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This is an opinion-based question to a large extent, but I hope it doesn't get flagged as off-topic, because it's really pertinent, specially in the context of the Meta question that Biv linked. I agree with Maarten's answer, but I want to add a bit, based on my own personal experience. Cryptography is a very deep subject, in the sense that very simple ...


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No, I think a general understanding of what a cipher, hash, signature, MAC and a few other of these concepts will make it much easier to understand what cryptography is about. It's like some knowledge about cars can be very helpful, even if you don't get to be a mechanic. Especially understanding a bit about certificates and PKI is pretty useful, as it is ...



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