Encryption is the process of transforming information using an algorithm to make it unreadable to anyone except those possessing special knowledge.

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Data protection on HDD: trying to sort out relevant technologies

I'm trying to understand how I can protect data from being used if a computer or a hard drive disk is stolen. I'm looking for reasonable protection against non authorized access to private data ...
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Interrupted encryption using Windows 7 BitLocker

Can anyone help me please? While I was encrypting my hard drive with Windows 7's BitLocker, I accidentally pressed the "Cancel" button, and now my hard drive won't accept my password. Is there any ...
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Is https traffic over an unencrypted wireless network secure?

This is something I've wondered for a long time. If I am, say, using Gmail over https, can someone read my IM conversations and emails if I use an unsecured wireless network? I assume that the data ...
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How can I access volumes encrypted with LUKS/dm-crypt from Windows?

The answer to this question used to be FreeOTFE (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FreeOTFE); sadly, the project has not been updated for three years and its website (http://www.freeotfe.org) is no longer ...
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How can I encrypt the swap file under Windows 7?

Mac OS X has the ability to use "secure virtual memory", meaning that anything from RAM that is swapped out to disk is encrypted. This improves security by making sure no passwords / keys are ever ...
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saving and searching encrypted mail

I often send and receive gpg-encrypted mail. At the moment I use thunderbird + enigmail (in linux) to do that. As far as I know there is no way in thunderbird to find all encrypted messages which ...
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Is Gtalk communication encrypted?

What is the level of security offered by gtalk against eaves-dropping?
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Why don't email clients encrypt our mail by default? [closed]

jwz - Netscape 4.0 was not my fault. During that dark period, I worked with Lisa Repka on S/MIME, Netscape's implementation of the then-new standard for cryptographically secure email. At the ...
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Windows 7 startup repair with Truecrypt

I have many computers encrypted with Truecrypt 7.1a (current version) with the whole drive encrypted. Today one of them shows the Windows 7 splash screen for a moment and then goes into startup ...
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How can I prevent data theft from a company? [closed]

How can I prevent data theft from a company? Are there any solutions to this problem? Is there any software that encrypts important data (.doc, .xls, etc.) and prevents it from copying? I need a ...
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How can I prevent Windows 10 from sharing wifi details with my contacts?

In recent release of Windows 10 we could see a new feature named wifi sense, which raised the following security threat as per this blog post : This brilliant new feature, which Microsoft has ...
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Encrypt files on an SD card

I have a new computer with a shiny slot for an SD card. I have brought a nice fast 32GB SD card for it and will be using that as personal back up of my important documents. What I hope to be able to ...
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How to remove BUYUNLOCKCODE Ransomware

A ransomware appears to have been circulating for the past few weeks. the data files will be encrypted and a BUYUNLOCKCODE.txt ransom note will be created in all directories where a file was ...
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Should software encryption affect the “Disk data transfer rate” from Windows Experience?

My company mandates Software Encryption for all laptops. I dragged my feet because I did not want to have anything between me and my data. But I was finally pushed into it. I installed it and I am ...
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How to encrypt ONLY a user's profile folder (e.g.: /User/sid) on Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2?

I wanted a way to encrypt my user folder e.g. (/User/sid/*) and have Mac OS X auto mount it based off my login credentials. Since that folder also contains profile info, I suspect it would need to be ...
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What is the best way to protect e-book?

I am a writer and want to sell my ebooks on the web. But recently there are many bad buyers who remove the protection, modify the contents, and share them on the web. My related question: Is it true ...
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Decrypt files encrypted with TrueCrypt

I have a usb pen memory crypted with TrueCrypt. Is there a way to decrypt ( without TrueCrypt ) files encrypted with TrueCrypt in linux ?
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File-based encrypt-and-sync solution for Windows

There exists many syncing and backup solutions out there, but I have yet to find a setup that will cover ALL the following behavior: I want the ability to designate local folder B as the "encrypted ...
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anonymous browsing

I just watched a video by Eben Moglen about the increasing surveillance of our connected network devices and a lot of what he said rang true. The video can be found here if you're interested. I'm not ...
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LUKS encryption with non-interactive login on RHEL6

I need to have LUKS encryption on this system but during lab development I don't want to have to enter the password at the console each reboot. I'd like a way to set a simple password that can be ...
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Using Pidgin with OTR-encryption on Linux and Windows [closed]

Please show here how to install and activate OTR ("Off-The-Record") and Pidgin to me on both: Windows and Linux.
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Is it possible to FORMAT an external hard disk that has been encrypted using Storagecrypt?

I lost approximately 680 GB of data on my Seagate 2TB hard drive while experimenting with a software called StorageCrypt. I used it a few months ago and today I tried it again. But, I didn't know ...
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Encrypting C:\Users on Windows 7

Is there a way to encrypt C:\Users on Windows 7? I've tried TrueCrypt with whole partition encryption and it doesn't work because I don't have 32kb free in my boot sector (Apple's Boot Camp I ...
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Decrypt RC4 in Linux

I'm looking to decrypt RC4 encrypted data. I've tried openssl but it doesn't support my key length of 64 bits (my version only has rc4 and rc4-40). Encrypted data: ...
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Is filesystem encryption any good if someone steals my computer while it's on?

I'm using Ubuntu 12, and during installation I have chosen to encrypt the disk and home directory. I only introduce the disk password the first time I log in, so I guess the disk is not encrypted ...
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Wake-on-LAN with encrypted drive

I've set up a Ubuntu system as a server, with the entire drive encrypted. It needs the password at bootup, after the BIOS hands over to GRUB (at least I think that's when). I've since set up ...
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TrueCrypt usage: is it possible to have 1 password unlock 2 volumes?

I have been asked by a relative to encrypt both a USB pen & a Hard-disk folder. My immediate thaught was to use Truecrypt being that its free and relativly decent! My question is this: is there a ...
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Activate local logging of OTR chat sessions in Pidgin

I am Using Pidgin with OTR-encryption on Linux and Windows but those encrypted chats are not logged in my chat history. Is it possible to activate the chatlog for chats, that are done with ...
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I've lost access to my encrypted files

I have an account on Windows Server 2008 R2, which at the moment I am using as a desktop. I had certain files encrypted under a standard user account. I changed my password, and then lost power ...
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If a “forgot your password?” page emails your old password, is that definitive proof that they have stored it in plain text?

When a site emails your old password, as opposed to requiring you to reset it on the site, I'm wondering what that implies about their security measures. Does this mean that they store the password ...
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if one doesn't care about protecting a gpg secret key, is it still as secure as using gpg --symmetric?

Each of Alice and Bob is using gpg just to protect his/her own personal files and not using it as a way to send encrypted text to others. Alice has generated a key (gpg --gen-key) that she uses to ...
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How to determine the entropy of a password

How can I tell if a password has good enough entropy to prevent brute-forcing on a realistic timescale? For example, if I have the following password, how can I determine if it is strong enough to ...
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Is it possible for my company to monitor my Gmail?

Since Gmail uses https, all the messages should be encrypted? Here we assume my company does not have keystroke logger or random snapshot software.
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Windows Bitlocker and automatic unlock password storage safety

I've encrypted my external HDD with a Bitlocker and after rebooting computer I tried to open that drive and got this message: Say, if I pick to "Automatically unlock on this computer from now on", ...
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How to decrypt Windows 7 encrypted files

I have a flash drive and on this flash drive I have a folder. In Windows explorer, I right clicked on the folder and went to properties. I then clicked the advanced button and there is a check box ...
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How would I encrypt my whole Linux filesystem with Veracrypt?

I'm running Kali Dojo 2.0 and I'd like to encrypt the entire drive. I've encrypted my Windows 7 Home Premium drive with Veracrypt, and it was a simple setup and I'd like to do something similar on ...
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How to use backup EFS certificate to decrypt encrypted files?

I have some files that were encrypted on a now extinct Windows 7 system. I made sure to backup my keys, this one is called efs.pfx. Double-clicking it launches the Certificate Import Wizard which ...
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I forgot my encrypted disk password on OS X

My disk is formatted with Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted). I have a super long and random password. It won't let me paste my password in and I keep manually typing it wrong. There is nothing on ...
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How does SSL work? Isn't there a hole?

I was reading this article, specifically the "SSL in action" part. It says: When Client connects to company.com on its SSL-secured port, the company sends back its public key (and some other ...
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Decrypt file on SD card of Samsung phone encrypted by Android 5.0

My Galaxy Note 4 does't recognize the encryption on my SD card anymore. I can't open any file. Now, since I have the password, I thought I could decrypt them myself, with Android Java or with C++ on ...
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Samsung SSD: Hardware encryption and speed

I concern about speed changes of the Samsung MZ-M5E1T0BW 850-EVO when hardware encryption/decryption is enabled. I can't find any information in the data sheets. Do you guys know if there is a ...
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GPG public key created with GnuPG is rejected by MS Outlook 2010, why?

I created a GPG keypair with GnuPG on the CentOS 7 command line and I have exported the public key into a .asc file and successfully used that public key to encrypt emails sent from another email ...
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Is there a reason why people don't secure public hotspots? [closed]

It seems like a network is considered to be secure by OS(or at least Windows) when the network has a password. By secure, it seems to mean the data gets encrypted. Can't public places just put WPA2 ...
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How do I encrypt a folder in Windows RT?

I'm apparently unable to encrypt folders on my Surface RT. When I view the properties of a folder, and then go to the "Advanced Attributes", the option to "Encrypt contents to secure data" is ...
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Is LUKS/cryptsetup's `hddname` (or `name`) simply an arbitrary label used during the session

This is a very simple question about LUKS encryption. My Fedora 15 system uses LUKS over the root, home and swap LVM partitions. To access these partitions from a boot cd, for example, its necessary ...
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If someone steals my chromebook while it's off, will him be able to see my cached data?

Does Chrome OS encrypts everything under my account? Does it save unencrypted data to the disk?
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Can TrueCrypt be configured to dismount volumes when you hibernate?

TrueCrypt can be configured to dismount volumes upon logoff but is it possible to dismount volumes when you hibernate windows?
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How do I decrypt a file with mcrypt?

I have the following: mcrypt installed a file with a .zip.nc extension a password How do I use mcrypt to decrypt the file? The man page isn't very helpful. I've tried mcrypt -k password ...
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Does compression on a TrueCrypt drive compromise the security?

I choose “Compress drive to save disc space” under drive properties.
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There are no decryptor tools for CryptoWall, right?

Just want to make sure there is no decryptor tools (those that use leaked private keys) for the CryptoWall variation of the virus before we go and do the undoable? And are there any cases of people ...