• In this exercise you learn about the basics of hashing. To complete this assignment, follow these steps and detail your findings along the way. Be sure to answer any question thoroughly. This assignment should be completed in Windows.  

    1. Download and Install  (Located in Microsoft Teams as well).

    2. We will use the hashing feature (SHA256) of this tool for this exercise. 

    3. Open Notepad and type the following in the text into the file Test. Save the file as Test.txt

    4. Using 7-Zip record the hash of this file (You will right click on the file itself in a window and use 7-zip and SHA). suggest you use a Windows Snipping Tool for screenshotsRight click on Test.txt and rename the file to TestS4.txt.

    5. Using 7-Zip record the hash of the file TestS4.txt. I suggest you use a screenshot. What happened to the hash value? 

    6. Open the file TestS4.txt in Notepad and click save as. Type the message “Will the hash change?” and Save the file.

    7. Using 7-Zip record the hash of the file TestS4.txt. I suggest you use a screenshot. What happened to the hash value?

    8. Open the file TestS4.txt in Notepad and click save as. Change the Save as type value to All files. In the File name:field add .pdf and click save. 

    9. Using 7-Zip record the hash of the file TestS4.pdfsuggest you use a screenshot. What happened to the hash value?

    10. Open the file TestS4.pdf in Notepad and click save as. Change the Save as type value to All files. In the File name:field add .docx and click save.

    11. Using 7-Zip record the hash of the file TestS4.docxsuggest you use a screenshot. What happened to the hash value?

    12. Delete the file TestS4.docx.

    13. Open the file Test.txt using Microsoft Word and save the file as Test.docxUsing 7-Zip record the hash of the file TestS4.docxsuggest you use a screenshot. What happened to the hash value and why? 

    Deliverables 

    Additional Requirements 

    • Must be in a WORD document. 

    • Report documenting what happened to hashes as you completed this assignment. (you may create your own report format for this assignment) 

    • Provide screenshots for all files created for this assignment, including Test4.docx, and all hash values.

    • Main Report naming convention is LastName_HML.docx. 


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