What Is Entropy In Cryptography?

What is entropy in Cryptography

In cryptography, entropy refers to the randomness collected by a system for use in algorithms that require random data. A lack of good entropy can leave a cryptosystem vulnerable and unable to encrypt data securely.

Basic Intro to Elliptic Curve Cryptography

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Elliptic curve cryptography is a modern public-key encryption technique based on mathematical elliptic curves and is well-known for creating smaller, faster, and more efficient cryptographic keys. For example, Bitcoin uses ECC as its asymmetric cryptosystem because of its lightweight nature. In this introduction to ECC, I want to focus on the high-level ideas that make ECC work. … 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, an important contender in the race for quantum-safe encryption, describes constructions of cryptographic primitives that involve mathematical lattices. Lattices as they relate to crypto have 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 give us hope … Read more

Shamir’s Secret Sharing Step-By-Step

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Adi Shamir’s Secret Sharing is a cryptographic algorithm that allows distinct parties to jointly share ownership of a single secret by holding shares. The original secret can only be reconstructed by using a minimum number of shares, which allows different parties to cooperate without the need to fully trust one another. Before we dive in, … 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 language. 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

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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 1970s, 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. A Message Authentication Code (MAC) is a string of bits that depends on a secret key and is sent with a message to prove the message wasn’t tampered with. HMACs are a more strict version of MACs that offer additional … Read more

(Very) Basic Intro to PGP (GPG)

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PGP, or its open-source alternative, GPG, is a program used to encrypt data such that only an authorized party can decrypt it. In this introduction, we will cover its use-cases and a high-level overview of the algorithms involved. Both programs (and others) adhere to the OpenPGP protocol. Because it is an implementation agnostic protocol, people … Read more