By: ab

September 28, 2009 4:13 pm


LJDT: Base64 Encoding

In computing there are two terms which are often confused: encoding and enciphering. One of them, with ‘cipher’ in its name, usually best refers to something that is cryptographically enciphered which means it was mathematically mangled in a fashion that the result, regardless of the input, is fairly random, patternless nonsense to the un-key-assisted eye. The other term refers to simply changing data from one form to another at is basic level. One type of encoding is ‘base64’ encoding, which is used through many areas of computing and can be explained much more-simply than most cryptographic cipher functions (in my opinion). This article is to show how, on many levels, Linux Just Does That.

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