What is hashing?

What is hashing?

Hashing is the process or technique of converting any data into certain codes or forms beyond recognition. It is an irreversible process. In order to hash any data, the input or the data is passed through a hash function,which uses some algorithms to calculate the corresponding hash value.Some of the most popular hashing algorithms are MD4, MD5, SHA, etc.

Real world impletation of hashing:

Now you must be wondering why and how hashing is used in the real world. Hashing of any data is done for the purpose of protecting it from the understanding of any other people.

For example:

Now, most of the websites use hashing of the password to store in their database.If by any chance the server of any website gets hacked or some sort of data breach happens from their server, then their user's passwords can be known by the attackers. And even though no such things happen, still the passwords can be seen by any people of administration of the website, now which creates the risk of privacy. So now here is where the hashing of the password plays the role. When the user sign up for the website, the website hashed the plain password and store it in the database. Now even though the server gets affected by hackers or not even the website administration can know the original plain password. They will just get the hashed password. And since hashing is an irreversible process, so none can convert the hash back into the original password. But what if what many people keep the same password?
If many people keep the same password, then obviously the hashed password will be also the same. And if now the hacker somehow using social engineering and bruteforce gets the password of one user then he/she can easily crack all hash passwords (of the people having the same password). So for the protection from this, a new method was introduced named "Salting".

Salting is a simple technique of adding an extra layer of security in hashing the passwords by adding a different unique value at the end of the passwords to generate the different hash passwords for every user.

Anonsagar Founder of Tritech and creator of "Anonsagar Cyber " blog that you are currently previewing. Through this blog and youtubechannel, my attempt is to teach basics and those coding techniques to people in short time which took me ages to learn. 6 min read