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Is password-based AES encryption secure at all?

For a few years I have put all my passwords in a text file and encrypted that file with a password using a software solution (Axcrypt) which uses AES-128. The password is not really strong, but I ...
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Dropbox Password security

Dropbox have recently published How Dropbox securely stores your passwords Is this really more secure than using bcrypt with a complexity of 11 or 12 ? The password "chain" is secure as its weakest ...
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Is SHA-256 safe and difficult to crack? [duplicate]

I am trying to crack a SHA-256 hash but I am not sure how to approach this in an efficient way. The following is known of the original non-hashed content: 64 characters long only consists 0-9 and a-z ...
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Order of multiple encryption algorithms

as you can see on image above, in VeraCrypt you can select either Serpent -> Twofish -> AES or ...
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Why is 128-bit considered “medium term” security?

Why is 128-bit encryption considered good enough for medium term security only? How is expected to be eventually broken? Quantum computing or brute force attack?
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Can we bound adversarial power in terms of total entropy in universe? [duplicate]

The strengths of various cryptographic primitives are often explained (though not defined) in terms of how long it would take to break under the current best known attacks. For example, apparently the ...
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Can an AES-256 key be generated for a large number of cribs? [duplicate]

I have a question in regards to Ransomware type viruses. I know that a number of these viruses use the AES-256 algorithm to encrypt user's files using a randomly generated key. I work in IT support ...
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What is the most secure ECC Curve?

I have for a while used Koblitz curve (sect571k1), in ECDH and ECDSA. But I have started wonder if it is the most secure. I prefer security over efficiency. So the curve doesn't have to be the most ...
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How can I study the math behind cryptography? [closed]

I am a junior in high school and I am currently studying algebra 2. Where can I go to learn about the mathematics behind cryptography? I have a very basic knowledge of cryptography, but I am really ...
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ECC keys vulnerable to brute force attack?

I have started learning about Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC). Since the key size required in ECC is relatively smaller than the key size in RSA (to provide the same encryption strength), I wonder ...
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Algorithm for generating OAuth tokens

I'm trying to find a good algorithm for generating authorization codes, access tokens and refresh tokens in an API. Currently, I am looking into the following setup: Tokens are generated using the <...
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How much processing power should you assume an attacker has?

The answer to this question says that you should assume an attacker can do one billion operations per second: Key Size for Symmetric Homomorphic Encryption Over the Integers Is that a single attacker ...
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Can there be a need for 1024-bit (symmetric) encryption?

I think we are all aware of the CAESAR-competition. Now the aim of this competition is to select a (portfolio of) winner(s) which provide authenticated encryption. I'll now assume that the results ...
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What is the danger if a non-prime is chosen for RSA? [duplicate]

I was reading this question about generating primes for RSA keys. The answers point out that most implementations of of the algorithm use probabilistic prime-ness checking algorithms. The answer by @...
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Creating a random password based off of a prime number

So I am making an application that basically creates strings that must be encrypted before they are stored on a user's device. If the user blindly starts running the application without creating a ...

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