Some thoughts, links and other trivia on Security and Cryptography
Stuff that I've found over time.
Cryptography is the science of converting easy to understand information (plaintext) into undecipherable junk (ciphertext). That may be an oversimplification, but hey, it helps. Here are some useful links to startup with:
I'm pretty sad at the number of times that poor cryptography (known as snake-oil) is passed off, esp in the name of "advanced" "proprietary" "patent pending" algorithms. Don't reinvent the wheel - stick to things well understood.
Security and Cryptography are often allied subjects, but that's all that can be said. Security is a complex and difficult mechanism to create, setup or maintain. It's been said before, and I'll say it again - "Security is a process, not a product!"
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