SHA-256 stands for “Secure Hash Algorithm – 256 bit” and is a type of hash function commonly used in Blockchain.

Why SHA-256 is the most famous of all cryptographic hash functions? Due to being used extensively in blockchain technology.

Is SHA-2 the same as SHA-256? SHA-2 is a range of hash functions and includes SHA-256.

Interesting facts

  • For instance, Bitcoin mining uses SHA-256 as the Proof of Work algorithm.
  • In fact, SHA-256 is used in the creation of bitcoin addresses to improve security and privacy.