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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Encryption test failed [migrated]

I am facing a problem when attempting to send an encrypted email via Enigmail (Thunderbird) in Ubuntu 14.04. I was following the Email Self-Defense guide https://emailselfdefense.fsf.org/en/ ...
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Easiest solution for automatic encryption of files on Dropbox?

I don't trust Dropbox to keep my files secure. In fact, the same goes for all the other file clouds. What I'd like is a easy and cross platform means of encrypting files that I add and read from ...
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Are digital signature algorithms subject to the same types of attack as public-key encryption algorithms?

I understand that digital signatures are usually implemented by encrypting a message digest with a private key, decrypting the resulting signature with a public key, and verifying that the message ...
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Can my IT department read my Google Hangouts chats while at work?

Is Google hangouts encrypted? Would my work's IT guys be able see pictures and text I send while on a work computer? Yes I know I shouldn't be sending stuff I don't want them to see while at work, but ...
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What steps do Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and Hotmail take to prevent eavesdropping on email?

I would like to ask what happens when an email is sent from gmail, yahoo or hotmail public web email services? I don't understand email protocols in details, but as far as I know email traffic is ...
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ECDSA ciphers and forward secrecy question about key exchange

I have heard that with forward secrecy that the ECDSA ciphers generate different keys for "each session" because they are not dependent on the private key of the server. My question is how is "each ...
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How to build the End-to-End GPG extension for Chrome [on hold]

In June 2014, Google announced work on a Chrome extension for Gmail to provide End-to-End email encryption using GPG. Has anyone managed to build this extension? I've followed the build instructions ...
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Is encrypting something more than once safer than hashing more than once?

I am aware of the implications that hashing something more than once correctly will increase the security of a system, but doing it incorrectly will decrease it, as noted here and on various other ...
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Possibility of using CA as an attack point by governmental organizations under their pressure

I was always concerned about the model of trust behind CA stuff we use . Well, for most of us, it is OK to trust them, since they are reliable organizations with a bunch of solid experience. ...
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Security margin of a winzip, Winrar password of 64 characters against GPU cracking

what s the longterm security margin of of a winzip or Winrar file encrypted with aes-256 and a password consisting of 64 completely random characters set a-z 0-9 and other printable special ...
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Extract AES key by comparing plaintext and encrypted data

Is there a kind of analysis which would enable me to get AES key which was used for encrypting arbitrary data while I have both original and encrypted version of data ? The problem is that the AES ...
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A service that claims beyond army level encryption

I would like to understand if this service is as safe and good as it claims to be: https://unseen.is This is what they say: ... Many other services that offer encryption keep the key, but ...
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How are secure hashing and encryption algorithms proven? [migrated]

Given that: You should always use proven secure hashing and encryption algorithms, rather than attempting to write your own. What's the process for criteria for an algorithm being proven? Is ...
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Identifying/decrypting hashed/encrypted data [on hold]

This weekend I took part in an security challenge. I had great fun doing it but i found a huge gap in my knowledge that I'm really keen to fill and hope someone here can help get me pointing in the ...
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Are Telegram secret chats secure assuming MTProto isn't?

For those who don't know: Telegram is a partially open source Whatsapp alternative (Server is closed source) which offers secret chats and normal chats. Secret chats are encrypted with Diffie-Hellman ...
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Requiring 2 keys to access a content

I need to use an external service that can only be accessed by password. I don't like the idea of storing the plaintext password on the server, but AFAIK there's not much I can do. Considering this ...
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Drawbacks to only using TLS 1.2 ciphers in OpenSSL

I understand you would not want to do this as it would limit compatibility for older devices and platforms. However if someone were in an all TLS1.2 environment, say a very well managed internal ...
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Should RSA public exponent be only in {3, 5, 17, 257 or 65537} due to security considerations?

In my project I'm using the value of public exponent of 4451h. I thought it's safe and ok until I started to use one commercial RSA encryption library. If I use this exponent with this library, it ...
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Does an HTTPS proxy encrypt traffic between proxy client and server for HTTP requests?

To bypass censorship in a DIY fashion, I plan to set up private proxies for my personal use. One of the possible methods I would try is to use an HTTPS proxy (not a web proxy, to be explicit) hosted ...
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Why do we use such a redundant language (English) for network communication? [on hold]

I have heard throughout the internet that English is incredibly redundant. So why do we turn English messages in to a cipher which is then, from my understanding more vulnerable to letter frequency ...
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Obstacle in Implementing a Time Limited/Number of Use Limited Software

How does one implement a trial period in a product properly, e.g. a trial period that lasts 30 days, or limits the number of product uses to 10? Storing the entries, even in an encrypted form, isn't ...
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Why can't you decrypt an encrypted message with just the public key? [migrated]

How does asymmetric crypto work? For example, if you use PGP in emails, you generate a private key that is known only to you and a public key, which is available to everyone. Is there a simple way ...
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How do web email clients store my passwords from other providers?

The situation comes down to this: When I enter in hotmail, it retrieves my messages connecting to other providers: they could only do so by using my email and password. Since I had signed in a ...
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Safety of using web based proxy?

Lets say for example I have to use a public online proxy like https://www.zend2.com to load a PHP webpage controlled by me containing sensitive data over HTTPS. How would I make sure that the proxy ...
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Choosing right way to secure access to server access via socket

I have an application running on a server, that has an exposed socket to the Internet to communicate with client that is/are application(s) on a phone. How would one go about properly securing the ...
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How are HSMs used in payment processing on the server?

I came to know recently that HSMs are used in credit card processing on the server side but since I don't work in that space and stumped as to why its needed. I can see it used in an ATM machine - ...
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iPhone iOS 7 Encryption at Lock Screen

Following this topic, I have a question about how the OS and apps access data while the phone is locked. Particularly in the case of iPhone 5S running iOS 7. When the device is locked, what allows ...
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Truecrypt Password Problem, Have Recovery Disk [migrated]

I am trying to log in to a laptop that has not been used since the end of last year. The laptop has Truecrypt 7.1 along with Windows 7. I am 99% sure i am using the correct password. On entering the ...
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Is there a secure way to create and distribute Shamir Secrets?

This Shamir Secret sharing utility consumes the secret key, and then generates N keys that must be manually distributed to each person. This is probably fine for most low-security situations, but not ...
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Hipaa Compliant Server

I have an instance in Amazon EC2 and need to be HIPAA compliant. I have two questions, Should I need to do a block level encryption of the database storage. Should I need to encrypt sensitive data ...
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Are all TCP connection protected by IPsec?

I hope this question fits this stackexchange: From what I understand, IPSec takes care of encrypting everything above the IP layer (transport, application). Does that mean that if I open a socket ...
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Using different algorithms to slow down GPU password cracking

I have some job related files I have already compressed with 7Z. I have protected each with good 10 character passwords consisting of upper, and lower cases, numbers and special characters. And I ...
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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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Using AES as a Stream Cipher

I need to send a lot of small messages that are usually between 128 bits and 256 bits long, and each message is encrypted with a separate 128 bit AES key. Therefore, to send each message with the key ...
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What does the pgp public key length depend on?

What does the pgp public key length depend on? Does a long private key result in a long public key? The longer public key the better; or is it even the private key the crucial factor?
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Entering payment information in Android Apps

I'm concerned how android apps that integrate payment processing deal with secure financial information.When purchasing through these apps the apps show the Webpage of the bank asking for credentials. ...
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How are ProtonMail keys distributed?

There is a service called ProtonMail. It encrypts email on the client side, stores encrypted message on their servers, and then the recipient decrypts it, also on the client side and the system ...
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Steps to create user authentication system between mobile and server

First time doing a secure login from a mobile app to a server (built in java). I want to understand if I got this right. Login in for the first time: 1. On the mobile device hardcode a security ...
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Encryption decryption time

Does the encryption / decryption time of rsa algorithm vary significantly with a change in key length? For example, is there a noticeable difference in encryption/decryption time between 512 bit and ...
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Some http requests are not send encrypted by vpn! Why?

I subscribed to a VPN service recently, and installed wireshark to take a look at the traffic sent from my computer. Practically all of it goes through UDP protocol, encrypted. But there are two HTTP ...
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Publicly Available API + Sensitive ID/Key Transmission Over HTTP

I've run into a predicament... I'm developing a mobile application that utilizes a server for various things. One portion is that it stores an id/key pair related to accessing and processing ...
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How is ZixCorp able to provide email encryption without a password?

I am trying to understand how/if an email I received is being encrypted. A financial institution sent me a verifiable email (i.e. not phising) asking me to fill out a pdf form to complete a ...
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Payment Application Integration - Encryption or HMAC

Doing an integration with an online payment provider. Payment provider will be making a web request to my server to provide some information about the basket content. On my end there's no payment ...
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How to identify Encryption algorithm for data coming in field/attribute values of an xml

I have data coming in the form of XML with certain XML attributes being encrypted. I am very new to encryption/decryption. So I would like a detailed explanation on how to find the encryption ...
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PGP as method of sharing AES key?

Would PGP work as a method of sharing the AES key, as shown below, and what would be the flaws with this method of encryption? Server sends PGP public key Client generates (uses as AES key for ...
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How does an insecure RNG affect cryptography, and how do I measure the corresponding loss of security?

Suppose a given random number generator has poor entropy, and is compressible by any compression algorithm (zlib, bzip2, lzma, etc). Specifically the issues with this RNG are: Bad entropy Bad seed ...
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What's the most secure way to send information from one device to another?

I need to send sensitive information from one piece of hardware to another. I was thinking wifi, but if someone obtains the password, it wouldn't be encrypted. I don't think you can use ssl unless ...
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GSM A5/1 encryption: Key management

I'm currently studying the A5/1 algorithm used for GSM encryption. I understood how thanks to the symmetric private Key and a public counter frame one can encrypt the communication between A and B. ...
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Creating an application in which all user content is encrypted

Does any one have references or sources on how to approach developing a web application in which the content is encrypted and unreadable for the developers or company owners; I'm referring to content ...
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Adding photos to Truecrypted, gapless laptop from camera safely

I have a Truecrypted, airgapped (no internet connectivity at all) laptop that I use as a completely secure computer for sensitive files. I want to add images from my iPhone (I know), camera or other ...