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# [C/C++] Beginner's Xor Encryption

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### #1 tpPacino

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 06:20 AM

Beginner's XOR encryption/decryption

This is a part of a series about encryption which I'll make with time. This first part will contain the simplest of all encryptions.
Before we start, you should know only one thing about computers and of course some C/C++ basics.
The one thing you should know is how the computer works, i.e. how it stores data. Every computer stores data in binary, that is in form of bytes ( 1 or 0 ). 1 byte is 8 bits and 8 bits is a set of 8 zeros and ones.
This is where the tutorial starts.
Binary data can be encrypted using a key, which is based on a bool operator called XOR (Exclusive OR ).

With this you can encrypt strings, integers, etc.
For example let's pretend we want to encrypt a char. Let's use the char 'c'. It's ASCII value is 99 in decimal. We need to convert it to binary, so the binary value of 99 = 1100011.
The next step is getting a key to use for the encryption and later on, the decryption. Let's take the number 12. It's binary value is 0001100.
What we need to do is the following:
```1100011
0001100
---------- // using XOR
1101111 // XOR encrypted char
```
The decimal value of the encrypted char is 111. That the char 'o'. So we encrypted the char 'c' to char 'o' using XOR encryption with the key 12 ( 0001100 ).
Now we need to decrypt it. We will be using the key as following:
```1101111
0001100
---------- // XOR decryption
1100011 // ---- we get the first char back
```
If we want to encrypt/decrypt a string, we would do the logic on every character individually.

The code

The implementation will be shown using C++ programming language.

```
#include <iostream>
#include <string>
using namespace std;
string XOREncryption(string str, int key)
{
string enc("");
for (unsigned int i(0); i < str.length(); i++) // iterates through the string to encrypt
enc += str[i] ^ key; // ^ - XOR operator in C++
return enc;
}
string XORDecryption(string str, int key)
{
string dec("");
for (unsigned int i(0); i < str.length(); i++)// iterates through the string to decrypt
dec += str[i] ^ key; // ^ - XOR operator in C++
return dec;
}
int main() {

string str, encrypted, decrypted;
cin >> str;
encrypted = XOREncryption(str, 12); // storing the encrypted string
decrypted = XORDecryption(encrypted, 12); // storing the decrypted string
cout << "Encrypted string: " << encrypted;
cout << "\nDecrypted string: " << decrypted;
return 0;
}

```
There are other, more secure methods, but this is a beginner's guide, so we won't complicate stuff too much...
If you got any further questions, please share them with us
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### #2 skrtbhtngr

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 11:39 AM

Good work and a nice Encryption Program for beginners!!
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