The process of encrypting individual files on a storage medium and permitting access to the encrypted data only after proper authentication is provided.

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VeraCrypt/TruCrypt - I can't understand why you'd want to create a “hidden” volume…?

I can't think of a reason as to why you'd want to create a hidden volume in VeraCrypt. It says because "you may be asked to hand the information," but why would I need to hand it over? Nobody has any ...
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Are there file-encryption tools that only allow access to whitelisted processes?

I am looking into VeraCrypt, a spiritual successor of TrueCrypt. This made a question pop up: As far as I understand, as long as the encrypted volume is mounted, every process can access the data. ...
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Security of hybrid encryption scheme

I want to use a hybrid encryption scheme for file encryption. The scheme must use PKCS#1 v1.5 – which is vulerable to padding oracle attacks – because many smartcards (e.g. the OpenPGP Card) only ...
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Which is more effective and 'secure': Compression+Encryption, or only Encryption?

This came up in an IRC discussion on freenode, and now I"m curious. The idea is that someone wants to determine whether or not encryption alone, or compression+encryption (with gpg/pgp being the ...
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Hashing a password, and summing it with every byte in a file. How secure?

I have a text document with all my usernames and passwords in it sitting on my desktop. I decided to spend a couple hours making that more secure. I wrote a program for the purpose. It takes a ...
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Secure (P2P) Client/Company File Sharing

my small web design company currently uses a cloud storage service to collaborate with our clients and I would like an easier (and more secure) way for files to be transferred-in and stored. The ...
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Offering a privacy scenario with PHP mcrypt library

first of all, sorry if my question is not clear, because English is not my first language. Anyway, let-me explain the concept I'm struggling to solve as the best solution. I have some guys, and they ...
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Does “Magic Numbers” weaken encryption?

I was wandering at superuser and I found this question: Compress and then encrypt, or vice-versa? Nearly all files have a Magic Number at a certain position in them. So, I wonder if I can attack (to ...
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Undelete-secure AES software and software for carrying out “full undeletion” free-partition-space zeroing/reformatting on Windows?

It is fairly well known that on Windows, when you delete a file (or folder which may contain any number of files and subfolders possibly containing other files and subfolders and so on), Windows just ...
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How to protect against adversaries snatching booted laptops to defeat full disk encryption?

I read an article describing how FBI agents snatched Ross Ulbricht's laptop while it was running to defeat full-disk encryption: Two plainclothes FBI agents, one male and one female, walked up ...
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Encrypting files securely using user supplied password

I'm currently trying to build a (sort of) secure, desktop based RTF text editor written for node-webkit using node.js. Based on some answers that I read here, such as How can I securely convert a ...
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Is it safe to store encrypted volumes on cloud syncing services?

A recent discussion on another website prompted a proclamation that storing (TrueCrypt, LUKS, DMG, etc) on cloud sync services like Dropbox is unsafe, since a version history is kept of each file, and ...
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Whats the point in having software's like Veracrypt, which end of the day needs password to Decrypt ?

There are encryption softwares like veracrypt which encrypt data and the only way to open encrypted file is via Password. But a simple compressing softwares like RAR also provide password protection. ...
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Has Stackfield been security audited and is the metadata safe?

It appears that Stackfield is one of the only functioning applications that combines end to end encryption, messaging services and file sharing. Peerio has just been launched (literally a day or two ...
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How to securely store application data on mobile device

How can security be enhanced to the maximum in a messaging app storing messaging history on the device (like whatsapp)? I am specifically referring to methods to minimize the risk of the data being ...
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Are there best practices concerning application account credentials?

I am looking for best practices concerning application account credentials. For example, suppose I got a corporate application which uses an Active Directory application user account to communicate ...
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Best way to securely store passwords for local use?

I am writing a Java application who needs three username/password pairs. I would like to add a "remember me" feature, implying I would have to store passwords on the user's computer. Knowing this ...
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Reasons to encrypt filenames on cloud backup

I use a cloud service for my off-site backup, and all my files are encrypted. But I am wondering whether to enable filename encryption or not. Are there any security advantages to be gained by ...
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Decryption of data [closed]

Apparently, for privacy I have encrypted data on my mobile. A few pics (family ones). This I did through ES File manager, was using AppLock previously but encountered a few errors for storage so I ...
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Transferring passwords to outside counsel

As part of a new eDiscovery effort, we send large amounts of data on encrypted hardware to third parties (outside counsel) that are not very technically proficient (so no key exchange via PGP ...
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Decrypting arbitrary offset of encrypted file

I want to store encrypted files on some storage backend that allows me to fetch bytes X through Y of the encrypted file. I can obviously decrypt the entire file locally and send it back to the client. ...
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Is Changing a File Type and Name an Effective Security Solution?

Is renaming folders & files and changing file types an effective solution for file security of a PC? I am an application programmer and have an extensive background in it. I have written a ...
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Security review: is this PHP mcrypt wrapper class safe?

Update (6 February 2015): It seems like the class in question has actually updated as a response to the answers here (through an issue, now closed, raised on github). I was looking for ...
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Encrypt files on FTP server

I have a practical situation here, my company is a FTP server provider for some clients. The clients are sharing their files on our FTP server and have had no problem with access management and ...
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What is the impact of RSA key's size on CPU load?

I use ssh connection encrypted and compressed. If I use small RSA keys or very big RSA keys, what is impact on CPU load for compression, for decompression and on bandwidth (encrypted file size) ?
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Security of Microsoft OneDrive

A friend asked about putting some of his data on Microsoft's OneDrive. I did some research, and what I learned seems very surprising. It appears that all the user data on MS OneDrive is store ...
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Clear EFS Cache at Set Interval

My boss wants to set up encrypted file shares using EFS on Windows Server 2012 R2 Boxes accessed by Windows 8.1 clients. I've been able to set the default DRA, issue certificates in test cases and so ...
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ecryptfs - relationship between passphrase and sig-cache.txt

I have previously used TrueCrypt for creating encrypted directories on servers. I am now trying ecryptfs due to the end of development announcement in May. I see that when I encrypt a directory and ...
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Steps for building a good File Encryption on Android

I want to be able to build a good file encryption on android for a cloud app. The files used are mainly pdfs, pngs, docs, audio, video, etc (all sorts of files). Edit: My constrains are that it ...
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Javascript file detection

One common technique I use is xor bruteforcing on binary data. In this case, I would like a heuristic approach to determine whether or not any possible candidate plaintexts are javascript. This rules ...
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Encrypted NAS where only clients know the (decryption) key

Is there an implementation of a file-sharing network protocol where the server has no idea what data is being stored, but can serve the encrypted files to clients that will decrypt them on-the-fly (if ...
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Permutation based file secure

I have a thought. 1. Take a file. 2. Read number of bytes. If its less than 2048, padd it till 2048 3. Read each byte. And create a single file which contains the particular byte. Give a random name ...
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Is eCryptfs vulverable when storing known file trees?

I use the standard Ubuntu eCryptfs setup to encrypt my home folder. As far as I can tell it encrypts the files and their names, but the directory hierarchy is essentially the same. Every git ...
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Is it possible to encrypt Word Docs with something other than default?

AES 128-bit advanced encryption is fairly simple to break and was wondering if there was any way to use a more secure one? And if so - any suggestions?
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NaCL: Encrypt file to multiple recipients

I am trying to understand the Networking And Cryptography Library (NaCL). Consider i have a file that i want to send to multiple recipients. PGP or S/MIME supports multiple recipients by encrypting ...
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Can I keep large encrypted files in my mailbox on mail provider server?

Is there any restriction or policy of large e-mail providers (such as GMail, Yahoo, Hotmail and similar) for keeping/storing large encrypted files by the users within their disk quota in 3rd party ...
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Is building an NFC payment app without a secure element like Apple Pay fundamentally insecure?

Suppose I work for a bank and am asked to write an NFC payment app for the iPhone 6 or Android but not use Apple Pay. To simply send the credit card details to the reader via NFC. Now assume I'm not ...
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Encrypt pdf by the server to prevent printing and copying

We are building a portal where users can upload few materials. we have been successful in using the command lines of linux to convert doc,ppts to pdf directly through the server but we are not able to ...
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Receiving sensitive data uploaded on a Web server, and remotely accessing it without exposing it to theft

Edit: I mostly used my university's guidelines on how to meet DPA standards and their own. I extrapolated a bit because encryption on a VM hosted by my uni that is already probably encrypted makes ...
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Preventing/Detecting forgery of logs generated in a potentially hostile environment

I have an application that runs on some host machine and generates logs. Later in the day those logs are securely transmitted to my machine. The problem is that while the logs are being generated I ...
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Encrypting a huffman encoded file

I wrote a huffman encoding program that can compress and decompress files. The file contains a header which contains information that allows me to retrieve the huffman tree. I wanted to add a simple ...
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How to transfer securely a file between servers?

Let's say I have two Linux servers. One containing a desktop app database (running on a local network) and a webserver. I want to automatically transfer each hour a database file (with a size of a ...
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Identifying/decrypting hashed/encrypted data [closed]

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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Can I test/determine all decryption types on an unkown filetype. I do have the password [closed]

I have a file that's nearly 200Mb. It was reportedly packed/encrypted with Kruptos 2. But it has a .~enc extension. The header of the file is pure gibberish. Running file says it's data running ...
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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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Completely Protected Virtual Folder

I am a Python / C developer currently working on a extremely important piece of software. The details of the code will not be mentioned, and the only place the code appears is on my own hard drive, in ...
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Where to save digital content and prevent sharing?

I've been inspired by the answer to the question here: Location to store an encryption key It gave me a lot to think about. My friend and I are building a website and we've encountered a problem in ...
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Why providing many protected zip files will increase the chance of retrieving the password

In fcrackzip man they say : the more files you provide, the better. I want to know why. What's the method it uses to retrieve the password?
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Is storing the private key and public keys in same directory on server recommended, like OwnCloud does?

Is this recommended or a good/normal practice? I think not. Because I saw that OwnCloud stores all encryption keys in one directory on the server. One directory contains the private key(s) and one all ...
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Securing data on a server

I have a server which has 'loose' physical security (somewhat easy for the entire server to get stolen). For the sake of the question, let's assume that anyone can access the server physically, what ...