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Princeton's WordNet

  1. encoding, encryption(noun)

    the activity of converting data or information into code


  1. encryption(Noun)

    The process of obscuring information to make it unreadable without special knowledge, key files, and/or passwords.


  1. Encryption

    In cryptography, encryption is the process of encoding messages in such a way that eavesdroppers or hackers cannot read it, but that authorized parties can. In an encryption scheme, the message or information is encrypted using an encryption algorithm, turning it into an unreadable ciphertext. This is usually done with the use of an encryption key, which specifies how the message is to be encoded. Any adversary that can see the ciphertext should not be able to determine anything about the original message. An authorized party, however, is able to decode the ciphertext using a decryption algorithm, that usually requires a secret decryption key, that adversaries do not have access to. For technical reasons, an encryption scheme usually needs a key-generation algorithm to randomly produce keys. There are two basic types of encryption schemes: Symmetric-key and public-key encryption. In symmetric-key schemes, the encryption and decryption keys are the same. Thus communicating parties must agree on a secret key before they wish to communicate. In public-key schemes, the encryption key is published for anyone to use and encrypt messages. However, only the receiving party has access to the decryption key and is capable of reading the encrypted messages. Public-key encryption is a relatively recent invention: historically, all encryption schemes have been symmetric-key schemes.

Editors Contribution

  1. encryption

    To change language into computer code that is safe and secure.

    The computer systems all use encryption in their systems to ensure they are safe and secure.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 19, 2020  

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How to say encryption in sign language?

  1. encryption


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of encryption in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of encryption in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of encryption in a Sentence

  1. Yuval Steinitz:

    Every country carries out its own encryption.

  2. Manish Tewari:

    The encryption policy is a snooping and spying orgy.

  3. James Scott:

    When flimsy cyber defense fails, Format Preserving Encryption prevails

  4. Keith Bostic:

    Perl - The only language that looks the same before and after RSA encryption.

  5. Christopher Soghoian:

    Encryption is best when it is hidden, invisible to the user and turned on by default.

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