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Lots of random facts about crypto trivia. Not a lot of context. Even less information about how to actually safely use crypto primitives. You'll come out of it knowing how to get CAST or IDEA into your code --- two ciphers nobody uses anymore --- but not how to properly choose an IV for CBC mode.

Everything that is wrong with "Applied" is right with "Practical". "Here are 4 modern block ciphers. We wrote one of them. Don't use it. You should use AES, but if you're a paranoid, use Serpent. But really use AES." It's great stuff, especially because if you really read it, you're going to end up not implementing crypto directly at all.




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