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Why is GPG file encryption so much slower than other AES implementations?

Correct me if I'm wrong: When encrypting a file, GPG creates a one-off AES encryption key and encrypts that key using RSA. This is supposedly to take advantage of AES's superior performance when ...
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How could police identify digital contraband and charge someone if it's encrypted with keys?

For example, say I am transferring heavily-encrypted DVD/Blu-ray movies/game copies over the internet. However, I am using double or (+) encryption with keys required to decrypt the file using an ...
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How encryption/decryption works 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 PBKDF2 algorithm (or any such algorithm).For encrypting a file I'll input my ...
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How secure is EncFS compared to TrueCrypt?

If I choose the paranoia option for EncFS and for TrueCrypt I create containers using the encryption algorithm AES-Twofish-Serpent and the Hash Algorithm Whirlpool. Are both methods equally secure, ...
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What does Windows's built-in encryption do, if I can seemingly always read my encrypted files?

I'm playing around with certificates and encryption on a Windows system, but either it isn't working or I don't know how it should works. When I encrypt a file its name changes to green. But then, I ...
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How can I allow acces to encrypted data if only 2 out of 3 users provide a secret?

I want to encrypt data, but make sure that no single user can decrypt the data. Further, it is important not to require ALL users to be present to decrypt. This will allow for some flexibility and ...
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How to generate Initalization Vectors correctly

I'm working on a project that splits large files into several encrypted fixed-size blocks (e.g. 4KiB). Those blocks shall be used to be stored persistently on a storage device. Blocks are encrypted ...
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What does Gazzang zNcrypt actually protect against?

In an effort to increase security of our website, I'm reading up on Gazzang zNcrypt, which claims to protect data in databases from breaches. Technically, it seems to do filesystem encryption. As far ...
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What is the best practice to save encryption and decryption method in an application?

Almost all the application regardless of their nature and purpose are using encryption to secure sensitive data to be saved to database, if the user using a method to encrypt a file (for instance an ...
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Protecting personal documents in cloud

I want to keep my personal documents in cloud e.g. Dropbox. But I want some of my documents be encryted and password protected, such that: 1. even if my Dropbox gets hacked, those documents still have ...
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Explain real world symmetric key encryption

I'm new to cryptography. While reading about symmetric key encryption, it was mentioned that it requires secret key exchange so that 2 parties can decrypt the ciphertext. Now, using some encryption ...
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AES + CBC to encrypt individual local files, fixed IV?

I am using AES and CBC to encrypt a local files separately. I don't plan to transmit them over any network. What are the risks of using a fixed IV for my encrypting application? The only problem I ...
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How to make a secure key distribution scheme/protocol?

We are building a data processing platform on Amazon AWS. We are going to store sensitive data in the S3 (encrypted) and then the Amazon EC2 node is going to be utilized to process this data. We are ...
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How get data from password protected rar file?

I want retrieve documents from a password protected rar file? I know brute force and dictionary method. Is there any other method to get data?
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Can email be encrypted before it reaches the mail server? If not, is there something that would allow something like this that's being worked on?

I was thinking about hosting my own email (own email server) instead of using Gmail. But then I realized I could never host my email on a server where I'm also hosting Wordpress. That is because I ...
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Seeking lightweight encryption - shareable between Delphi & C

I want to encrypt a text file in Delphi & decrypt it, line by line, in C on an embedded system which does not have much RAM (so, only one line in RAM at a time). FOSS must be available for both ...
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950 views

truecrypt second encryption of the master and XTS key with a back door password

this table was published by (Ubuntu Privacy Remix Team ), in an analysis document, anyway i was quite skeptical. On file based containers as well as on completely encrypted partitions or drives ...
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Could a consumer-friendly PGP-like file encryption application theoretically be secure?

In a situation where there are desktop and mobile clients, and a central public key repository to and from which the desktop and mobile clients automatically upload and download public keys as needed, ...
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Is proper documentation on .xef files available anywhere?

WinACE encrypts files (using one of its 8 methods) into a file with the extension .xef. I'd want to see some documentation on this file format but I couldn't find anything... I'm particularly ...
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Excel 2007 Encryption Strength

With a strong password of 10+ characters, mixed case, etc... Is the encryption of a Excel 2007 document secure enough to create reasonably strong defense against a brute force attack? What encryption ...
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Is there a way to store user files without being able to decrypt them?

I'd want to build a secure file storage web application. Currently ordinary password authentication is used for login. After login this password is used for encryption and decryption of user files at ...
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How to use 'key material' so that multiple people can access protected files?

I'm not sure if this is the right SE to ask this question, but it seems more I have a database of files that needs to be encrypted such that multiple people with different passwords/logins to this ...
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How secure is using this (p3 Python) module to encrypt a file?

I've recently been looking for a good (enough) method to encrypt files, and I came across this thing. It says that it's a Simple p3 encryption "algorithm": it's just SHA used as a stream cipher ...
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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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Good file encryption tools

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Secure cleaning of deleted files

So I know how to secure delete files. But at our company, we have a laptop which had many important documents, which now have been deleted, but not in a secure way. We can't perform a full format of ...
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How secure is NTFS encryption?

How secure is the data in a encrypted NTFS folder on Windows (XP, 7)? (The encryption option under file|folder -> properties -> advanced -> encrypt.) If the user uses a decent password, can this ...
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How can I decrypt data with Java, without hard-coding the key?

I hope this is not a chicken-egg problem or reinventing the wheel but here goes. I have a Java application that needs to access a password protected file (actually during the application startup). The ...
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How secure is a Windows password protected zip file?

I need to send some sensitive information to a client. I thought I would email a password protected zip file I created using Windows XP and then call them with the password. Presuming I pick a good ...
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Encrypting data by parts vs encrypting the whole data

Suppose I have a file with records, and I have two options to encrypt it: encrypt the file as a whole encrypt each record separately and store them together. Which way is generally preferable and ...
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Security of using passwords or even passphrases to encrypt files

Is it ever appropriate to use real-world passwords to encrypt files to be sent via unsecure means. By real world, I mean a password that is memorable and memorisable by a mere person? I am implying ...
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Simple way to encrypt files on Linux and decrypt on Windows?

We are in need of an encryption process for backups of very valuable data. This data will be stored on a distributed filesystem, so even with permissions set right, its not out of reach that this data ...
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Encrypting files in a windows environment

We have certain client data which must be encrypted at all times. The part we have been struggling with is encrypting files on network shares. Currently we have network folders encrypted using PGP ...
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What's the standard way to encrypt a file with a public key in Java?

I'm writing a client app in Java that sends encrypted data back to the server. All clients have my RSA public key. Is there a standard way to encrypt a given file with it to send it back to the ...