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 else do I need to secure my data in an encrypted non-system drive?

I have to use an almost seven years old laptop running Windows 7 ultimate and want to encrypt my hard disk to protect my private data (e.g. documents, pictures, Dropbox, etc.). I encrypted a ...
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Locking a partition/drive

I am working in an environment where people share the same PC running Windows 7. I would like to put my private files in an encrypted partition so that I can lock it when I leave the PC, yet leave the ...
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Composing and Inverting Symmetric Encryption Keys

First Question: Using a symmetric encryption algorithm E on a message M, users usually send E(M) to the recipient and then the recipient will compute E^-1(E(M))=M to retrieve the message. If M is ...
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How can DH provide a known secret to two parties over an unencrypted connection without it being intercepted via MITM?

Without using Private and Public keypairs, i do not understand how Diffie-Hellman is able to generate a secret key between two parties on the internet without passing something between that could be ...
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How secure are my passwords in the hands of Firefox using a Master Password?

I'm relying on Firefox to remember my passwords, using a Master Password of more than 25 characters. How secure is this set-up?
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Is there a secret-sharing public-key-encryption-based service? [on hold]

I need to share some sensitive information with someone else who can only communicate via E-mail. I don't love the idea of sharing this information freely over email in plain text, so I was ...
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Will an IP packet to the own IP address ever leave the computer?

I am working on a system that consists of several applicaitons communicating with each other. Some of these applications will run on the same server and some will run on a different one. So there is ...
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Is server-side access control sufficient or should I encrypt querystrings

I've got an ASP Classic system that passes around sequential ids corresponding to keys in the database. I had gotten an encryption module (chilkat, an activex control) that I was using to encrypt and ...
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How can I validate time-sensitive data is coming from a mobile app, and not being forged?

In our application, a user selects answers to questions. Their score is based on the time spent answering each question down to a tenth of a second. The server is responsible for calculating and ...
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Can ISP use MITM attack to “break” encrypted traffic?

Use connection of A and B as an example. Their communications were encrypted by Public Key Encryption. Before they exchange their public key, ISP MITM attacked. A got "B"'s public key (ISP generated) ...
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HTTP vs. HTTPS- detailed procedure to implement HTTPS [migrated]

I have a third party system deployed on Apache web server and Jbose application server, but no SSL implemented. Please tell me the detail procedure on how can I implement the HTTPS feature on my ...
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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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openssl_digest vs hash vs hash_hmac? Difference between SALT & HMAC?

openssl_digest vs hash vs hash_hmac I want to use SHA512 for storing password. Which of the above methods are best to use? Why? What is the difference between SALT & HMAC? I just read ...
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Break the popularity contest crypto

There is a very interesting puzzle on the Programming Puzzles and Code Golf site to Rearrange pixels in an image so it can't be recognized and then get it back. I understand that this is not ...
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Is a Linux environment PCI compliant if the swap file is not encrypted and PANs are loaded into RAM?

Is a Linux environment PCI compliant if the swap partition/file is not encrypted and PANs are loaded into RAM by an application?
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Website: Pre-Shared-Key Authentication

We have this web-application with high valuable (business) data. All communication is encrypted through TLS/SSL. While I consider this a really safe protocol, it can still be compromised if someone ...
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PHP/Ajax Data transmission security

I'm learning about web security mechanisms. I have developed the following system in PHP and JavaScript: assuming that I have a page named: messages.php which is a real-time chat system. first when ...
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What is the best way to manage gpg keys across multiple devices?

I have a desktop computer and a laptop computer both running Debian. All of the devices have encrypted hard drives. I also have a phone running Cyanogenmod/Android. What is the best way to manage ...
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A folder lock/encryption program that can do this? [on hold]

I am looking for a program that can lock or encrypt folder, but in case if my laptop is stolen and C drive is reformatted and reinstalled, and i have locked folders on D drive, these folders to remain ...
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Encrypting files on Google Drive

It's my understanding files kept on Google Drive are not protected. I would like to have them encrypted so that to be able to view or modify them one must enter a password. I foresee a potential ...
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How does encryption/decryption work when one generate random key?

I am new to this and want to ask a basic question. Suppose I used my password (say "ABC123") to generate a key using the PBKDF2 algorithm (or any such algorithm). For encrypting a file I'll input my ...
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Klein and PTW wep attack

I'm working on an implementation of Klein's wep attack. For that, I've set up a router with wep encryption and collected 50,000 unique IVs from it. I tried only calculating K[0], meaning - the first ...
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XTS vs AES-CBC with ESSIV for file-based filesystem encryption

In a blog post I recently read called "You Don't Want XTS," the author explains some of the pitfalls of using XTS to encrypt filesystems. Specifically, he recommends against ever sharing encrypted ...
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VPS Privacy: OpenVZ vs KVM vs Xen

Considering OpenVZ, KVM and Xen: Which VM technology is the most difficult for the host's administrators to access given an encrypted root partition? Can I have a reasonable expectation that rogue ...
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Encryption mechanism

I want to send data over the Internet securely. For that, I am using an public key of the receiver to encrypt the data. In this case, if an intruder in the network modifies the data, like placing the ...
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What is the most secure way for two people to communicate?

There are various services on the internet that offer secure communications. Typically in the past if I want to share some sensitive information with someone, I will do so over a Cryptocat chat ...
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Secure login feature with low CPU power

I'm developing a program that contains a login function in C++. The problem is that I don't know how to develop it in my situation. I want to run the software on a raspberry pi, it only has a CPU ...
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Is it possible to decrypt a satellite TV signal without using a smart card?

And if it is possible, why has it been decided to keep using a smart card for this task? I will be grateful if you can provide some practical examples on how to bypass the use of a smart card (if ...
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Hacking machines using internet packets [on hold]

I have a friend (X) who hacked the whatsapp account of someone (Y) using iphone. He told me that he sent a packet to the iphone of Y that appears as a normal whatsapp message but now he can see all ...
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user defined counter increment function for blowfish CTR in java [migrated]

We did some research but couldn't find the answer. The javax crypto blowfish counter increment function seems to be fixed ( standard inc by 1? ). How to change the increment function, say by 4? Or ...
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Search on encrypted data of multiple users

I want to implement a search over encrypted data. I found a blogpost, which explains 3 methods. One method is to use deterministic encryption, which I'm trying to implement. But my use case is a ...
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PCI compliant transparent data encryption at disk/folder level on windows?

Is there a way to achieve pci compliant data encryption at disk/folder level in windows in a way that is transparent to applications(they must be able to write/read to encrypted folders/disks as if ...
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Is a Diffie Hellman Ephemeral key good material for being used as a symmetric cipher algorithm key?

I am designing a secure protocol (for academic/learning purposes) and I am at the point where I need to (re)design the key exchange step. In my previous implementation, I used to rely on RSA to ...
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Encrypting data within SQLite database in JAVA - How to store key?

So, a bit of context before I start may be handy. I am developing a JAVA desktop application which will use an SQLite database to store/process data. The application will utilize authentication to ...
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Database compromised and some passwords cracked

I run an MMORPG game and today while moving from one server to another, apache failed and listed some of the data on the server including a back-up of all the source code + database which a few people ...
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Importance of password strength with secure element?

Greetings SE security community. Background: I have a number of items like certificates, databases, and encrypted file systems that require private keys. In order to avoid having duplicates of these ...
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How is the Premaster secret used in TLS generated?

I believe that it uses some combination of the random values sent in the hello messages. From RFC 2246: (TLSv1.0) RSA encrypted premaster secret message Meaning of this message: If RSA is ...
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pci compliance and temporary files

Does storing temporarily a non-encrypted file containing some PANs violate pci requirements? (for example because it is being processed by an application, or to open it on a file editor)
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Encrypt Android app data and send to web service

I want to develop an Android app that may contain sensitive personally identifying information (national ID number, phone number, etc.) among other data that will be stored in an Android phone. Let's ...
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How to generate a superkey to decrypt strings

I'm working on an application where users have a key or password generated by me that is used to encrypt a string. Each user has their personal key, and no user should be able to decrypt another ...
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Is there man in middle attack when using mobile phone calls?

My question is about the encryption between me and my mobile operator. My mobile operator uses A5/1. I use Samsung. Sometimes I see the symbol G on my phone which means GPRS. I don't know whether it ...
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Can any ECC field element be safely serialized as “compressed” and then restored as uncompressed?

I have a library that stores all its ECC Field Elements in uncompressed form, in a bloated Base64 XML format, and storage has become a concern. (We want to support QR code as a form factor,etc) ...
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Building a web app with encrypted MySQL database entries?

I have some experience in building PHP based websites with MySQL access, storing encrypted user details, but all other fields being plain text. My most recent project will require sensitive data to be ...
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Cryptanalysis of encrypted data at rest

Imagine I have a file encrypted using AES CBC mode with a key and a random IV. The attacker access to the encrypted text and the IV used but not the key. In this scenario there is no vulnerability ...
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Safety of using online 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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What are the benefits of encryption for everyday people?

In addition to the fact that encryption systems like PGP are notoriously difficult to use, and that encryption doesn't always jive with cloud-based services like webmail, the fact is that most people ...
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GPG encryption and signing

Why don't the commands gpg2 --armor --sign file.txt and gpg2 --clearsign file.txt have the same output? Also when I use just --sign I get a bunch of binary gibberish surrounding the message in ...
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Making a bitcoin-like secure mail protocol, how to tackle public keys?

I'm making a new mail protocol (probably already exists, but I've learnt a lot of things about security and privacy on the way). Here's the summary(much simpler if you know bitcoin's inner workings): ...
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What Linux software can I use to explore entropy of a file?

I've heard of tools that could be used to graph entropy of a file. Is there a graphical Linux program that I could use for this job that would let me conveniently explore which blocks of a file have ...
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Identifying stream cipher algorithm based on encrypted content

Is it possible to identify the algorithm used for the stream cipher based upon analysis of an encrypted stream?