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Developer's Guide to Microsoft® Enterprise Library, Visual Basic® Edition by Fernando Simonazzi, Bob Brumfield, Grigori Melnik, Nicolas Botto, Chris Tavares, Erik Renaud, Alex Homer

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Chapter 7. Relieving Cryptography Complexity

Introduction

How secret are your secrets? We all know how important it is to encrypt information that is sensitive, whether it is stored in a database or a disk file, passed over the network (especially the Internet), or even sitting around in memory. Handing over a list of your customers’ credit card numbers to some geek sitting in his bedroom hacking your online store is not a great way to build customer confidence. Neither is allowing some disenfranchised administrator to leave your company with a plain-text copy of all your trading partners’ network passwords.

The trouble is that writing all that extra code from scratch to perform reliable and secure encryption is complicated and soaks up valuable ...

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