Sha256 is a hashing algorithm.

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Client-server encryption technique explanation (TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256, 128 bit keys)

I opened a web page using https. When I looked at the page info provided by my browser (Firefox) I saw following: Connection encrypted: High-grade Encryption (...
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Security of bcrypt/sha256 key used with AES to encrypt a file

I'm looking to encrypt files using secure hashing and encryption algorithms in Python. Having used bcrypt in the past, I decided to use it for my passphrase calculator, then pass the output through ...
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Deprecation of SHA1 code signing certificates on Windows

EDIT (7/7/2016) - see addition at the end of post I have been keenly following the issues with regards to Microsoft deprecating the use of SHA1 code-signing certificates for Windows executables (http:...
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How secure are sha256 + salt hashes for password storage [duplicate]

I started reading about password hashing recently on multiple sites like this page on crackstation and others, and for what I have understood, I should avoid using hashing algorithms like md5 and sha1 ...
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Manually walking through the signature validation of a certificate

Since I am not too familiar with the Web of Trust and Public Key-Infrastructure I decided to learn about it by following the signing chain of a X.509 certificate issued to CN=*wikipedia.org (Serial ...
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which hashing algorithm is better to use to store a password, sha256 or sha512? [duplicate]

which hashing algorithm is better to use to store a password, sha256 or sha512? I know that sha512 is more secure than sha256 but I was wondering if it has some disadvantages or it is completely ...
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Convert SHA-256 to SHA-1 and MD5 - Increase bit length/entropy? [duplicate]

I know this is a real dumb question and I am certainly talking complete rubbish, but let me explain: We have a long SHA-256 hash, e.g.: ...
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What risk does commoditized dedicated SHA256 processors pose to IT Operations?

With the advent of GPU-based computing, and now commoditized/dedicated SHA256 processors, what risk does this hardware pose to cryptography? What security algorithms should be closely watched or ...