The best encryption code is a ‘one time pad’. It simply cannot be cracked. The practical problem of it is passing of the pad. It has to be done in complete secrecy or it is useless. That is the primary reason that public key based systems like PGP and GPG are so common, there are two keys, one public and the other private. The level of encryption is high enough to meet almost everyone’s need.

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There is one flaw that is never talked about with encryption methods currently being used on the internet, at least as far as I have noticed. And that is the fact that if you see an encrypted message, you know it’s an encryption.

So I’ve been working on alternatives.

Take for example the ‘secret message’:

“The quick brown fox”

When you pass this through a numerical base converter (obase 62), it ends up as:

212488 391404532 169068815 59181

You still know it’s an encoded message. But numbers can be converted into anything. For example:

“Moved back Chris’ electric screen system. Not just luck, you almost erased Fred’s drive monday. But Greg took unix quick systems in September first. For timed backups in Unix.”

It’s a bit long, but it’s a start at sending a human readable message that really means “The quick brown fox.”, and it doesn’t look like a coded message, well at least not much.

I’m getting there.

– wolfe