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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Should I chunk or not for AES-GCM file encryption

New to file encryption. Need to use AES-GCM for file encryption, can't change the alg. Heard about the max plain text size should be 64GB with same key and IV pair. Environment is python 3 with ...
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Will using CTR mode with unique IVs, but only one password for encrypting multiple files, leak data or keys?

I'm working on a project to encrypt many files with a single password. The steps I will employ to encrypt the files are: user will execute a command similar to tool --encrypt --recurse directories/...
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Recover corrupted password protected Zip

Good evening. I have a password protected zip archive (Zip 2.0 CryptoZip) with a .txt file with sensitive info inside. The problem is that I can't extract it. 7Zip:"Data error : Wrong password?" ...
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Is there any Password Manager that supports Hardware-Based OTP encryption/decryption?

I see that some projects like KeepassXC use CR based OTP to provide some additional security. While this is discussed quite controversial my opinion is that - for quite some cases (e.g. most non-...
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Employ fscrypt to securely protect, from data-at-rest exposure, all files+data installed after an initial Linux system build?

Our team's goal We want to protect our sensitive data from being potentially data-at-rest exposed after we relinquish a Linux VPS (see below) provided by a hosting service. We're exploring simple(r) ...
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Windows Encrypted temp directory for files at rest in Windows?

It would be nice if there was an area on my computer where I could work with temp files that may contain sensitive information that could be encrypted with bitlocker or something similar when the ...
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How are files in file container (posibly in archive file) encrypted? [closed]

I see advantage of using container in it that offer work with more files rather than with one but is there some advantage in encryption technique?I would like to know if it encrypt each single file in ...
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Securely editing encrypted text files

My method for editing encrypted text files is to decrypt them in a RAM drive, edit them, and then encrypt them. What I'm worried about is information from my text files being transferred to non-...
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Does File-Based Encryption offer comparable security to Full-Disk Encryption on Android?

Between version 4.4 and 9, Android supported Full-Disk Encryption (FDE). On Android 7, a new system called File-Based Encryption (FBE) was introduced, and was subsequently made mandatory on Android 10....
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Bitlocker/Filevault and VeraCrypt together?

I'm researching ways to make the most secure encryption for additional fixed drives to protect against unknown vulnerabilities, side channel attacks, etc. Basically, securing the data beyond just a ...
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How long should zip encryption password be for it take 10 years to crack?

I am using zip 3.0.0 on macOS High Sierra and Ubuntu. Here is my zip version on macOS: $ zip --version | head Copyright (c) 1990-2008 Info-ZIP - Type 'zip "-L"' for software license. This is ...
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Is it safe to store my login credentials in a Veracrypt volume?

I have a list of login credentials (usernames and passwords) that I wanna keep safe. I'm planning to keep it in an encrypted Veracrypt virtual drive with AES, SHA-512, and an 8-character password. Is ...
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Generate Fake Encrypted Data

I want to create a file server that will be serving encrypted files without permissions. It would be really awesome if it were impossible for a hacker to tell if a file exists or not, so I am thinking ...
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Encrypting intellectual property on client side

Is it possible to effectively protect/encrypt intellectual property that is on the client side? Assume that I am selling a product (software) to clients, that contains intellectual data, for example ...
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Isn't it almost always not helpful to just change the password of a container after a leak?

Let's assume, an attacker gains access to an encrypted container with a weak password. They start a brute-force attack and I assume they will succeed. To protect any content which has been added to ...
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Is it still not advisable to use recent versions of EncFS >1.7 to encrypt Dropbox?

I'd like to use EncFS to encrypt files synced with Dropbox. Unfortunately, its Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EncFS mentions security concerns from an audit of version 1.7: EncFS is ...
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Do Veracrypt encrypted volumes have any kind of brute force protection?

I have a 10mb encrypted volume which I made with Veracrypt and was planning to upload it to the internet. I have a pretty strong password but was worried about its protection against brute force ...
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Which attributes does DPAPI's “UseMachineProtection” use to identify a machine?

We're using DPAPIProtectedConfigurationProvider from the Windows Data Protection API to encrypt an application config file. The API offers a property called UseMachineProtection, so that the config ...
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Can we write both encrypted text and plain text to the same file?

We have a requirement from customer to write payment transaction information to a text file. Of many lines of data per transaction, only one line contains cardholder information, which needs ...
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Encryption Using 7z or Zip File

I'm wondering which encrypted 7-Zip file format has better encryption: 7z with 256 AES or zip file with 256 AES? Assume that a strong password is used, then which encrypted 7zip file format has ...
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Which algorithm is safest if we exclude AES, Twofish, Serpent and Whirpool?

TLDR: Which algorithm is safest if we exclude AES, Twofish, Serpent and Whirpool? My threat model is archiving and backing up important and private files. Files will be stored in many places ...
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Is it too late to encrypt my already used USB drive?

I've had my USB for quite a while now. It contains quite a lot of personal information on it. (I know, I'm stupid for not encrypting it before hand). Is it too late to encrypt my drive even if files ...
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How is it possible that hardware-encrypted flash devices are safe?

I start with the fact that I understand how flash devices (pendrives) can be encrypted with software, for example Bitlocker. Simply, the encryption key is the password given during encryption and ...
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How to protect file integrity and history containing counters

I would like to create a solution that would sign the data and will have a increasing counter so I can track the number of signatures. One of the requirement is to have an increasing order of ...
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Is GPG symmetric (decryption) vulnerable?

Suppose a file (say, a text file source.txt) was encrypted into danger.gpg using GPG symmetric encryption on a compromised device. Since the device is compromised, danger.gpg could have been created ...
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When using openssl to encrypt a file, how would I create a key made up of specific letters? [closed]

I want to create a 128bit AES key made up of specific letters. I think I would need to use something like openssl genrsa -aes128 -out privkey.pem or openssl genrsa -out privkey.pem but I'm not ...
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Safe encryption algorithm that works with files bigger than 68GB

In my Java application, I used AES/GCM/NoPadding algorithm for encryption, however it throws an exception when I try to encrypt files bigger than ~68GB. From what I read, it is limit of data that can ...
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File integrity assurance

I have the following scenario : Two parties want to exchange files. First party publishes a file on a secure server First party sends to the second, a hash of the file in order to be able to verify ...
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How file-level security works?

How a file-level security system works internally? For example https://en.fasoo.com claims that if someone in your organization trys to leak information you will be noticed ( They didn't say this ...
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Will prepending random data (of random length) result in more secure communication?

Many files begin with a "well-known" header sequence which I imagine helps a lot in performing cryptanalysis over a huge number of data transfers. So I have the thought of prepending a block or two ...
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What program can Decrypt specific a Folder/Files during Windows Boot/Loading? (Windows)

I've been looking into Encryption of my data for some time now; I've decided to move ahead with VeraCrypt for encryption all of my partitions (I have 2 disks in 1 laptop) except for the OS (C:) ...
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Detecting Spoofed InDesign File Creation Date

I apologize for turning here with a question, my research both searching here and on Google has only turned up useless information. I believe that someone has sent me files that have had their file ...
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Storing files in database through encryption and Viewing them only on providing key for the file

I have this use case: User1 uploads his file into the database which should be encrypted. Any other users who request that file, user1 will be notified for approval, on approving other users should ...
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Best practice for config files for ec2 instances

I am building a lamp server ec2 image for a project we are doing. These images will be in an autoscaling group and on startup will be running startup script. THere are some config files that have ...
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Can I use RSA to encrypt an AES256 key that I put at the beginning of my AES256 encrypted file?

I have a master server generating large files for other (known) servers to download. Those files: Are quite big. From 20MB to 5GB. Are written once by the server and then it forgets about them. ...
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Encryption for cloud storage

Background / Requirements using a Windows machine hard drives are already (veracrypt) encrypted volumes not relying on any cloud service provider to trust them with their encryption file by file ...
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Backing up an encypted drive on an encrypted drive

I have searched, and have been unable to find an adequate answer to my question. My apologies as I'm sure this is a relatively elementary question for the users here. I have encrypted my Windows 10 ...
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How secure is a 100-bit password in 2018 and onwards?

Long story short, I share a server with a few other people and store my backups there. All these backups are archived to a .7z file using AES-256 encryption, using a randomly-generated password of ...
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Is there any 'Open Enrypted File Container' Format?

Tools that create 'encrypted file containers' use open encryption standards like AES to encrypt container contents, however the container format is proprietary, I am guessing, so need the same tool to ...
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Potential security issue with md5 filename

I've been storing files using a filename of the md5 hash of the file. This allows me to not store duplicates of the same file and avoids any filename clashes. Each file has uses a different salt/iv. ...
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Crypto-shredding & backups of keys

I was wondering, how is crypto-shredding implemented in an environment, where data backups/mirroring is mandatory for the "key database" - as it must not be possible to lose the machine/db with all ...
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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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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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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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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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