Encrypt Decrypt Data in Umbraco Back Office

In May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) come into effect.

It has wide-reaching implications for how business handle customers information.

In this blog, I will show you how you can protect user data by encrypting the data you hold on your customers.

Encrypting data allows you to store information in a database and if the data is compromised the attacker will not be able to see the information stored in a readable format.

So, in this example, if a visitor visits your site and completes a form entering their details, you need to ensure its security.

The code below shows how to capture the saving event in Umbraco.

Content_Saving Class
private void Content_Saving(IContentService sender, SaveEventArgs<IContent> e)
            var node = e.SavedEntities.ToList();
            foreach (var items in node.Where(x => x.ContentType.Alias == "example"))
                string firstName = items.GetValue<string>("firstName");
                //string encryptFirstName = EncryptionDecryption.EncryptString(firstName, "SupplyPassPhrase");
                string encryptFirstName = EncryptionDecryption.EncryptWithNoPassPhrase(firstName);
                items.SetValue("firstName", encryptFirstName);
                sender.SaveAndPublishWithStatus(items, 0, false);

We can now encrypt the data submitted before storing it in Umbraco as shown below.

EncryptWithNoPassPhrase Class
public static string EncryptWithNoPassPhrase(string plainText)
            if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(plainText))
                byte[] data = Encoding.Unicode.GetBytes(plainText);
                CspParameters cspParameters         = new CspParameters { KeyContainerName = Iv };
                using (RSACryptoServiceProvider rsa = new RSACryptoServiceProvider(2048, cspParameters))
                    byte[] reBytes = rsa.Encrypt(data, false);
                    return Convert.ToBase64String(reBytes);
            return "No Data Supplied";

Now when we are in the back office we need to decrypt the data so that we can read it as shown below.

Editor Model Event Manager
EditorModelEventManager.SendingContentModel += (sender, e) =>
                var node = e.Model.Properties.ToList();
                if (e.Model.IsChildOfListView && e.Model.ContentTypeAlias == "example")
                    string firstNameDecrypted   = node.Where(x => x.Alias.ToLower() == "firstname").Select(x => x.Value).First().ToString();
                    var firstName   = e.Model.Properties.FirstOrDefault(x => x.Alias.ToLower() == "firstname");
                    //string decryptFirstName = EncryptionDecryption.DecryptString(firstNameDecrypted,"SupplyPassPhrase");
                    string decryptFirstName = EncryptionDecryption.DecryptWithNoPassPhrase(firstNameDecrypted);
                    if (firstName?.Value != null)
                        firstName.Value = $"{decryptFirstName}";

You can see in the images below, how we can view the decrypted data, but once saved the data is encrypted.

text unencrypted


In this short post, I have shown how you can encrypt and decrypt data in Umbraco back office and thus helping to protect user data from prying eyes.

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