Hashing has long been used as a means to verify data elements. Parity bits were originally used to confirm that a data transmission was received correctly and helped to detect any single-bit errors. However, parity didn
In comes hashing as we know it today. The modern hashing algorithms are designed to help verify the integrity of a data element. Yet, as our needs to verify file contents and data transmissions evolve, we continually realize that better solutions and algorithms are needed. Better hashing algorithms are constantly in the works. However, as the past would indicate, cryptographers and hackers alike continue to find issues with each successive algorithm that is released. As one algorithm is broken, another is developed

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