Need to have inter-spy communication? Need to make sure that no one can understand your messages? You need a cipher, specifically a Vigenere Cipher. Created in 1553 by Giovan Battista Bellaso (What an awesome name!) and named after
Blaise de Vigenère (eh) . The Cipher was thought to be indecipherable for almost three centuries and the French even called it "'le chiffre indéchiffrable' (French for 'the indecipherable cipher')" .
The Cipher works by combining the numerical values of the letters in the message with the numerical values of the letters in the key.
Step 1: Your message
When you want to send a message you only need two things:
1. Your message
2. The Key- The key should be known by everyone you want to be able to decipher the message. Longer is more secure than short and random letters are more secure than a word. It should also be easy for everyone to remember.
3. For the first few times you are going to want some scratch paper to work the cipher out on, if you get good you can do it in your head.
My message: Meet at the Statue of Liberty at four on Friday.
My Key: Instructables
Why I picked my key: It is relatively long and it is not a word (in standard dictionaries).