Codex Securum, Obiter Dictum

In the past, you have come here for truth. I now give you law. Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke succinctly described the wondrous nature of technology in what has come to be known as Clarke’s Third Law (from a letter published in Science in January 1968): Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. The sentiment of that …

So You Want to Hash a Password…

Congratulations. You’re thinking about protecting a password; a concept that well-known1 sites, to this day2, fail3 to comprehend. Choose an established, vetted algorithm (SHA-256 would suffice), include a salt (we’ll explain this a bit later), hash the password. Get rid of the plaintext password. Done. See how simple that was? There’s even Open Source code4 …