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Keeping Secrets in the Digital Age

  • Edward A. Mazza
  • The Daily Yomiuri
  • September 23, 1997

Used with permission

As the world goes digital, encryption standards become more important.

Even those who don’t use the Internet are affected by security in the online age–everything from bank account and medical information to credit card numbers and transactions requires some form of coding to protect it from prying eyes.

Yet all is not well–with each new standard comes crackers to break it. And, at the other end, governments–particularly that of the United States–are trying their darndest to ensure that encryption technology doesn’t get too powerful. After all, they reason, if encoding techniques become too good, crooks can use them to subvert society…

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