SHA-256 generator

SHA-256 (Secure Hash Algorithm 256) is a cryptographic hash function that is widely used to generate fixed-length outputs from a given input message, such as a string of text or a file. It is a member of the SHA-2 family of hash functions, which also includes SHA-224, SHA-384, and SHA-512.

SHA-256 generates a 256-bit hash value, which is unique to the input message. This means that even a small change in the input message will result in a completely different hash value, which makes it useful for verifying the integrity of data and detecting any unauthorized changes.

SHA-256 is considered a strong cryptographic algorithm and is widely used in many applications, such as digital signatures, password storage, and blockchain technology. It is generally considered to be more secure than its predecessor, SHA-1, which has been shown to have vulnerabilities that can be exploited by attackers. However, SHA-256 is not immune to attacks and may be replaced by newer and more secure algorithms in the future as the need arises.

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