Recently, I have been interested in creating a quick one-way encryption method. After playing around with a lot of different variations, I settled on the following:

function encrypt(message, length) {
  // If the message is the empty string, return the empty string.
  if(message == "") {
    return "";
  // Calculate the offset of the first character.
  var chars = "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/".split("");
  for(var last = 0, i = 0, len = message.length; i < len; i++) {
    last = (message.charCodeAt(i) + 31 * last) % 59;
  // Adjust for the specified length if it was given.
  length = length || message.length;
  while(len < length) {
    message += message;
    len += len;
  message = message.slice(0, length);
  // Generate the encrypted string.
  for(var ret = "", i = 0; i < length; i++) {
    ret += chars[last = (i + last + message.charCodeAt(i)) % 64];
  return ret;

One nice thing about this function is the fact that you can restrict the encrypted message to a certain length. Another interesting thing is that, the ordering of the characters in the string matters. One last thing that I find interesting is that it truly acts as a one-way encryption method as long as there is more than one character (meaning you can’t decrypt the message once it is encrypted).

The main reason I created this function was to encrypt strings used to verify that a person is who they say they are (kind of like a password, but not exactly in my case 😉 ). All I have to say is, if you think you can break this encryption for string longer than one character, please let me know! 8)


Salu · April 21, 2012 at 12:27 AM


SkAZi · February 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Let you know:

Use bcrypt, use bcrypt, use bcrypt ©

    Darrel Williams · July 15, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    If you try running the code you have in the gist you will see it doesn’t even work:

    Are you saying your code is the result of encryption? 🙂

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