• How many seconds would it take to break your password?

    Posted June 7, 2012 - 8:00 pm

    Want to know how strong your password is? Count the number of characters and the type and calculate it yourself. Or check this list and see how big a difference between a few billion possible combinations a few sextillion possibilities really is.
  • Amateurs and pros vie to build new crypto standard

    Posted November 7, 2008 - 9:37 pm

    A contest, sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), hopes to find a new cryptographic hash algorithm to replace the SHA-2 (Secure Hash Algorithm - 2) algorithm that NIST published eight years ago. The deadline for SHA-3 submissions was Oct. 31, and NIST hopes to cut the field down to 15 or 20 contestants by next August. That's when the hard work of hammering away at the submissions and knocking loose any flaws will really begin.
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