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You know Nitpicker loves wikis. I want one for a company I work at. But it would contain confidential data!

Is there any sensible way to encrypt the data so that we are not subject to the policies and practices of the web hosting site or even of the nodes our conversations will pass through as we access the wiki?

Is this a problem which has a known literature and known solutions which we could actually use? How much inconvenience are we buying into?
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Not really, a wiki by its design and name implies that it's a public board and so anything you type on it would be seen by anybody who comes across it.

The only real solution to this is not to link to it from any other page on any other website, that way it won't find itself into Google.
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Well, there are ways to require login, even prior authorized login to post or even to read a MediaWiki based wiki, but that is not enough for company confidential data which could end up on a backup tape or viewed by a hosting company employee. What I am in need of is even harder.

The MediaWiki software allows use of an external editor to edit the pages, so, in principle, one could stick decryption and encryption into the external editor, but I have never heard of anyone doing such a thing.

Anyway, thanks for your response. I appreciate the truth of what you say.
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