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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 |April 4th, 2017|News|2 Comments

New video to showcase QuickHash-GUI

This evening I recorded a new video of QuickHash-GUI. The former video was a couple of years old now, and despite having quite a lot of views and comments, it showcased what was, in part, some redundant functionality that has since been improved or adjusted. The video is not designed as an authority on the program - merely to show users how they might use it and briefly explain some of the features more easily than reading it. However, the user manual is and always has been quite comprehensive and it details the programs features and strengths and is [...]

By |March 31st, 2017|News|0 Comments

The X-Ways Clips Online Learning Platform

In addition to being the developer of QuickHash, I am, and was before I started programming, an enormous supporter of the digital forensics and disk analysis tool, X-Ways Forensics (and of course it's originating program, Winhex). It is, in my view, the best forensic tool in the world. I've used it for years and several years I ago I made it somewhat of a personal mission to try and persuade others in the digital forensics realm that it is so much more capable as a "routine digital forensics tool", useful for so much more than just detailed hex analysis, [...]

By |March 24th, 2017|News|0 Comments

NSRL Hash Set Stripper

A quick utility I cobbled together may be of interest to any users who have involvement with the NSRL Hash Sets. The program is designed to take the original NSRL hash set as downloaded from the NIST website, and converts it to a single file containing just a column of hashes that you have asked for. The output file can then be injested directly into whatever tool or purpose you have a need for it. It saves a new output file that contains only the column of hashes you require, suitably formatted for immediate injestion into a digital forensic [...]

By |March 24th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Recommending UserSearch.org

www.UserSearch.org A friend of mine has run a website for several years called www.UserSearch.org and it is certainly worthy of a mention. Designed as a tool to help look for various online profiles of any given individual, it can help assist in all manner of matters. It is aimed at the social networks of the modern age, including obvious sites like Facebook and twitter but also dating sites and the like. It used by investigators from many backgrounds, as well as by individuals who may just be trying to track down a long lost friend. [...]

By |March 23rd, 2017|News|0 Comments

SHA-1 Hash collisions of actual files

A really interesting article here regarding SHA-1 hash algorithm and collisions. MD5 collisions have been known for a long time, and SHA-1 collisions have theoretically been around for a while too, albeit engineered collisions as opposed to accidental ones. Because of that, NIST have not really endorsed SHA-1 for a few years although their hash databases still comprise their values (as they do for MD5, for that matter). So I don't think engineered collisions render the algorithm useless - certainly not for most daily tasks, but perhaps for security more so. The work was conducted following a long term [...]

By |February 23rd, 2017|News|0 Comments

What is the newly added xxHash algorithm?

So with the release of Quickhash v2.8.0 (arguably the most significant release of the program since v2.0) came the super fast xxHash algorithm. Many of you may be wondering what it is and why I added it. But I also know many of you who use QuickHash are probably "hash enthusiasts" who always like to check that File A in front of you is the same as FileA over there with utter certainty and there is no room for any doubt. You're also probably hash purists. "MD5 is broken...SHA-1 is not much better, you should only ever use SHA-256..." [...]

By |February 14th, 2017|News|2 Comments

v2.7.1 is on the horizon

v2.7.1 is being developed. A few minor issues cropped up with the release of v2.7.0, which was not unexpected as I reported in my earlier post. One notable issue is a permissions issue with the creation of a settings xml file that was added with 2.7.0. As it turns out, there's a bit of a snag with it on Apple Mac OSX and Linux, so a change has been made to ensure the xml file is called the same as the program, instead of "QH_Settings.xml". One of those things I didn't anticipate and kindly fixed by Dareal (https://github.com/darealshinji).  There's some [...]

By |January 15th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Quickhash now included with Parrot Security OS

I am proud to announce that the up-and-coming rising star Linux distribution of the moment....Parrot Security OS, now included QuickHash v2.7.0! One of the developers was very helpful in including it and I'm really very pleased. Getting a software tool into a mainstream Linux system is a big deal. Before Parrot, Quickhash was included in CAINE and DEFT, both of which are fine Linux distributions too. But no others had it, until now. This means you can simply launch the terminal in the distribution and just type 'quickhash' and there it will be. Parrot Security OS is a great [...]

By |January 8th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Debian Package coming soon!

Thanks to Dareal Shinji (https://github.com/darealshinji) a Debian package for QuickHash is available and if accepted by Debian package moderators, available as part of the Debian distribution (it has not been submitted, yet)! We still need to get it all polished and make a few teaks to the paperwork before submitting it but once that's done, hopefully later in 2017 it will be ready for submission. In the meantime, you can download a deb package here :  http://quickhash-gui.org/download/debian-package-v2-7-0-for-linux/  

By |December 23rd, 2016|News|0 Comments