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Friday Squid Blogging: Sqids – Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Sqids

They’re short unique strings:

Sqids (pronounced “squids”) is an open-source library that allows the generation of YouTube-like IDs from numbers. These IDs are short, can be created using a custom alphabet, and are guaranteed to be collision-free.

Although I haven’t delved into the specifics, it is intriguing how Sqids can guarantee the absence of collisions.

As usual, feel free to discuss any security stories in the news that I haven’t covered.

For more information, please refer to my blog posting guidelines here.

Posted on December 29, 2023 at 5:08 AM


Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.

Key Points:

  1. Friday Squid Blogging: Sqids is an article discussing the open-source library called Sqids that can generate YouTube-like IDs from numbers.
  2. Sqids IDs are short, can be customized using a specific alphabet, and are guaranteed to be collision-free.
  3. The author expresses curiosity about the mechanism behind the guaranteed absence of collisions.
  4. Readers are invited to share security stories not covered in the article, and the blog posting guidelines are provided for reference.
  5. The article concludes with additional information about the author and a sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier.

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