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Do the security experts at IT Security have a preference between the two cryptography courses offered by Coursera (Stanford), "Cryptography I" and Udacity, "Applied Cryptography"?

I am seeking an introductory-level course, and have a modest amount of experience with Java, macros, and CS in general.

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I've heard a lot of praise for the coursera crypto course. – CodesInChaos Apr 11 '13 at 22:20
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I don't believe there can be an objective answer to that question. So, here is a subjective answer: the Coursera course is by Dan Boneh, so it cannot be bad.

Note: cryptography is a rather advanced topic. To really get the hang of it, you need to know a bit of maths, especially linear algebra and some probabilities.

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I enjoyed the beginning of Cryptography I, but had to drop out because of work work work. It was challenging and interesting. – Andrew Russell Apr 11 '13 at 22:41

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