A cryptographically secure, computer hardware-implemented binary finite-field polynomial modular reduction method estimates and randomizes a polynomial quotient used for computation of a polynomial remainder. The randomizing error injected into the approximate polynomial quotient is limited to a few bits, e.g. less than half a word. The computed polynomial remainder is congruent with but a small random multiple of the residue, which can be found by a final strict binary field reduction by the modulus. In addition to a computational unit and operations sequencer, the computing hardware also includes a random or pseudo-random number generator for producing the random polynomial error. The modular reduction method thus resists hardware cryptoanalysis attacks, such as timing and power analysis attacks.