What is hashing? Hashing a password means that users cannot have their passwords compromised when a database engineer is reading cleartext in user databases (to a degree, the passwords could be decoded, but hashing them makes them illegible to someone who is not doing anything extensive). And also prevents hackers from reading passwords in plain text and can be compromised by collision attacks. Additionally when hashing a password a salt may be added to the password, this prevents a database from being attacked by dictionary attacks. Why Hash Passwords? Storing User credentials in Plain Text is generally as bad practice as it allows… Continue reading Using Hashlib to Securely store user passwords and credentials.