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to encrypt, or not to encrypt...

 [1/2] from: balayo:mindspring at: 4-Sep-2000 10:46

howdy list, There have been several posts on encryption lately. I'd like to be able to encrypt a local password file to call on when constructing ftp urls. I don't want to hard-code them into scripts, and I'm already tired of ;pass: ask/hide "password? " I also don't like to have my passwords floating around my drive in plain text. How do you guys handle this? thanks -- Eat more spinach. -tom

 [2/2] from: ryanc:iesco-dms at: 5-Sep-2000 11:31

With REBOL you wont be too successful hiding this from a REBOL programmer, because of course a properly placed probe would easily reveal it no matter how much encryption you threw at it. So basically all you can do is keep it from being non-programmer readable in a file. The easiest way to this is with to-binary:
>> password: "password"
== "password"
>> to-binary password
== #{70617373776F7264} This is a little too obvious to me though, maybe compress:
>> compress password
== #{789C2B482C2E2ECF2F4A01000F91037408000000} Or lastly if your space conscious:
>> forall password [change password to-char xor 85 first password]
== false
>> head password
== {%4&&":'1} --Ryan [balayo--mindspring--com] wrote:
> howdy list, > There have been several posts on encryption lately. I'd
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> Eat more spinach. > -tom
-- * Ryan Cole * Programmer Analyst 707-468-5400 ;Fortuneately escape will cancel this endless loop... Forever [ buy microsoft version: version + 1 ]

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