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SHA1 Hashes of Very Large Files

SHA-1 has been widely disparaged for security reasons, but it is just fine for checking file integrity. But like all things in computer science, when the files get really large

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Verifying a Checksum…Forever

Recently, I finally bothered to learn the proper way to verify checksums via command line instead of just eyeballing checksum output compared with the checksum supplied with the file. Lets

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Great discussion about passwords inside scripts

Here’s a link to a great discussion I started on Stack Exchange’s security site: How can I avoid putting the database password in a perl script? Here is the question

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Security Through Obscurity Is Widely Misunderstood

Pretty much any experienced hacker you talk to, whether an actual crook or a professional IT security researcher, will tell you that “Security Through Obscurity” is useless—at best a waste

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