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(RhetTbull) Re: Silly "encryption".....just for fun ;)

by RhetTbull (Curate)
on Jul 30, 2002 at 02:01 UTC ( #186120=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Silly "encryption".....just for fun ;)

Just say no to lame encryption! While useful as a learning exercise, posting weak encryption code in a public forum like this just invites some poor newbie to come along and use it. Yes, even though you tell us it's lame I bet someday someone will come and cut and paste your code. I have seen a seemingly competent programmer do that with an XOR snippet he found to send "encrypted" credit card data over email. If you don't really understand encryption and aren't using a well validated library, then you shouldn't be using encryption at all.

Practice writing this stuff at home but please don't share with everyone.

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Re: (RhetTbull) Re: Silly "encryption".....just for fun ;)
by strfry() (Monk) on Aug 05, 2002 at 20:59 UTC
    If you don't really understand encryption and aren't using a well validated library, then you shouldn't be using encryption at all.

    i could not disagree more. IMHO, the less you know about encryption, the more you should use it -- how else is one to learn about it and how it works? don't get me wrong - i'm all for using those libraries that work, rather than reinventing the wheel. but if you learn better by breaking things and/or tinkering than by example, then by all means use what you can get your hands on.

    and frankly, if someone can't read past the disclaimers that the author placed, they deserve what falls on their heads. (yes, i'm a firm believer in Darwinism.)

    strfry()
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