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 is needed are the main advantages of visual secret sharing. In this paper, we propose a new design for friendly visual secret sharing. 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.
Proceedings of 2014 e-CASE & e-Tech International Conference, pp. 1629-1640