7ENCRYPTING WITH THE TRANSPOSITION CIPHER

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”—Edward Snowden, 2015

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The Caesar cipher isn’t secure; it doesn’t take much for a computer to brute-force through all 66 possible keys. The transposition cipher, on the other hand, is more difficult to brute-force because the number of possible keys depends on the message’s length. There are many different types of transposition ciphers, including the rail fence cipher, route cipher, Myszkowski transposition cipher, and disrupted ...

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