## How encrypted is a set of data

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Is there a way to know how strongly encrypted a set of data is? Is there any tool to identify secure encryption?

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The strength of encryption is related to the difficulty of discovering the key, which in turn depends on both the cipher used and the length of the key. For example, the difficulty of discovering the key for the RSA cipher most commonly used for public-key encryption depends on the difficulty of factoring large numbers, a well-known mathematical problem.

Encryption strength is often described in terms of the size of the keys used to perform the encryption: in general, longer keys provide stronger encryption. Key length is measured in bits. For example, 128-bit keys for use with the RC4 symmetric-key cipher supported by SSL provide significantly better cryptographic protection than 40-bit keys for use with the same cipher. Roughly speaking, 128-bit RC4 encryption is 3 x 1026 times stronger than 40-bit RC4 encryption.

Different ciphers may require different key lengths to achieve the same level of encryption strength. The RSA cipher used for public-key encryption, for example, can use only a subset of all possible values for a key of a given length, due to the nature of the mathematical problem on which it is based. Other ciphers, such as those used for symmetric key encryption, can use all possible values for a key of a given length, rather than a subset of those values. Thus a 128-bit key for use with a symmetric-key encryption cipher would provide stronger encryption than a 128-bit key for use with the RSA public-key encryption cipher. This difference explains why the RSA public-key encryption cipher must use a 512-bit key (or longer) to be considered cryptographically strong, whereas symmetric key ciphers can achieve approximately the same level of strength with a 64-bit key. Even this level of strength may be vulnerable to attacks in the near future.

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• For what OS are you asking? Is it of web encryption like email etc. Or file/folders encryption? As you asked for tools, you can try with bit locker/truecrypt.
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• I wanna check for email encryption ie. if any data is encrypted via email how can we check it is strongly encrypted or not?Is there any possibilities?
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• Am I to assume you want to what type of encryption was used?
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• What are you trying to accomplish? What's the specific business need?
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• As you asked for email encryption, assuming this is an office, here is an article which is based on Outlook: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Encrypt-email-messages-373339cb-bf1a-4509-b296-802a39d801dc.
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• I am into testing so I just want to confirm whether my developers encrypted data are strong are weak? In that case how can i able to check those encrypted data?
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• It all comes down to the size of the encryption key being used. The smaller the key the weaker it is.