the server can decrypt it. But say I ...
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Sip call Developing in android with secure data transfer

I would like to make an application similar to RedPhone on android. I took a look at SipDemo from developer.android.com and at the android.net.sip package.My question is, when you make/receive a call, ...
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Android for the Paranoid

In the case of a rooted phone, what are the various options to stay anonymous and keep your data secure? I've seen the guys at The Guardian Project work towards this: ...
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Enterprise Encryption Considerations

What are the different aspects to consider for Enterprise Encryption policy? So far the resources I have are: https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Cryptographic_Storage_Cheat_Sheet ...
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Secure PXE network OS installation

How can one make sure that when PXE is being used to boot a remote operating system, that the data being sent is encrypted (or at the very least that integrity is maintained)? Would it be possible to ...
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Best user data encryption design patterns?

Let's say that I have a website that allows users to upload files (much like Dropbox), and I need to encrypt those files so that only the users that have access to them can view the file data. Users ...
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Best protection against a “chosen-ciphertext” attack?

What is the best protection against a "chosen-ciphertext" attack when transmitting (=streaming) secured (=crypted) data via networks using the TCP protocol?
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Creating a “key server” (HIPAA compliance with AWS)

I'm a part of a small company that is going to be implementing HIPAA compliance. We will be seeking legal counsel, etc so anything heard here will not be taken as legal advice, etc. I just want to ...
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Would a large prime service be useful?

The target users would be portable/embedded devices or resource limited code (i.e. javascript). The idea being that the devices could poll the service for validated primes and use them for encryption ...
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Are powerline ethernet adapters inherently secure?

I have 2 Zyxel PLA407 powerline adapters. Router is downstairs connected to one adapter, other adapter is upstairs about 30 feet away connected to a desktop. I have a house, not an apartment or ...
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Cloud computing: future security challenges and solutions

I am currently writing a paper on the future security challenges of Cloud Computing, and possible solutions to these problems. After many hours of reading articles on the internet (my nearby library ...
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Archive encrypted traffic, for later decryption attempts?

I am concerned about sending long-term sensitive information over SSL. Someone who does not have the private key could record SSL traffic (with WireShark, Fiddler or some such) and store it for ...
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Techniques for Writing Encryption Algorithms (Exclusively For Personal Use)

I'd like to preface this question by stating that I fully understand the dangers of writing your own encryption algorithms, and I would never, ever, use homemade encryption to secure the data of ...
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How to use OpenSSL generated keys in Java?

I have my pair of Public and Private keys and my certificate. Those where created in OpenSSL (why? because I was asked to do it in OpenSSL). Now I want to use those things to make a Java app that ...
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How can I validate data on RFID chip that has RSA signatures and SHA1 hash values?

I have a RFID chip that has a digital signature using RSA and has data hashed using SHA1. I would like to compare data from the chip and user input in a program but I believe in order to do that I ...
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Mysql - two-way encryption of sensitive data (email addresses) outside of Apache, PHP and MySQL

We store user email addresses in our database, like many other websites. While we do take pride in the security measures in place, sometimes "just enough" is just not enough. We've begun looking into ...
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References on encryption in enterprise settings [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Enterprise Encryption Considerations I'm making a document on enterprise security. I'm looking for references and inspiration on the following topics: Enterprise ...
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Automated encryption detection

Is there any program that, given a cipher text, it would tell me what the encryption algorithm is? What if I have the plain text? Is there something that can be done in that case?
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What asymmetric encryption algorithms are in common use beside RSA?

I am looking for an asymmetric encryption algorithm other than RSA?
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What are best practices considering the use of Apple data protection?

Since iOS 4, Apple data protection supports hardware based encryption of confidential information on the device. I looked around for best practices considering the use of Apple data protection, but ...
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Does symmetric encryption provide data integrity?

Let's say I have one server that encrypts a file with a symmetric key, e.g. AES-CBC, and sends it to clients that decrypt it. Does that provide data integrity when decrypted? Or is it possible for ...
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What are the odds of brute-forcing an archive with 256-bit encryption?

I have a file (a stand-alone archive). I lost the password to it, but it has been encrypted using 256-bit encryption. The password is some 20-odd characters long (including non-alphanumeric ...
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Security for a low latency online multiplayer game

I am designing an online multiplayer game and I am looking for a good tradeoff of secure communications with minimal CPU and bandwidth utilization. My ideal solution would only use UDP packets since ...
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How to roll my own security mechanism - avoid SSL

I'm looking at implementing my own security mechanism rather than using SSL due to SSL being 'hopelessly broken' and also because it is an interesting exercise :) This is for a client-server internet ...
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Resources/tools for controlling access to corporate email on smartphones

If one of our employees has access to corporate email on a smartphone I want to make sure that if they lose the phone then whoever finds it can't get at any corporate email on that phone. For iOS ...
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ssh public/private key pair

I am having problems understanding how ssh really works. I know it uses a public key cryptography to encrypt messages. However, I can ssh to a server without first generating a public/private key pair ...