RCA is used for most standard public key/private key encryption techniques. Due to its burden on resources, RCA is generally used to encrypt random session keys wich are then used to encode messages with RC4. RCA also brings digital certificates into the picture. This, and many other "public" algorithms using RC4 do not truly make the message secure. Encryption is performed in 8 bit blocks - or 1 byte. Typing "AAAAAA", you will see a pattern begin for form with the encrypted data. If someone were to look at the results from encrypting each letter of the alphabet, your data would be compromized. Also, the public/private keys are limited between a range of 1 and about 65000. This is primarily a starting point if you want to enable a more secure encryption scheme, or you just want to learn more about it.
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I ran the program overnight and received high values of 95375 (public), 64633 (private), 65017 (modulus). Each one was for a different key pair. So it appears it will generate 17-bit numbers (but still far below the 'secure' minimum of 1024). I'll see how high it can be tweaked. Good code! I have searched for over a year for an implementation of public/private key pair encryption in VB. (If this comment was disrespectful, please report it.)
Excellent work. For simple encryption tasks, where you just want to hide a password or form value from inquisitive eyes, this is perfect. Took a whole ten minutes to incorporate into my program. Thank you very much for sharing this with us. (If this comment was disrespectful, please report it.)
How do you figure out the number of bits anyway? How do you get them higher? (If this comment was disrespectful, please report it.)
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