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Sync passphrase does nothing?

  • I'm glad to hear that the "bug" has been fixed, but it is unfortunate that Opera has elected to fix it by leaving so much data unencrypted, rather than enabling full sync encryption as Google and Firefox have done. With Opera's sync servers having been recently compromised, it goes without saying that Opera's sync model is horribly insecure, and should be avoided completely. Had Google or Firefox's servers been compromised, no user data would have been put at risk.

  • Stupid question alert?????
    What is the passphrase and where does one get it from? I tried to set up this sync thing a couple of days ago and was never asked to create a passphrase. Now in the sync button, top right of the screen I'm being told that I need to enter my passphrase to complete the sync process. Can anyone help please?

  • What is the passphrase and where does one get it from?

    The passphrase is set up by the user itself.

    I tried to set up this sync thing a couple of days ago and was never asked to create a passphrase

    Then you shouldn't need to use one.

    Now in the sync button, top right of the screen I'm being told that I need to enter my passphrase to complete the sync process.

    So you login into Sync and it asks you for a passphrase?

  • As of today (version 40) the "Advanced Synchronisation Settings" dialog gives you two choices: "Encrypt synchronised password with your Opera credentials" or "Encrypt all synced data with your own sync passphrase".

    Does option two (ALL SYNCED DATA) really mean that I'm the only one who can access my data?

  • Does option two (ALL SYNCED DATA) really mean that I'm the only one who can access my data?

    It should say 'encrypt synchronised passwords with your own passphrase'.

  • Does option two (ALL SYNCED DATA) really mean that I'm the only one who can access my data?

    I just tested it out, and that does appear to be true. If you try to view your synced data at sync.opera.com it now shows that the data is encrypted, where previously the data was visible even if you had chosen to encrypt all data with a passphrase.

    Still not sure I'd trust it. I mean, previously Opera claimed to encrypt the data though they weren't actually doing it. If they're that careless with user data (remember, they were also hacked recently), who knows whether they're actually encrypting it now or just saying that they are.

  • As a user I would really appreciate to know wether it's encrypted all the way or Opera just dropped a few padlock icons to gain trust.

  • As a user I would really appreciate to know wether it's encrypted all the way or Opera just dropped a few padlock icons to gain trust.

    Synced passwords are encrypted.

    Other data only during transition between client and server.

  • How do you know? If you're correct, why does the dialog say "Encrypt all synced data..", and the "auth.opera.com" website tell users that bookmarks etc is encrypted?

  • ..the "sync.opera.com" website that is.

  • Synced passwords are encrypted.
    Other data only during transition between client and server.

    That's how it used to work, not how it currently works.

  • How do you know? If you're correct, why does the dialog say "Encrypt all synced data..", and the "auth.opera.com" website tell users that bookmarks etc is encrypted?

    Don't listen to him, he's relying on outdated info. You can get details about what is actually being encrypted at opera://sync-internals/

    But ultimately, since Opera is closed source, you have to trust that they're actually doing what they say, and that hasn't always been been true in the past.

  • How do you know?

    If you read the whole topic you will see some links where you may find those information.

    If you're correct, why does the dialog say "Encrypt all synced data.."

    This was answered already in this topic. It's a bug on the dialog.

    and the "auth.opera.com" website tell users that bookmarks etc is encrypted?

    I don't see any mention about it.

  • Don't listen to him, he's relying on outdated info

    All that I said is still valid.

  • @leocg Are you seriously saying that you can't see any padlocks or text that says "encrypted" on "sync.opera.com" when browsing your synced bookmarks for example?

  • @leocg Are you seriously saying that you can't see any padlocks or text that says "encrypted" on "sync.opera.com" when browsing your synced bookmarks for example?

    At sync.opera.com/web I can only see a padlock in 'passwords'.

  • @leocg Are you seriously saying that you can't see any padlocks or text that says "encrypted" on "sync.opera.com" when browsing your synced bookmarks for example?

    At sync.opera.com/web I can only see a padlock in 'passwords'.

    Are you using a passphrase? If you aren't, then it would make sense that nothing but passwords are being encrypted -- basically how it's always been. If you are using a passphrase, maybe it's just not encrypting anything else because you set up Opera Sync before Opera changed how Sync works. If that's the case then you might want to reset Sync and start over. Then again, if you were using Sync before now -- with or without a password -- you clearly don't care about security/privacy anyway.

  • Are you using a passphrase?

    No, I'm not.

    Then again, if you were using Sync before now -- with or without a password -- you clearly don't care about security/privacy anyway.

    Like 9 out of 10 people. 🙂

    Serious, having ny passwords encrypted is enough for me. I really don't care that much if someone find out that I visit this or that page.

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