"Future-proofing is the process of anticipating the future and developing methods of minimizing the effects of shocks and stresses of future events."

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Is sha1sum still secure for downloadable software packages signature?

We use sha1sum to calculate SHA-1 hash value of our packages. Clarification about the usage: We distribute some software packages, and we want users to be able to check that what they downloaded is ...
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For which time-frame should we assume quantum computers? [closed]

It is generally known that we choose our key-lengths, so they are unbreakable in a specific time frame. For example we choose 112 bit keys (=2048-bit RSA) to protect data for the next few years and we ...
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future of graphical password authentication [closed]

I'm a student currently pursuing my Engineering in Computers. I'm planning to put all my knowledge in and try to actually implement something related to security. To be more specific I'm more ...
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Is cryptography possible without volatile memory?

AFAIK, our current disk encryption methods (dm-crypt) preserve the key (as well as decrypted data) in RAM while the computer is running with an implicit assumption that the memory is volatile and key ...
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Ciphertext for email vs Ciphertext for database

Let's say Bob wants to send a message to Alice. This communication requires to achieve confidentiality, integrity, proof of origin, non-repudiation. Therefore we can use this cipher-text: ciphertext ...
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How can we factor Moore's law into password cracking estimates?

How would we go about factoring Moore's law into exceedingly long password cracking estimates? Let's say we've got a 12 character password containing mixed-case alpha characters and numbers, i.e. ...