(Very) Basic Intro To Elliptic Curve Cryptography

Very Basic Intro to Elliptic Curve Cryptography

Elliptic curve cryptography is an efficient modern approach to public-key cryptosystems. In this introduction, our goal will be to focus on the high-level principles of what makes ECC work. We will omit implementation details and mathematical proofs, we can save those for another article. What It’s For? A common use of ECC is to encrypt data … Read more

“Big-O Algorithms” Course Released

Big-O Algorithms Course

We’ve launched our new Big-O Algorithms course! We wrote this course for engineers who need a refresher on computer science basics, or want to learn the fundamentals for the first time. The study of algorithmic complexity is often overlooked by new developers, and we’ve found that get-rich-quick boot camps often skimp on these details. It’s … Read more

Is AES-256 Quantum Resistant?

Is AES-256 Quantum Resistant?

With quantum computers getting more powerful each year, many worry about the safety of modern encryption standards. As quantum computers improve in performance and the number of qubits used for calculations increases, current cryptosystems are under threat. AES-256 is one of the most powerful symmetric ciphers, but will it remain secure in a post-quantum world? … Read more

Bcrypt Step by Step

Bcrypt Step by Step

Bcrypt is a key derivation function, which can be thought of as a slow hash function. Its purpose is to slowly convert a piece of input data to a fixed-size, deterministic, and unpredictable output. A common use-case is to convert a password into an n-bit cryptographic key, which can then be used for safe authentication. … Read more

(Very) Basic Intro to Lattices in Cryptography

Intro to Lattice-Based Cryptography

Lattice-based cryptography has been coming into the spotlight recently. In January 2019, Many of the semifinalists in the NIST post-quantum-cryptography competition were based on lattices. Lattice based cryptography has promising aspects that make it a contender for the basis of cryptographic security in a post-quantum world. What is a Lattice? According to Wikipedia, a lattice is … Read more

Shamir’s Secret Sharing Step-By-Step

Shamir's Secret Sharing Step By Step Library

Adi Shamir’s Secret Sharing is an algorithm that allows participants to share ownership of a secret by distributing shares, which can be thought of as parts of a secret key. In order for someone to gain access to the original secret, a minimum number of shares (the threshold) must be used together. Example Problem To … Read more

“Practical Cryptography” Course Released

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We just launched our new Practical Cryptography course, a code-in-the-browser tutorial where students build cryptographic functions in the Go programming langauge. Practical Cryptography stands out among online cryptography courses because it not only teaches crypto fundamentals, but it allows users to get hands-on experience building out the code. What’s Included? The course has four modules … Read more

They Who Control Encryption

They Who Control Encryption - 1984 Eye

If you’ve seen The Imitation Game, or studied computer science in school, you have likely heard of Enigma, Alan Turing, or some of the other advances in cryptography that took place during the Second World War. During this time and until the 1970’s, governments from around the world had near-total control of all cryptographic systems. … Read more

HMAC and MACs – The Inner Workings of JWTs

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HMACs and MACs are authentication codes and are often the backbone of JWT authentication systems. Let’s take a look at how they work. MAC – Message Authentication Code MACs are exactly what they sound like; small codes that allow receivers of messages to know who the sender was (authentication). A MAC code is calculated by … Read more