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Check hash values (MD5, CRC32, SHA-1) via context-menu tabs

If you want to stay secure, it’s always good to compare hash values when you are downloading files online.

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About MD5 and why SHA-2 is better

MD5 is a cryptographic hash function that can be used to compare file and data integrity or encrypting passwords. However, it is believed that MD5 and other algorithms like SHA-1 are flawed and can be easily faked. It is therefore advisable to double-check other indicators of trust as well, including site headers, SSL certificates and other information that can identify a source.

Security experts often recommend using SHA512 and SHA-2, but not for passwords. Tokens and two-factor authentication are the industry norm for storing website passwords.

Windows: HashTab

The program that adds the hash value to your context menu is called hashtab.

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Actually, it adds a new tab to the Properties menu and not the context menu but it’s still faster than using a 3rd-party application. Here’s what it looks like:

checking file hashes via context menu

1. Step Right-click a file, click on Properties

2. Step You can see a file File Hashes

3. Step You can compare the hashes (MD5, CRC32, SHA-1) with files by using the button Compare a file…

Android

For android there are quite a few handy MD5 checker available as well.

Try this one

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