The Joy to Be Server-Free

A few months ago, I toyed with the idea of adding a server to my PassLok Privacy app. I reasoned that a server would be able to store users’ Locks so that other users could retrieve them automatically—very much like the General Directory does now, but even more deeply integrated with the program so that […]

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Autokey strikes again!

Did you know that the actual cipher invented by Blaise de Vigenère, back in the XVI century, is not the one that bears his name? The so-called Vigenère cipher was actually invented a few years earlier by Giovan Battista Bellaso. Vigenère’s own creation is a version of what today we call “autokey” cipher, and it is […]

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The Visionnarie cipher

The autokey cipher was invented nearly five hundred years ago by Blaise the Vigenère, pictured at left, but was almost immediately forgotten in favor of a much weaker repeating-key cipher invented by Bellaso, once upon a time known as “the undecipherable cipher,”  which Vigenère somehow got credit for. Given how many important secrets were revealed when […]

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Snake cipher

Not too long ago, I introduced the TripleText cipher, which gets dangerously close to perfect encryption while remaining very simple. Well, it just got even simpler, almost like playing a game. Because using this cipher is so much like playing the old “snake” video game, I’ve called it just that: Snake

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