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Why should I encrypt data?
Encryption works as a security measure for your online data. Even if you think you have nothing to hide, you wouldn’t trust criminals with your bank, email, or social media passwords, would you? And they are always looking for ways to exploit someone’s personal information. But encryption encodes your data in such a way that only the authorized person can access it — and that’s you.
How does encryption work?
Encryption is a way of encoding messages, passwords, and other types of data so that only people with authorized access can read it. Modern-day encryption uses complex mathematical algorithms to encode content so that no one can read it without permission.
How can encryption protect data?
Encryption works like a lock — only those with a decryption key can access the original information. But unlike with most locks, you can’t really break this one — it would take billions of years. Otherwise, even if strangers get to the encrypted data, they have no way to read it, since it looks like complete gibberish.
What encryption algorithm does NordPass use?
NordPass uses the XChaCha20 encryption algorithm. It’s considered to be the future of encryption, with more and more tech giants from Silicon Valley implementing it in their services.
What is the XChaCha20 encryption?
The XChaCha20 algorithm is a way of encrypting and decrypting data. We use it to encrypt our users’ vaults. It supports two different lengths of keys, with the 256-bit encryption being the strongest. Companies like Google and Cloudflare use XChaCha20 encryption to ensure fast and safe connections for their users.
Frequently asked questions
Theoretically, all encryption algorithms can be broken with brute force — guessing various keys until one of them is right. But in most cases, breaking encryption with brute force would take computational powers not yet available. Even then, it would take millions of years to crack the code.
The XChaCha20 algorithm is one of the most secure encryption algorithms available. To ensure first-rate security, NordPass uses the XChaCha20 encryption combined with Argon2 key derivation to encrypt the vault you store your passwords in.
So far, no known attack has managed to break the XChaCha20 encryption. Just like any other encryption algorithm, it could theoretically be hacked with brute force. However, the amount of time that would require makes XChaCha20 practically uncrackable. Even with a supercomputer capable of guessing a billion keys per second, it would still take billions of years to break the algorithm.