Secret Key Cryptography
Ciphers, from simple to unbreakable
Secret Key Cryptography gives you a toolbox of cryptographic techniques and Secret Key methods. The book's simple, non-technical language is easy to understand and accessible for any reader, even without the advanced mathematics normally required for cryptography. You'll learn how to create and solve ciphers, as well as how to measure their strength. As you go, you'll explore both historic ciphers and groundbreaking new approaches - including a never-before-seen way to implement the uncrackable One-Time Pad algorithm.
Whoever you are, this book is for you! History buffs will love seeing the evolution of sophisticated cryptographic methods, hobbyists will get a gentle introduction to cryptography, and engineers and computer scientists will learn the principles of constructing secure ciphers. Even professional cryptographers will find a range of new methods and concepts never published before.
From the Roman empire's Caesar cipher to the WWII Enigma machine, secret messages have influenced the course of history. Today, Secret Key cryptography is the backbone of all modern computing infrastructure. Properly designed, these algorithms are efficient and practical. Some are actually unbreakable, even using supercomputers or quantum technology!
Secret Key Cryptography teaches you how to create Secret Key ciphers, ranging from simple pen-and-paper methods to advanced techniques used in modern computer-based cryptography. It reveals both historic examples and current innovations. You'll learn how to efficiently encrypt large files with fast stream ciphers, discover alternatives to AES encryption, and avoid strong-looking but weak ciphers. Simple language and fun-to-solve mini-ciphers make learning serious concepts easy and engaging.
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