Encryption Definition

ĕn-krĭpshən
noun
The process or result of encrypting data.
American Heritage
Cryptography.
American Heritage

(cryptography) The process of obscuring information to make it unreadable without special knowledge, key files, and/or passwords. May also apply to electronic signal, hard drive, message, document...

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
encoding
verb
Encryption is defined as the conversion of something to code or symbols so that its contents cannot be understood if intercepted.
When a confidential email needs to be sent and you use a program that obscures its content, this is an example of encryption.
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A data protection strategy for electronic information that is transmitted over the Internet. Encryption prevents the unauthorized access of the transmitted information.
Webster's New World Finance

The art or science, or system, of coding or ciphering data into symbolic form to disguise, and thereby secure, the contents of a message. Generally in the form of firmware, rather than software, encryption logic commonly both scrambles and compresses message units (e.g., blocks or packets) prior to transmission. The receiving device is equipped with the necessary logic to decompress and decrypt the data. Private key is a symmetric encryption method that uses the secret same key to encrypt and decrypt data. Public key is an asymmetric encryption method with an encryption (encoding) key that can be used by all authorized network users and a decryption (decoding) key that is kept secret. Encryption algorithms and mechanisms used in telecommunications include Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), Data Encryption Standard (DES), RSA, and Triple DES. See also AES, algorithm, block, code, cryptography, DES, message unit, packet, RSA, scramble, security, steganography, and Triple DES.

Webster's New World Telecom
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Other Word Forms of Encryption

Noun

Singular:
encryption
Plural:
encryptions

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