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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User password as offline encryption key

I want to store a file encrypted on the user's device for offline access. Since they don't have an internet connection, they can't sign in with their username/password and receive a secret key, so my ...
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VeraCrypt: create encrypted container: Volume Format: Options: Filesystem: None?

I see VeraCrypt has an option to create an encrypted container with no filesystem. How is this possible? If there is not filesystem there, then how can I place my files or folders in the container? Is ...
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Encrypted config file in VCS

The problem: I have a project with a config file for development and production. I want the production config file to live in VCS to make it easy to checkout a tag and build a particular version of ...
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How safe would it be to store encrypted files on an unknown server? [closed]

This is a theoretical question, basically, if I'd store a file that is encrypted by modern standards on an unknown server, hardware, disk; Would any malicious user be able to crack it? I was ...
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Secure sharing between Windows computers

I'm working on a project to setup a secure system to share files between 5 Windows computers. The computers are part of a domain so could have multiple different users logging in (based on an AD group)...
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Does MDC integrity protection matter in symmetric encrypt/decrypt of local files?

I'm configuring scripts etc. to use GPG's symmetric mode to encrypt some files on my home desktop system. When I want to edit one of the encrypted files I decrypt it and pipe it into my editor and ...
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Is the 'demo' scrypt a good choice for file encryption?

The scrypt command line utility (see http://www.tarsnap.com/scrypt.html) is actually just a demonstration of the script password hashing algorithm. However, for simple command line encryption of ...
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Is ccrypt 'AES 256' file encryption fundamentally flawed

The unix/linux utility ccrypt claims to be a more secure replacement for the old unix cryypt. However it seems to me that it has a fundamental flaw. When you encrypt a file using ccrypt it uses the ...
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Hashing Based Encryption

Let's say you take a 256 bit key and never use it to encrypt anything. You receive a message with a 16 character unique randomly generated salt pre-pended. You salt your key with the 16 character ...
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PDF file encrypted with my password, does that mean my password is stored in plaintext?

I received an encrypted Portable Document Format (PDF) file that I can decrypt with my password. Without providing my password, I cannot open the file at all. Does that mean whoever created the PDF ...
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Am I legally required to give passwords or keys for encypted data during an criminal investigation? [closed]

During an investigation where one is a suspect or one may have information about a suspect, is one required to relinquish passwords or keys to personal encrypted data to the authorities? For ...
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Does Sookasa really make Dropbox more secure? [closed]

Sookasa is a service that integrates with Dropbox and claims to make your files more secure by seamlessly encrypting them. In their article Is Dropbox secure? 3 weaknesses you should know about, ...
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Secure way to create encrypted file

What is the secure way to encrypt a file with a key? Since it will be a small file, is using AES good enough for this assuming I keep the key in memory? So what I can do is just use AES for encryption/...
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Securely encrypt drive, able to be decrypted independently of the OS [closed]

I need a software to encrypt drives like USB pens, disc drives, ... to securely store the data. But most of the software I've found to encrypt and decrypt drives is OS dependent. For example Windows ...
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Secure backup encryption with OpenSSL

I know, the general advice is "keep your hands off crypto stuff". And the standard way to encrypt backup data securely would be using GnuPG. However, for a rather academic exercise, I would like to ...
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What security scheme is used by PDF password encryption, and why is it so weak?

Many PDFs are distributed as encrypted PDFs to lock out some of their functionality (eg printing, writing, copying). However, PDF cracking software is available online, which usually cracks the PDF ...
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File encryption that supports random read access? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a file encryption algorithm (or library) that supports efficient random access to the cleartext. That is, given an encrypted file, I need to be able to repeatedly read arbitrary byte-...
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Standard (or solution) for securing files in a point-to-point integration

I'm looking for a relatively light weight way to secure both integrity and confidentiality for files being uploaded in a point-to-point integration. The use case is uploading batch files for ...
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A Solution for Block/File Encryption that is Corruption Resilient? [closed]

Question: What encryption features/(configuration options) are implemented that mitigate issues with device/block corruption? For example, if the external hard-drive gets dropped, the damaged ...
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Protecting Uploaded Confidential Files [closed]

We have a web application in Linux (App A) using PHP and Zend and another in Windows using Asp.net C# (App B). They both access the same database. App B is for internal use only while App A can be ...
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Does a solution exist for transferring large files across a network that is faster, yet just as secure as scp? [closed]

I'm posting this here rather than unix/linux, because the primary deal breaker here would be a deteriorated security layer. I'm wondering if there are (noticeably) faster solutions available for ...
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What is the best solution to encrypt pagefile?

I want to encrypt my pagefile.sys. I do not need to access information from it, so I don't need the encryption key after restart. I have these four alternatives: AES-256 key in Cipher Block ...
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How to authenticate users?

I'm in the scenario that I'm planning a detailed description on "how to securely encrypt files" without putting too much in one Q/A. So, in a file-encryption scenario, what are the possible ways to ...
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Is there a better way to have secure downloads without the requirement of an account?

The Job You have the task of providing large files with sensitive data to people outside your company. Limitations and mandates Recipients of the data must be notified by email The size of the ...
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Would AES encryption of a small number of blocks be less secure than encrypting a large, fixed-size padded buffer?

My application encrypts a file with AES, and the data is read, encrypted and written with a buffer. It's size is defined with a BUF_SIZE value, which is constant. I will try to explain my question ...
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Safely remove original file after encryption

My application encrypts a file, and the result is written to a different one. How do I safely remove the original one (C++)? Update. Wow! The problem is more complicated than I thought of it... 1) ...
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Risk of temporarily unencrypted data during transmission between systems

I have encountered a situation where sensitive data files are saved unencrypted to server file directories temporarily for 1 to 30 minutes before being sent to a destination application. The data ...
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Files encryption for flash drive privacy/security

Looking to encrypt files on flash drive (for backup) just in case it gets stolen or lost. Don't want to install any extra software like TrueCrypt but instead just use what's already on most computers. ...
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Linux Plausibly Deniable File System

Is there any way to encrypt a linux filesystem in such a way to maintain plausible deniability? E.g. "Hidden OS support," the way Truecrypt and Veracrypt work, they only support Windows OS due to low ...
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Does it increase the security if we split data to n pieces and encrypt each one with different key and different algorithm?

For example: a 10 MB file will be sliced to 10 pieces (each 1 MB) and then dispersed between network nodes. Each node will encrypt it with its own key and different algorithm (AES, TwoFish, Blowfish, ...
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Is Cryptree suitable for cloud storage?

I'm evaluating a cloud storage product. The marketing literature states it uses Cryptree. I pulled the paper and performed a quick read, but I don't see where Cryptree lends itself to confidentiality ...
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Determine Security Of A PDF File [closed]

How do I find the exact encryption on a PDF file? I can't seem to get a direct answer on the net. For example how do I tell if a document is PDF 1.1 - 1.3 (Acrobat 2 - 4), PDF 1.4 - 1.6 (Acrobat 5 - 8)...
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Hiding symmetric key inside encrypted data

My server generates an AES encrypted file which when downloaded acts as an input for an application. So, should I hardcode the symmetric key inside the application or should I randomly generate the ...
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On the fly encryption for unencrypted cloud services?

Today Amazon announced their Cloud Drive with unlimited storage for only 60$/yr. Microsoft did the same with Office 365 a while ago. I don't really want to entrust either service with my dearest ...
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JKS - Keystore protection and configuration file

It appears that Java Keystore is often used by web server using a configuration file, with the password opening the JKS written in it and also the password protecting the specific entry. How could ...
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Simple open-source file encryption tool

I want to securely encrypt files, with an open algorithm. So, i've constructed the simple openSSL shell command. How secure is it? function aes-enc() { openssl enc -aes-256-cbc -e -in $1 -out "$1....
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Brief staging area for unencrypted files

I have an integration workflow where: A server retrieves remote file via an encrypted connection. The file is unencrypted. The server runs linux (Ubuntu 14.04LTS). The file is downloaded to a ...
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Why my files that Encrypted with EFS in Windows 8.1 shown in Linux ubuntu?

i Encrypted my files with EFS in windows 8.1 so i logged in ubuntu and without any warning , its shown my files actually not Exactly the file but shown the path of file and the name and i can ...
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Purpose of Initialization Vector in File Encryption and Authentication (FEA)?

I came across this schematic of FEA implementation using RSA and AES: Suppose that PKB is Bob's public key, PKA is Alice's public key, SKB is Bob's private key, SKA is Alice's private key, Ks is the ...
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rainbow table for AES 256 CBC knowing IV, cipher text and plain text

I'm in a situation where I know that I have to decrypt a file encrypted using AES 256 CBC and I've the following details: I know the first 16 bytes block in plain text I know the IV (static 128 bit ...
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Is ENCFS secure for encrypting Dropbox?

I've encrypted my dropbox-folder with encfs according to a few tutorials I found on the web, advocating this approach. But I've found the following critical statement concerning encfs'security in ...
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Can zip files be cracked if they were split into parts and only one part was available?

I am talking here about zip files that were compressed using basic protection and those using AES protection. In both cases, if only one of the many parts of the zip were available, will it be able to ...
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Technology that can survive a “Rubber-Hose attack”

In the documentary film Citizenfour, Edward Snowden says about documents: I'm comfortable in my technical ability to protect [documents]. I mean you could literally shoot me or torture me and ...
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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 ...