— Different from conventional cryptography, visual cryptography is an image cryptographic technique proposed by Naor and Shamir. It encodes a secret image into n pieces of noise-like shares. When k or more than k pieces of shares are gathered from participants, human visual system will disclose the secret image on the stacked image easily. Neither complicated mathematical computation nor any knowledge of cryptography are needed are the main advantages of visual cryptography. In this paper, we propose a new design for friendly visual cryptography scheme. The secret will be hiding into two meaningful shares. The black-appearing ratio in each block of the shares for the corresponding black (rep. white) secret pixel is the same. Therefore, it is impossible for one to disclose any information related to the secret image on each share, which achieves the goal of improving security. When shares are superimposed, the contours of the cover image will disappear on the stacked image, which will only reveal the secret image. According to our experimental results, the contrasts of the shares or the stacked images are good which can reveal the contents of the cover images and the secret image clearly.
— Friendly visual secret sharing, secret sharing, visual cryptography.
Young-Chang Hou and Hsin-Yin Liao are with the Department of Information Management, Tamkang University, New Taipei City 25137, Taiwan, Republic of China (e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Zen-Yu Quan is with the Department of Information Management, National Central University, Jhongli City, Taoyuan County 32001, Taiwan, Republic of China (e-mail: zyquan1207 @gmail.com).
Cite: Young-Chang Hou, Zen-Yu Quan, and Hsin-Yin Liao, " New Designs for Friendly Visual Cryptography Scheme," International Journal of Information and Electronics Engineering vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 15-20, 2015.