[OPINION] Cryptography is too hard to understand, and that's the biggest problem with the field

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  • TextSecure

    A private messenger for Android.

    You're entirely correct. Part of the problem is the XKCD #927 "15 competing standards" issue. Most of the cryptography standards and common programs sucked for a very long time. Recently a few easy-to-use, hard-to-misuse programs and libraries have popped up, eg libsodium, age, minisign, KeePassXC, Bitwarden, Signal, and maybe Matrix if you stretch "easy-to-use" to the breaking point. But there are still a lot of crappy old standards, old programs, and old articles out there giving bad advice.

  • sydent

    Sydent: Reference Matrix Identity Server

    You're entirely correct. Part of the problem is the XKCD #927 "15 competing standards" issue. Most of the cryptography standards and common programs sucked for a very long time. Recently a few easy-to-use, hard-to-misuse programs and libraries have popped up, eg libsodium, age, minisign, KeePassXC, Bitwarden, Signal, and maybe Matrix if you stretch "easy-to-use" to the breaking point. But there are still a lot of crappy old standards, old programs, and old articles out there giving bad advice.

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  • keepassxc

    KeePassXC is a cross-platform community-driven port of the Windows application “Keepass Password Safe”.

    You're entirely correct. Part of the problem is the XKCD #927 "15 competing standards" issue. Most of the cryptography standards and common programs sucked for a very long time. Recently a few easy-to-use, hard-to-misuse programs and libraries have popped up, eg libsodium, age, minisign, KeePassXC, Bitwarden, Signal, and maybe Matrix if you stretch "easy-to-use" to the breaking point. But there are still a lot of crappy old standards, old programs, and old articles out there giving bad advice.

  • Bitwarden

    The core infrastructure backend (API, database, Docker, etc). (by bitwarden)

    You're entirely correct. Part of the problem is the XKCD #927 "15 competing standards" issue. Most of the cryptography standards and common programs sucked for a very long time. Recently a few easy-to-use, hard-to-misuse programs and libraries have popped up, eg libsodium, age, minisign, KeePassXC, Bitwarden, Signal, and maybe Matrix if you stretch "easy-to-use" to the breaking point. But there are still a lot of crappy old standards, old programs, and old articles out there giving bad advice.

  • age

    A simple, modern and secure encryption tool (and Go library) with small explicit keys, no config options, and UNIX-style composability.

    You're entirely correct. Part of the problem is the XKCD #927 "15 competing standards" issue. Most of the cryptography standards and common programs sucked for a very long time. Recently a few easy-to-use, hard-to-misuse programs and libraries have popped up, eg libsodium, age, minisign, KeePassXC, Bitwarden, Signal, and maybe Matrix if you stretch "easy-to-use" to the breaking point. But there are still a lot of crappy old standards, old programs, and old articles out there giving bad advice.

  • Scout APM

    Less time debugging, more time building. Scout APM allows you to find and fix performance issues with no hassle. Now with error monitoring and external services monitoring, Scout is a developer's best friend when it comes to application development.

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