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Tool for automatic Shift Cipher that consists in replacing a letter by another one in the alphabet using a shifting system, a basic or complex sequence of numbers.

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Tool for automatic Shift Cipher that consists in replacing a letter by another one in the alphabet using a shifting system, a basic or complex sequence of numbers.

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How to encrypt using Shift cipher?

The shift cipher encryption uses an alphabet and shifts the position of its letters.

A letter in position $ N $ in the alphabet, can be shifted by $ X $ into the letter located at position $ N+X $ (This is equivalent to using a substitution with a shifted alphabet).

Example: Take the letter E in position 5 in the alphabet ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ, it will be encrypted by a shift of 3 in position 8 or H.

If the shifted position exceeds the number of letters in the alphabet, then take it at the beginning (imagine the alphabet as cyclical)

Example: Z shifted by 1 gives A.

It is thus possible to define different type of shifts, some shifts correspond to known encryption algorithms:

A single shift (all letters are shifted by the same value) is called Caesar Code.

A multiple shift, according to a sequence or a key that is repeated (the letters are shifted from each of the key values), it is called Vigenere Cipher.

A mathematical shift, the easier is progressive, shifting the nth letter of the value n is the Trithemus Cipher or if the shift is more complex Affine Cipher or even Hill Cipher.

How to decrypt using Shift cipher?

Decryption requires knowing the shift used and the alphabet.

Take a letter in position N in the alphabet that has been encrypted by a shift of X, it must be shifted by -X to return to its original position N-X.

Example: The letter H in position 8 in the alphabet ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ, will be decrypted from a shift of 3 in position 8-3=5 or E.

Example: The word TIJGU is decoded with an offset of 1 as SHIFT

How to use a date as key shift?

The shift cipher can take a date as key (called date shift cipher), generally in the formats YYYYMMDD is used as it contains a series of 8 digits which can be used as the shift key.

Example: DATECODE coded with the date 2020/10/10 or (2,0,2,0,1,0,1,0) becomes FAVEDOEE

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