Cryptographic Checksums and/or Hashes

What is a cryptographic checksum?

Generated by a cryptographic algorithm, a cryptographic checksum is a mathematical value assigned to a file sent through a network for verifying that the data contained in that file is unchanged. The algorithm performs numerous mathematical operations to create a hash value, or fixed string of digits. This hash value is then used as a checksum to confirm that the sent file was not changed by an attacker

More info on checksums…

How do I verify my file?

Below are recommended sites that will generate a checksum for your file. Once generated, compare the generated checksum with the one we sent you in the email containing the file. IT MUST MATCH EXACTLY… If not, the file is considered different from the original and therefore cannot be trusted.

This site allows drag & drop… https://emn178.github.io/online-tools/md5_checksum.html

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