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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What steps should one take to provide “reasonable” levels of privacy from a government?

I'm highly uncomfortable with the recent news surrounding government snooping in the UK. If we define a typical user to mean somebody who: Browses web sites such as BBC News and Stack Overflow Uses ...
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Hybrid key management doing it wrong?

I'm currently working on a project that needs be as secure as possible key-management. My experience with encryption, decryption and key-management are none whatsoever so i did some research on the ...
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How do software keygens work?

I have seen them plenty of times, with many different types of software, but the one thing I have always wondered, is how software keygens know what key to generate. I know the basic principle of it: ...
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What is the DUKPT Key Derivation Function?

I'm tasked with decrypting ciphertext acquired from an encrypted card reader. The card reader utilizes DUKPT(derived unique key per transaction) scheme and 3DES encryption. I don't have a problem with ...
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Where can we learn more about recursive encryption schemes?

I've been wondering about recursed encryption. The idea I'm trying to convey here is an encryption scheme where a message is encypted, then somehow encrypted again, and again, etc. The encryption ...
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Nested Truecrypt containers

Which is more secure: use one container encrypted with AES > Twofish > Serpent = 768bits key size make an AES container, and inside it make another Twofish container then inside it make a third ...
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Is it alright to tell everyone your encryption information?

I have an account in an online banking system and they have the FAQ with something like this: How secure is the <Online Banking System Name>? Each page you view and any information ...
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How secure is TOTP key on phones?

Our company is considering several options in moving to MFA with software OATH TOTP or yubikey OATH OTP. In regards to where the secret is stored, I'm aware that a yubikey or similar hardware device ...
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How can wireless router password encrypts data using WEP and WPA

How does the password that we enter (to connect to a wireless network) encrypt the data on the wireless network? Through my reading I am not sure if the password that we enter is the same as the ...
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Is diskcryptor really secure?

Diskcryptor is an open-source competitor to TrueCrypt for Windows. It has an edge over Truecrypt for system encryption, because it allows for more than one independently encrypted system partition, ...
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Most Efficient way of Encrypted Chat

I'm creating a server where people can come and talk to each other. I'm mostly doing it for a fun project, here's my question. I'm using RSA for encryption/decryption, so only the clients will know ...
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What encryption schemes require two or 3 private keys to read a message?

I would like to encrypt some data so that it can only be read if two or three people use a private secret to decrypt the data. What is the best / most modern way to accomplish multi-person ...
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Considering that SRP is better than SSH and Basic Auth, how can it be implemented in a website?

SRP is short for Secure Remote Password protocol, and provides a better way for passwords to be sent over the internet. I've read the information at it's Stanford University home page, the Wiki ...
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How does Freenet maintain access to 'freesites' while retaining plausible deniability about content?

On Freenet you can host websites deemed 'freesites' which are publicly accessible by everyone. As I understand, Freenet can serve a variety of content, some which is illegal, which is why content is ...
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Why is using a pseudo-random key considered more practical than a one-time pad?

I am experiencing confusion regarding one-time pads. I have read that a one-time pad generates a key that has the same length as the plaintext. This is considered to be an overhead in sharing such a ...
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How to find whether a site uses SET

How could I know whether the eCommerce site I use uses SET (Secure Electronic Transaction). I know SET is a standard. But I see only an SSL connection
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What issues might exist with TLS-OBC's emulation of Browser Certificates?

TLS-OBC is an RFC proposal that increases SSL/TLS security by using certificates on both ends of the TLS connection. What's special here is that the client is permitted to dynamically create a local, ...
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TrueCrypt -vs- MacOS encrypted sparse image - equally secure? Other alternatives?

I'm currently trying to find my personal best solution for storing passwords and other sensible data. Recently I've used 1Password on iPhone and Mac but I'm not really satisfied with its predefined ...
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Protection of Keys/Passwords on Virtual Hardware (XEN, KVM, VMWare, etc.)

Is there any reasonable way to secure data on virtual hardware? What I mean by "virtual hardware" is the various hosted systems that one can rent from various online hosters, that run on top of XEN, ...
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Explain the naming with the variety of cipher-methods as seen by `$ openssl enc --help`

I am confused by this variety, perhaps outlined here. I am trying to understand the conventions. Trend A: strength? $2^8$, $2^7$ -- seems clear but why algo with 192 or 40? Referring to same issue? ...
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How to use DPAPI under load balance environment

DPAPI can be used to encrypt the secret data. We intend to use it in our web app to encrypt some data and store the encrypted data in database. When needed we decrypt the data and present them on ...
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Does KASUMI (A5/3) Related Key attack apply to 3G or other mobile providers?

The KASUMI is a block cipher used to encrypt UMTS, GPRS, and GSM SMS messages. The references section in Wikipedia says that a related key attack is possible in 3G systems. Q: Has it been proven ...
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Where to store a key for encryption?

I am looking for a way to store a key used for password encryption. I am using a MySQL database which would store a user name and a password encrypted with AES_ENCRYPT(str,key_str). Where can I safely ...
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Good file encryption tools [closed]

Could you please help me find a good file encryption tool? The target OS is Linux, but tools for Windows are welcome, too. FOSS tools are preferred. The tool must be reliable both for the recovery of ...
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How to keep secure while browsing on open wifi when SSL VPN is blocked?

After a recent visit to a hotel I was surprised to discover that they blocked access to my OpenVPN server. I often use this as a way to secure my internet traffic when I am on public wireless. ...
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What is the recomended algorithm to create a key from a password?

In my new secret document encryption utility, the key for symmetric encryption = the hash of a random salt and a user provided password. It is necessary to have a slow hash function in order to ...
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Is it safe to store a single symmetric key encrypted with several different RSA public keys?

For the field-based encryption of a database containing sensitive information, I was thinking of the following design: Every user has a smartcard used for client certificate login. After login the ...
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Device versus file based encryption in TrueCrypt for a flash drive?

Are there security tradeoffs to be considered in deciding between encrypting an entire flashdrive with TrueCrypt versus storing a file encrypted container? The security goal is to be immune to the ...
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How expensive is it to guess a 15 character password, and should I be worried?

I'm currently using AES encryption (at home) on GNU/Linux (one of LUKS AES-256 variants with xts) and on Windows 7 (Truecrypt) with a 15 characters password (alphanumeric lowercase only plus _). ...
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How to store IV and key temporarily but securely

I am using .NET 4.0 to develop a Windows service that will temporarily store encrypted data in a database. The data will be encrypted when it is inserted, then decrypted, processed, and deleted once ...
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How do I encrypt the source and destination IP address, along with various parts of an email?

If the subject makes no sense to you, that's fine, it makes no sense to me. I've been tasked with securing emails sent from some devices, and I'm looking for advice on intelligent questions to ask to ...
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How does the encryption of FPGA works?

I know that FPGAS of Altera enables you to encrypt the RTL code while you work with it, what I can't understand is why it is really encrypted since once I have the FPGA, I can take it and with flash ...
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Definitely safest password storage scheme?

I already asked this on StackOverflow but I was suggested this would be a better suited place and I found no way to "move" the question so I have to copy it. Believe, I know, there are hundreds ...
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Blackberry QNX / Playbook encryption details

Now that Blackberry received FIPS 140-2 certification for one of it's QNX devices, does anyone have technical specifics on how data is encrypted on both mobile phones or the Playbook tablet? I'm ...
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Securing data transfer between public network and personal accounts

I would be traveling soon and I am looking for all kinds of ways to encrypt the data transfer (usernames, passwords, emails ...) between the new networks to which I will connect my Laptop, that is ...
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Help to account all the points of physical access to a rack server to steal software

Let's say I want to move my 1U Dell server to co-location site with a hostile company who will try to steal my code (this is almost 90% probability if I dont take steps)... The limitation for their ...
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Is Intel AESNI supported by Xen in VPS/Cloud hosting environments? [closed]

I'm having trouble determining whether when using a hosting company that uses Xen virtualization and Intel processors with AESNI embedded encryption, I would have access to AESNI (i.e., is it an ...
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Where can I find information about how to implement Intel embedded AES256 encryption?

I heard this can really speed up encryption performance, but I can't find any good information about how to implement it.
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Is encrypting data with a private key dangerous?

I have been reviewing code for various internal apps that handle secure transmission of data with external systems. These follow the following process: RSA encrypt data with 3rd party public key RSA ...
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Personal Data Encryption Workflow

By personal, I mean for one person that's not sharing the workflow of data access with any other users. Appears based on the feedback I got on ...
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Why are hash functions one way? If I know the algorithm, why can't I calculate the input from it?

Why can't a password hash be reverse engineered? I've looked into this ages ago and have read lots on it, but I can't find the explanation of why it can't be done. An example will make it easier to ...
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How to improve performance of encrypted MySQL database on Linux backend server?

Is ezNcrypt's transparent encryption technology the only way to get a big boost in performance? Are there other good solutions out there we could be looking at for encrypting the entire database with ...
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Is hardware based disk encryption more secure that software based?

As a spin-off of my question on "Advice on buying an encrypted disk" -- and in an effort to address the question "how is hardware based disk encryption better?" -- I've started a new question. My ...
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OpenPGP: Sign-Verify workflow without Encrypt-Decrypt?

Is it a good and/or frequent practice to sign a file (with your own private key) without encrypting it (with the intended recipient's public key?) I haven't really been able to find a direct answer to ...
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Would a per-file encryption system any more or less secure than volume encryption?

Guessing they're the same, but not 100% sure. UPDATE: My mistake for not clearly stating the it would be assumed the keys per-file, or for a whole volume, would be the exact same -- not to mention ...
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Should I mount my mac Truecrypt Volume elsewhere?

I've read in various places to not mount your truecrypt volume in the same place as your Dropbox or Sugarsync folder. I believe this only matter for Mac/Linux, but I need some verification. On a Mac, ...
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Storage of 'secrets', keystores, HSMs and the rest

I've been digging for the past few days into storage of sentitive data. If I store this data in a database, I believe the general accepted practice is to store sensitive data encrypted, for various ...
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How hard is it to intercept SMS (two-factor authentication)?

A lot of two-factor authentication mechanisms use SMS to deliver single-use passphrase to the user. So how secure is it? Is it hard to intercept the SMS message containing the passphrase? Do mobile ...
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What voip client support manual encryption?

In pidgin there is a plugin that we can use to encrypt our messages in chat windows .. Is there anything simular for voip (pc to pc) ? any client that support manual encryption for voice data?(linux)
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Is BitLocker on a virtual machine FIPS 140-2 security level 1 compliant?

BitLocker can be used as a cryptographic module to fulfill FIPS 140-2 security level 1 compliance. What if the encrypted drive is on a virtual machine, is that still FIPS 140-2 compliant? In one ...