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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After How Much Data Encryption (AES-256) we should change key?

Considering AES-256 encryption, what is the maximum amount of data should be encrypted with one key? Does Block cipher modes/IV/counters also governs the limit? If say the maximum amount is 50GB, ...
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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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Windows 7 EFS - connot decrypt

I have some files on my laptop that were accidentally encrypted, I think by Visual Studio. I didn't even know that was possible. Anyway, the way I discovered they were encrypted was that I changed ...
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gpg encryption date or gpg version recoverable?

Is there a way to determine the date of encryption or the gpg version of a gpg-encrypted file (with symmetric encryption)? I lost the password but some rough information about when the file was ...
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Any good products that could crypt the files stored in laptops? [closed]

Thefts of laptops have become very common at my place, and losses of sensitive information is a a major concern for my businesses. So I wonder if there is any good products out there that could crypt ...
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WinZip encrypted file vs password protected file

How are password protected files and WinZip encrypted files different ? For example - if i have a excel file to be sent. Option 1 - I can send it as a password protected file. Option 2 - Encrypt it ...
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smart AND secure cloud document archive

I am thinking of creating a cloud-based document archive. The intention is to make it impossible for the system to read the users' files, and be more than just a storage provider. Looking at this ...
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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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How do I secure patient data cheaply in a small doctor's office?

I am a single practitioner with 3 work stations and a server. What is the best cost effective way to secure my data and I suppose encrypt it. The gov't wants us to prevent any unsecure access to ...
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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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Does password protecting an archived file actually encrypt it?

For example if I use WinRAR to encrypt a file and put a password on the archive how secure is it? I keep a personal journal and am thinking of doing this, or is there a better way? It's just one huge ...
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How to recover a lost zip file password

I have some files I was given by my teacher at University, I could chase him up, but I may as well try getting blood from a stone, his response rate isn't great and I completed my degree a year ago! ...
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Apple FileVault — would Apple build a backdoor?

Could Apple build a backdoor into it's FileVault encryption technology? Is that a risk you take of using a closed-source encryption product in general? Would using something like TrueCrypt be more ...
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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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Should an app remove or encrypt locally stored user data after a user logs out?

I’ve been poking around in the Application Support folder of a popular app, trying to extract some chat logs. (By “popular”, I mean that most people reading this will have heard of it. I’m not sure if ...
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About important hacks in history [closed]

I would like to know how important hacks happened, because I can figure out how they hacked a website but I can't figure out how did they hacked into NASA International Space Station source code. Or ...
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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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How to securely delete a table in MS-Access?

I have a Windows 7 computer which currently has a large working Microsoft Access 2007 database on it containing some tables with confidential data. I would like to securely delete/remove the tables ...
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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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How does FileVault 2 work with multiple decryption keys?

With FileVault 2, you can encrypt the hard-drive such that users on the computer can decrypt it with either of their passwords How does this work?
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How secure are the password files used by Password Safe and Password Gorilla?

Password Safe and Password Gorilla are both programs to manage passwords. Both store a list of user passwords in a file, which is encrypted using a master password. They use the same file format, so ...
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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 to protect from copying files?

Is possible to protect files from being copied if you are the administrator of a machine? I heard that this behaviour is possible: one software developer sells his software in such a way. He installs ...
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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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Encrypting an email server's local drives or filesystems

Planning to deploy a remote hosted mailer (Zimbra based) I need to make sure the local data on the machine is encrypted. Currently, the plan is to use the built in LUKS to encrypt /opt/zimbra and ...
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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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Recover EFS encrypted folder after wiping system partition

We've recently ran into trouble while reinstalling one of client's desktop computer. Disk was split into two master partitions named C: and D:. We wiped out C: and reinstalled system (Win XP SP2 ...
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How to encrypt an entire portable HDD, so that it cannot be read/written without the password for it?

I use a portable USB drive (Seagate FreeAgent Go Flex) to keep all my personal stuff, and though the HDD company does offer a password scheme to control access to it, that would work only on windows, ...
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Applying file deltas to an encrypted file

I am developing software that will be used for data backup. The server will run on Linux. Security in transportation is not an issue (HTTPS or SSH), but the data must be stored encrypted on the ...
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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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Are there any “real world” implementations of secret-sharing encryption schemes?

Imagine something like TrueCrypt where user A can decrypt his files, or any 3 of the 10 directors in his organization can decrypt user A's files. As I understand it this is similar to the way the ...
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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 ...