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String Encryption With Visual Basic .NET

In this article Brian Patterson will cover some of the encryption classes provided in the .NET Framework. Once you have got a grasp on how to use these algorithms, he will wrap things up with a sample order application that will encrypt credit card information before saving it to either a SQL Server or Oracle database server.

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November 14, 2002
  1. · String Encryption With Visual Basic .NET
  2. · Encryption and the .NET Framework
  3. · Encryption and Byte Arrays
  4. · Building the Encryption Class
  5. · Creating the Database
  6. · Decrypting the Order Data
  7. · Conclusion

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String Encryption With Visual Basic .NET - Conclusion
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The class provided in the previous example can be used to encrypt sensitive information before committing it to a database or merely a text file. With very few modifications this wrapper class can be modified to use DES, RC2 or a different .NET cryptographic provider. Not only are the methods I've described very easy to use, but they provide you with a powerful tool for ensuring that your private data remains private.

Cryptography References
To learn more about cryptography and the various algorithms, I would highly suggest visiting the CounterPane web site. CounterPane is a security consulting firm that deals with a great deal of cryptography. The President of CounterPane also authored a book called Applied Cryptography, which describes many algorithms in detail as well as providing C source code to the algorithms.

The use of public key cryptography has many benefits and though we didn't cover it here, you may want to read more about it at the following websites.
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