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v2.8.3 Is Out Now (for all operating systems)

v2.8.3 of QuickHash is now available for Windows, Linux and Apple Mac OSX users. This version should, arguably, have been v2.9.0 because, for the first time in years, a new tab has been added offering a complete range of Base64 decoding. There's lots more improvements too. See the release notes and user manual for full details, but very briefly the user can hash a Base64 encoded file (or a folder of such files) and have the encoded and decoded hash values computed, without the user having to manually do the decoding. There's also a useful button that simply decoded [...]

By | 2017-08-09T00:32:22+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Release Announcements|0 Comments

v2.8.3 Beta2 Available Now

v2.8.3 Beta2 is available now from Github (https://github.com/tedsmith/quickhash/releases/tag/v2.8.3) This beta contains further improvements most notably to the Base64 decoding tab such as more gracious error reporting and how it responds if the user decides to cancel a step etc. It now stops more gracefully rather than just violently showing you error messages and then closing down! There's also been a checker added that Base64 data is indeed Base64 data before it tries to decode it. This is not a very robust check, but it is a check, whereas in Beta1 there was no check. Also added better disk handling [...]

By | 2017-07-26T17:40:25+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Base64 Decoding and Hashing Coming Soon

v2.8.3 has been in development for a few weeks and I was about to start thinking about getting it compiled and released, but then one user contacted me with quite a unique and good idea that I hadn't thought of before...Base64 decoding. As you may know, Base64 encoding can be used to convert files like PDF e-mail attachments and picture files into a form of non-binary data that is text based. Base64 is basically groups of 4 text characters that typically ends with an '=' or '==' character. Once decoded, the original file can be used as normal. So [...]

By | 2017-07-21T15:00:43+00:00 July 21st, 2017|News|0 Comments

QuickHash forms part of training at Cal Poly in California

From time to time, I like to see where QuickHash has hit the news and tech bloggers. I was delighted to find today (a few weeks after publication I admit) a great and inspiring article at Mustang News (http://mustangnews.net) titled 'How cybersecurity is becoming a hot topic at Cal Poly' written by Brendan Matsuyama. The link to the article is here for those who want to read it in full : http://mustangnews.net/cal-poly-cybersecurity-leader/ and it talks about how the California Cyber Training Complex (CCTC). Key stakeholders in the project include Cal Poly, the California Military Department, local and state law [...]

By | 2017-05-31T23:41:29+00:00 May 31st, 2017|News|0 Comments

QuickHash v2.8.2 for all platforms is out

QuickHash v2.8.2 is out now for Windows, Linux and Apple Mac OSX. The instructions for use are contained inside the download, and the SHA-1 hashes for all the compiled binaries and also the zip packages are supplied. Download now for your platform from http://quickhash-gui.org/downloads/ To report bugs or problems, visit http://quickhash-gui.org/bug-tracker/  

By | 2017-05-31T10:38:42+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Release Announcements|0 Comments

Quickhash v2.8.2 due soon

v2.8.2 is about ready for release. I just need to get it compiled for all three platforms. If you want to review the changes and the source code, head over to the Github page at https://github.com/tedsmith/quickhash.  Of most significant note, though, is the addition of a main menu that includes some basic functionality and an about page, meaning more 'about' information such as the the homepage and donation link can go there, instead of on the main terface, which some users had a moan about with v2.8.1. Also of interest is if the user clicks an alternative hash algorithm [...]

By | 2017-05-30T23:15:37+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Release Announcements|0 Comments

QuickHash v2.8.1 Released for All Platforms

v2.8.1 out now for Windows, Linux and Apple Mac OSX, for both 32 and 64 bit architectures. Simply navigate over to the Downloads area : http://quickhash-gui.org/downloads/ and choose your download for your system. As always, Windows users are encouraged to just use the 32-bit executable file. Linux users must use either the 32-bit or 64-bit binary for their system. And Apple Mac OSX Users should ensure they have set their security settings to "allow programs downloaded from anywhere" in the "Settings --> Security" options, and they also need to ensure the binary file has executable permissions. Release Notes : [...]

By | 2017-05-09T15:41:03+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Release Announcements|0 Comments

Manny Fernandez over at Infosec Monkey blogs about QuickHash

I spotted this a little late, but  Manny Fernandez over at Infosec Monkey (http://www.infosecmonkey.com/2016/10/14/quickhash-multi-platform-hashing-tool/) blogged about QuickHash back in October 2016 with a very friendly and detailed description of QuickHash-GUI, and he also gives many reasons as to the scenarios that it can be useful. I only just found it after looking through some twitter posts about the tool! It's surprising how many people have tweeted about it actually :-) A useful read for any prospective user, and I thank the author for the write up.

By | 2017-04-11T23:27:33+00:00 April 11th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Michael Bartholow blogs about using QuickHash for encrypting email addresses for Google AdWords Customer Match

It always pleases me to read about QuickHash in the blogs and articles written by other tech folks. Michael Bartholow does so in his article titled "Encrypting Emails for Google AdWords Customer Match". He recalls the story most familiar to many of us...the big corporate licensed tools like Excel and so on failing to do what we can achieve ourselves through open-source development. His blog describes using QuickHash for generating hash values suitable for injestion by Google AdWords. It's a pleasure to get such high praise. Makes you feel like your work is paying off. Perhaps not financially, but [...]

By | 2017-04-04T22:10:14+00:00 April 4th, 2017|News|2 Comments