Questions tagged [file-encryption]

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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Recognise tool by which file was encrypted [duplicate]

I have file with extension *.encrypted. Can you give me some advice how to recognise by witch tool was this file encrypted? It´s not encrypted by some ransomware but by some encrypt tool. When I open ...
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Dropbox ransomware experience

How Dropbox handles ransomware issues? Can it effectively restore files encrypted by ransomware? The reason I am asking is because I am looking for a bullet-proof solution against ransomware and ...
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openssl vs gpg for file based encryption? Pros vs cons for security?

I want to encrypt a tar archive and optionally a block file system (akin to DMG image). Does anyone know the pros vs cons of encrypting each with OpenSSL vs GPG? I ask because some have stated that ...
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Keep encrypted files in sync on a cloud service, without having to upload an entire encrypted volume each time

Situation: User has several folders worth of GBs which they want to keep in sync on a cloud service (for example Mega or Dropbox) in an encrypted form; User does not want to sync a single encrypted ...
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Is it safe to upload a read-only encrypted volume to a cloud folder?

I know keeping an active encrypted volume (like a VeraCrypt drive or a simple zip folder encrypted with AES256) on Dropbox/OneDrive/Gdrive/etc. is risky; data can be corrupted and the pattern of ...
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Excel 2007 Encryption Strength

With a strong password of 10+ characters, mixed case, etc... is the encryption of an Excel 2007 document secure enough to create reasonably strong defense against a brute force attack? What ...
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Using the same passphrase for files and filenames with filesystem-level encryption such as eCryptfs

In filesystem-level encryption schemes where files are encrypted and stored individually, filenames may or may not be encrypted. eCryptfs allows to encrypt filenames with a different key than the one ...
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Is it safe to keep my KeePassX database on my server or cloud with encryption? [duplicate]

My KeePassX file has a long and strong password. I've read several articles and discussions about how safe it'll be stored such a file on VPS or cloud service such as Dropbox. There was no consensus ...
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Can Gmail read password protected .docx files?

Can Gmail read MS-Word .docx 2011 (OS X) files that require a password to open? As I understand it, Gmail servers read emails and attachments in their efforts to characterize users for advertising ...
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Encrypted password inside compressed archive

File compression utilities like Winrar or ZIP or 7zip encrypt the password and store it inside the archive. How safe is that? I mean you are giving away the archive with the password inside,it's not ...
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Is there any mechanism that using multiple keys encrypt and decrypt a shared document?

I wanted to achieve the following mechanism to encrypt a document each person in a group of N (user a, b, c...)has her own key; user a and user b somehow decided to encrypt document M, and they can ...
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Securing a file from getting stolen in an Android application?

I have a secret file which I cannot encrypt (because I am using it in a third party library) in an Android app which I want to protect from reverse engineering. The app will go public on Google Play ...
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Win10: Access other logged on users' memory

How easily can admin users access the data of other users' running processes on Windows 10? Especially webpages loaded by Chrome. Example Context Bob and Alice share a single Windows 10 ...
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What are `dd` input blocks? [closed]

I'm looking for a semi-technical explanation of "input blocks". When creating encrypted containers we use dd with "count=n", but I'm not sure of the difference between "count=0" and "count=1". The dd ...
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How to encrypt files on my SD card and still be able to access them on my phone seamlessly?

I'm looking for a way to encrypt files on my SD card in a way that I could still access them on my phone without huge delays if the file is big (100mb). Is there such a way to do it? I'm using ...
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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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PDF file encrypted with my password, does that mean my password is stored in plaintext?

Every month, I receive an encrypted Portable Document Format (PDF) file with my payslip. I can open the file for reading with my password. Without providing my password, I cannot open the file at ...
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Should a password based AES CBC encrypted string have extra security?

For a Java application that I wrote, I take a password provided by a user and generate a 128-bit AES key from it using 100,000 iterations of PBKDF2-HMAC-SHA512 with a randomly generated 512-bit salt. ...
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Encryption before backing up to the Cloud

I have collected a lot of data (approx 3TB) in photos and videos over the years, I've been upgrading to newer and bigger hard disks and luckily they've not failed on me. I've realized that my access ...
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Outsmart Google Drive censorship with 7zip encryption

I use sometimes Google Drive for sharing large files. Google Drive is fast and user friendly. I don't wish that Google sees the content of my files and try to encrypt the filename and content. My ...
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lost key-files for encrypted files [closed]

I had encrypted a file on my computer but the computer got infected by a virus, so I reinstalled Windows on my computer. All my key-files have gone. Is there a way to recreate the lost key-files, as ...
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How safe (for privacy/security) is ZIP for file encryption of backups on a flash drive

I am looking to encrypt files on a flash drive (for backup) just in case it gets stolen or lost. I don't want to install any extra software like TrueCrypt but instead just use what's already there on ...
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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 crypt. 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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Is an HMAC hash of plaintext data secure enough to use as a lookup index for encrypted data

I'm working on an app that will download files from external servers over https and store them on disk in a relatively secure way. Specifically, using a cryptographically unique IV, an AES256 cipher ...
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Program or method to create an encrypted bulk file container [closed]

I have several hundred gigs of data that I store on a NAS for my own usage. The NAS storage solution manages local encryption, however I am looking into cloud backup solutions for disaster recovery. ...
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What client side encryption algorithm/libraries should I use to make syncing easier?

I want to build a webapp and a sister mobile app (using react native) that uses client side encryption. The encryption would be for text entries written on a daily basis that the user could create and ...
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Encrypt/Isolate files of the Software

We want to create a secure email client based on Thunderbird source code and looking for a method to encrypt files or to isolate files from being stolen by some malware. and to avoid infecting pc via ...
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Decrypt to memory for editing

I am looking for a secure way to edit sensitive text data, using Git and Vim in the process. An ideal solution would be: clone the encrypted git repository into memory; decrypt into memory; do the ...
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encryption - how to secure files - decrypting exposes them on ssd

Let's say I have an encrypted file. Now I decrypt it but since my computer only has ssd, i decrypt it on the ssd drive. Say, I make changes or I finish using the decrypted file so I encrypt it again. ...
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Should I store my encrypted password's salt and initialization vector as clear text?

I'm encrypting some file with AES-256-CBC, and I'm planning to store the cipher text in a json file, with something like: { "data": "0123456789ABCDEF...", "salt": "00123ABCAABBCCDD...", "...
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What kind of encryption is this file using? It used to be plain text

I was collecting data and building a database from a mobile game on Android. Here's an after/before image. If I do CTRL + A and copy paste on the left side, all information gets copied to clipboard ...
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The data(username,passwords) stored in app bundle is safe in a jailbroken ios device

I was testing an iphone application in a jail broken device. I happend to see an intresting thing that the username and passwords are stored in a plist file and Cache.db file in preferences directory ...
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Encrypt entire CSV file, but decrypt only specific fields?

I have some data in CSV file, say data.csv with columns age, sex, country and status. Is it possible I could encrypt the entire CSV file some way which allows me to fetch only selected columns, say ...
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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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Is it safe to store VeraCrypt or TrueCrypt container inside RAR - could this method corrupt the file?

I need to split my container into smaller files. So plan is this: I create RAR archive and let it split into about 10 smaller archives, no compression and I also add password for extra security. Is ...
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Susceptibility of 7z encrypted archive files to man in the middle attacks

Given: A file (assume 1 GB in size) is encrypted along with filenames using 7zip into a 7z archive using AES-256 The file is uploaded to a cloud storage service such as those offered by Google, ...
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What is the best practice for encrypting and storing temp data on client?

I have a client-server system, where the client is an Android app. The client and the server communicate over HTTP. If the server/network is not available, then the client has to store the data ...
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Forgot password to 7-Zip archive

I think I already know the answer to this question, but I thought I'd ask the experts anyway. A few months back, I created a password-protected 7-Zip archive which housed the source code of a simple ...
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What is Cryptographic metadata

I'm learning about how to encrypt a file in a computer system. I'm reading this: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/disk_encryption Here I found an notation: Cryptographic metadata. As I know, ...
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eCryptfs: what if I remove ~/.ecryptfs

I'm learning how to use eCryptfs: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/ECryptfs I get things as below from the link: This is used to derive the actual file encryption master key. Thus, you ...
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Differences between using an encrypted container and encrypting a partition

I would like to store encrypted backups on an external hard disk and am wondering what the differences are between creating an encrypted (Veracrypt) container and creating an encrypted partition. Are ...
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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, it's not out of reach that this ...
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truecrypt volume - Recover 18char known password with hashcat (characters variations)

I have an old truecrypt file that I'd like to decrypt. I know the 18 characters password I was using at the time, I'm sure of it. However I made a "variation" of it : I mapped some characters to l33t ...
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Are encrypted files safe in Windows 10 when using PINs?

In Secrets and Lies, Bruce Schneier writes: Many keys are generated from passwords or passphrases. A system that accepts 10-character ASCII passwords might require 80 bits to represent, but has ...
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Is there readily available encryption algorithms for current computers, that is safe from quantum computers?

Is there readily available encryption algorithms for current computers, that is safe from quantum computers? I know a bunch of currently popular encryption algorithms that are safe from current ...
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Storing encryption keys [closed]

Think of this scenario: you've got an application that manages some files some of these files contain sensitive data that should be encrypted on disk the application is configured to start by itself ...
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Is it possible to read a text file inside a password-protected zip file without the password?

I have a text file (.txt) compressed in ZIP format protected by a password. I think it has only one line of text and I want to see the contents of this file. I tried fcrackzip but I think the ...
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Is this protection for customer data both secure and fast enough?

A small electrical installation company has a big list of customers. The list contains personal information like names, phone numbers, addresses, info (like what product/installation) and some small ...
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Why are SSH host keys stored un-encrypted?

Do we have any standard way to encrypt SSH host keys (like /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key)? If not, why is it stored in plaintext? Isn't it sensitive information?
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Recommended practice for laptop encryption: nested encryption?

Until now I have used a laptop that has a single folder encrypted (using filevault2) containing my passwords and bank stuffs. I am getting a new laptop that encourages full-disk encryption. This ...