Learning about encryption can be a pain, especially if you are not very fond of numbers and math. This is why Mozilla, together with an Italian creative agency, has created Codemoji, a fun educational tool that teaches users the basics of encryption using emoji.
While encryption is a very important tool for everything online, not many people fully understand what it’s all about. Mozilla wants to change that by introducing Codemoji. It is a web-based platform that lets people write a message and encode it using an emoji. The text will then change to a bunch of emoji and you can send that to your friend.
You friend will then have to try to decrypt the string of random emoji. Of course, he/she will not be able to decrypt the message unless you give them the key emoji used for encryption, “it’s that easy”.
Mozilla hopes that with this tool, everyday internet users will know about ciphers and the basics of encryption.
“When more people understand how encryption works and why it’s important to them, more people can stand up for encryption when it matters most. This is crucial: Currently, encryption is being threatened around the world. From France to Australia to the UK, governments are proposing policies that would harm user security by weakening encryption. And in the U.S., the FBI recently asked Apple to undermine the security of its own products.” – Mark Surman, Executive Director of Mozilla.
You can play with Codemoji at its website on this link. Just key in a message and encrypt it using an emoji. You can then share the message with your friends, but do remember to send them hints about the emoji used.
Do note that while Codemoji can be a pretty fun way to message your friends, don’t use it for sensitive messages. Check out Codemoji now and have fun.