How to Learn Cryptography

“Cryptography” is defined as both the practice and study of the techniques used to communicate and/or store information or data privately and securely, without being intercepted by third parties. With the growing awareness of cyber security and cyber crimes, Cryptography is becoming popular subject. The following articles describes ways to start learning more about it.

Choose your resource.


Choose your resource.

There are plenty of free resources out there, some of which are available on:

Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/course/crypto

Udacity: https://www.udacity.com/course/cs387



Be consistent.

Be consistent.

Like any new learning material, it takes time and effort to grasp the underlying concepts.

Get standard books to learn about this subject.

Get standard books to learn about this subject.

Look around the web, read some reviews and pick the book that you think most suits your needs.
GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/cryptography

Stick with it.



Stick with it.

Try not to miss out on stuff in between, incomplete knowledge can be worse than no knowledge.

Try practicing.

Try practicing.

Instead of just sticking to the theory, try to code something on your computer. You could use online tools like:
CrypTool: http://www.cryptool.org/en/

Find other resources.

Find other resources.

There are plenty of other websites that provide information about Cryptography. Some of these are:


Learn Cryptography: http://learncryptography.com/

The Geek Stuff: http://www.thegeekstuff.com/2012/07/cryptography-basics/

Ask around.

Ask around.

Find people, in real life or the virtual world who have prior experience in computer and network security. Post questions/try to answer questions on online forums, this will help expand your knowledge base.

Be curious and have fun!


Be curious and have fun!

That’s what learning is all about.


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