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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 private, 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. The California-based company:

    In this rapidly evolving cyber-threat environment, companies should remain free to implement strong encryption to protect customers.

  3. Jan Dawson:

    I think that this case could become the trigger for a bigger discussion around encryption and backdoors, but it’s very hard to tell how it will all go.

  4. Mark Zuckerberg:

    Working towards implementing end-to-end encryption for all private communications is the right thing to do.

  5. James Comey:

    U.S. officials believe it is likely the plotters of the Paris attacks used phones or communications devices that could not be monitored by law enforcement because of encryption. Speaking at the event, the head of the FBI said ISIS had a history of taking precautions to prevent monitoring any planning of lethal attacks. If they find somebody who they think might kill on their behalf… they move them to a mobile messaging app that’s encrypted.

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