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(Uncrackable?) Sliding Paper Strip Vigenere Cipher


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What do you think of this cipher? Is there any way it can be broken besides brute force?

Come up with 3 passwords whose lengths are prime relative to each other (coprime).

Convert each letter to its position in the alphabet. Write down these number-versions of your passwords on 3 strips of paper.

Line them up, one on top of another, with your plaintext at the bottom.

Sum the three numbers above the first letter of your plaintext. Sum that with the position of the first plaintext letter in the alphabet.

Find the letter in the regular English alphabet that corresponds to that new sum. That’s the first letter of your ciphertext.

Repeat this process for every letter of your plaintext.

Are your passwords only about 30 letters long but the message you’re trying to encrypt is 10,000 letters long?

No problem! If you ever reach the end of any of the 3 strips, slide the start location of the strip to where it’s end location currently is.

With only 3 easily memorizable passwords, a pen and paper, you can protect anything you would ever write down with unbreakable encryption!

Thanks to the magic of prime numbers.

What do you guys think?

It’s a triple-encrypted Vigenere but the difference between this one and regular Vigenere is it can’t be cracked because the least common multiple of the length of all the passwords is greater than the length of any plaintext.