Disk encryption is the process by which every bit of data on a disk is encrypted, protecting it against unauthorized persons.

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Which TrueCrypt Algorithm is the safest?

If performance is of no concern, which TrueCrypt algorithm is the safest to use? AES Serpent Triple DES Twofish AES-Twofish AES-Twofish-Serpent Serpent-AES Serpent-Twofish-AES Twofish-Serpent
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SSH with authorized_keys to an Ubuntu system with encrypted homedir?

I recently set up a new server with Ubuntu karmic 9.10, and when I created my home directory I chose to make it encrypted. Now, after loading my authorized_keys file into ~/.ssh, it isn't recognized ...
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How do I wipe an encrypted USB flash drive?

My company has issued an encrypted USB flash drive which I stored my personal data in it. I am resigning from the company and I wanted to wipe the data in the usb drive but I have forgotten the ...
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How do I resize a FileVault 2 encrypted partition?

Running Mac OS X Lion. My current setup is a 250 GB partition, encrypted by FileVault2, for Lion. Old Snow Leopard install is in second half, another 250 GB partition, unencrypted, of the same disk. ...
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Reading an encfs volume from Windows?

I've been looking into encfs as a solution to encrypt my personal data. However I want to access this data both on Linux and Windows on different machines (synced through Dropbox). So far all Google ...
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What software should I use to encrypt my hard drive? [closed]

I am currently running Windows 7 RC x64 on my home system, and am interested in encrypting my hard drive. I've heard good things about TrueCrypt, but am curious what other folks might suggest. I ...
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is there a way to stop mac osx disk encryption in progress?

I chose a 1T external drive for time machine and checked the "encrypt backups" option. I thought it will only encrypt the backups, but as it seems it is now encrypting the whole drive which has quite ...
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Want an easy to use Linux disk encryption scheme

In the interests of protecting personal info in case a laptop gets stolen, I'm looking for the best way to encrypt a Linux system. Disadvantages of whole disk encryption including swap: Pre-boot ...
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How do I encrypt a Samsung Evo 840 SSD?

I've purchased a HP Envy 15-j005ea laptop which I have upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro. I have also removed the HDD and replaced it with a 1TB Samsung Evo 840 SSD. I now wish to encrypt the drive to ...
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What is the easiest way to encrypt a dir? (on Ubuntu)

What is the easiest way to encrypt a directory on a Ubuntu based system? Let's say I have a laptop that is running Ubuntu 10.04, and on that I have some documents that should be kept safe (if I lose ...
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Trying to delete directory with “rm -rf”, but get message that it's not empty

I've tried deleting a directory using "rm -rf" and I'm getting the message "Directory not empty": Bens-MacBook-Pro:please benjaminhocking$ ls -lart empty_directory/ total 16 drwxr-xr-x 5 ...
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Why the results of Truecrypt and cryptsetup (LUKS) benchmarking are so different?

I want to encrypt a part of my HDD. But before that I wanted to benchmark the different algorithm available wondering if I should choose aes-xts-256 or aes-xts-512. Note: I don't have aes hardware ...
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encrypted backups for Linux and FreeBSD readable for both

I have a Linux and a FreeBSD computer, both encrypted (LUKS and geli respectively). I am wondering how to make backups that would also be encrypted and would be readable to both (so that if one of the ...
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Is TrueCrypt full disk encryption on windows 8 safe to use? [closed]

Since Windows 8 is currently still not 100% supported, I was wondering if full disk encryption is more or less safe to use in Windows 8. I couldn't find any info on that on the internet, so I used a ...
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How strong is ZFS encryption?

I've been playing with ZFS for quite a while, and was wondering how secure the disk encryption is for ZFS and how long it would hold up under a determined attack (I'm aware some of it has to do with ...
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Mac OS X full-disk encryption, with Time Machine

I want to encrypt at least my home partition on my MacBook Pro running OS X 10.5. I know both File Vault and TrueCrypt would do this, but I also want to keep on using Time Machine to back up my files....
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Full Disk Encryption with TPM, not subject to cold boot attack

Here's a passage from Wikipedia on BitLocker Once a BitLocker-protected machine is running, its keys are stored in memory where they may be susceptible to attack by a process that is able to ...
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Find out type of encrypted hard disk

say you get a random harddisk into your hands which is encrypted. is it possible just from the layout of the data to see what kind of encryption has been used? i.e. Bitlocker, Truecrypt, dcrypt?
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Correct misaligned encrypted partitions

I have encrypted my SSD with dm-crypt/LUKS to install an Archlinux in an LVM container. Here's a graph of the structure (it's in French but should be understandable): Now I realised I should have ...
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Does Linux support self-Encrypted Disk API?

In this article it is shown how easy it is to bypass BIOS ATA passphrases, and it ends with that using the disks self-Encryption Disk (SED) API from within the OS would not give a performance hit. On ...
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Linux Bitlocker equivalent

Bitlocker is a harddrive encryption data protection tool which comes with Windows Vista Ultimate and 7. Does anyone know an equivalent for Linux distros like Fedora and Ubuntu?
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How to encrypt data on an external hard drive?

I want to secure my external (1 TB) hard drive that I use as a physical back-up for my home computer so that if the drive is stolen (eg burglary) then the data is not easily accessible by a common or ...
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How do I determine what ciphers & cipher modes I can use in dm-crypt/LUKS?

I'm using an Ubuntu-based system, and I'm having difficulty determining what ciphers and cipher modes are available to me. The cryptsetup man page says: "See /proc/crypto for a list of available ...
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LVM Encrypted Physical Volume versus Encrypted Logical Volume. Am I safe?

I'm somehow new to disk encryption techniques in Linux, but I have the basic notions about encryption. Here my conditions: I need to have "full disk encryption", including "/", not just "/home". I ...
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Does full Volume encryption put an SSD into a fully used state?

SSDs, particularly of the common MLC variety, have a limited number of writes before the memory cells wear out. Through the use of wear leveling algorithms this is effectively worked around so that ...
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How to change pass phrase of full disk encryption?

I installed Ubuntu 12 with full disk encryption, and now I want to change the pass phrase. How can this be done?
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Encrypting my laptop hard drive

I've considered encrypting my laptop hard drive for a while now, but the only thing holding m back is my Microsoft SQL Server 2008 installation. I use my laptop for development and also have some ...
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Linux laptop encryption

What are my options for encrypting the /home directories of my Ubuntu laptops? They are currently setup without any encryption and some have /home as a separate partition whilst others don't. Most ...
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Bad performance with Linux software RAID5 and LUKS encryption

I have set up a Linux software RAID5 on three hard drives and want to encrypt it with cryptsetup/LUKS. My tests showed that the encryption leads to a massive performance decrease that I cannot explain....
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Securing a Linux server when there is potential physical access

We want to set up a Linux server (hosting Git or later SVN repositories) which should have all stored data strongly encrypted, so that if one steals the server the data cannot be read. For example, ...
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How to encrypt my system partition?

I want to encrypt my main hard drive (where I have my OS, programs, etc.) and I have looked for tutorials online but each one seems to follow different steps, some say that I need another partition to ...
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Create an auto-growing encrypted folder on linux?

I would like to create an encrypted folder on my ext4-data partition, where I can move some secret data into. how do I create such a folder? The drive is already more than half full, so is there a ...
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Is it possible to run TrueCrypt without administrative privileges?

I'm looking at FreeOTFE, I don't know if it's compatible with latest TrueCrypt. Upon starting, it immediately results in an error message: FreeOTFEExplorer.exe has encountered a problem and needs to ...
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How can I mount an encrypted LVM under Windows?

I have a virtual machine with Ubuntu server with an encrypted LVM. I set up a virtual drive using imdisk to access its virtual hard drive without running the virtual machine, but I can't find any way ...
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Advice on approaches to disk encryption in Ubuntu?

I'm considering encrypting the contents of my laptop, which runs Ubuntu 10.04 and has an ext4 + swap, and I'm wondering what the best options are here. I'm aware of: TrueCrypt: either block-level ...
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Extracting Data from a WD MyBook External Disk

I have a WD Essentials MyBook, which was working fine as my Time Machine volume on Snow Leopard. I have since upgraded to Lion and now the disk is really slow to access. I tried to take the disk out ...
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How to use ATA security on a hard disk in practice?

My SSD HD supports ATA Security. Does Macbook EFI and linux support it? I know hdparm does. Who will do the unlock at each bootup? Can I still set a password without erasing the disk? Update: removed ...
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How to setup disk-encryption with Ubuntu?

I'm interested how you can setup disk-encryption for Ubuntu, with as few hassle as possible.
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Why does BitLocker want a recovery key instead of a password?

I have a .vhd image of a BitLocker encrypted drive. When I mount and double click the drive, BitLocker wants me to enter a 48-digit recovery key and doesn't ask for a password. Why is that so and ...
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How is LUKS dm-crypt secure if the key is stored with the encrypted data?

I'm not a an expert in cryptography, but I've read the project's faqs. How is LUKS dm-crypt secure if the key is stored with the encrypted data? To me, this seems like hanging a door key on the door ...
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My Intel 320 SSD - is encryption automatic?

So, I have just received an Intel 320 series SSD. They state that once I set my ATA passsword (through the BIOS), that encryption will then be active. I see no sign of this noted in the SSD Toolkit ...
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Smart whole disk imaging backup compatible with TrueCrypt whole disk encryption?

I have used Acronis TrueImage whole-disk backups for a long time, and they've saved me on numerous occasions. The ease of restoring a system when you have a 3 day old full image of C:\ is just ...
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Creating a disk image of dm-crypt/LUKS encrypted LVM partition (Linux)

Is there any disk imaging software out there that can intelligently take an image of an encrypted LVM partition, if I provide the passphrase? I am referring to software that is similar to Clonezilla ...
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SSD Cache with FDE (TrueCrypt, BitLocker, etc) on Windows

I wanted to bring back an old question, but with a twist. It has been answered, how an SSD could be used as a caching drive for a larger, mechanical drive. What I am looking for is to have the same, ...
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Does a Windows 7 system volume encryption tool exist that allows remote unlocking via ssh during boot phase?

Does a tool/method exist which allows encrypting a Windows 7 system volume while providing the possibility to remotely unlock it via ssh during the boot phase? Is it even possible with Windows 7 (I ...
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How to share an encrypted storage on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux in a secure way

I got a 2 TB drive that I have to use with both Windows 8.1 / Windows 10 and Yosemite to OS X / OS X El Capitan and maybe even on Linux. I need to encrypt the volume. Or rather, I want to create two ...
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System encryption LUKS: What's the strongest and most secure key size?

I'm reading an article on the Arch Linux wiki about system encryption, in an example the author specified a 512 bit key. From what I read on Wikipedia regarding encryption ciphers it doesn't seem to ...
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Detecting a TPM chip?

I have a HP Mini 311-1000CA netbook running Windows 7 Ultimate. I'd really like to encrypt the harddrive using BitLocker but I am unsure as to how to work out if the Mini has a TPM chip or not. Any ...
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dd to clone 2 hard drives with 2 OSes and an encrypted partition

So, I have a question with this complex back-up process. My computer has a 32GB SSD, where Ubuntu 13.10 and all programs that run on that system are located. There is only one partition on that drive, ...
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Decrypting a TrueCrypt drive pulled from another machine

I work in a corporate environment and we are now required to encrypt laptops. I have already encrypted about 5 or 6 out of 40. I still have a few questions before we go all out with TrueCrypt. Can ...