One of two keys used in public key cryptography and held privately by the recipient of encrypted data, typically used to sign digital signatures and to decrypt data that was encoded using the recipient's public key.
A key that is used both to encrypt and decrypt data in private key cryptography.
Private Key Sentence Examples
Kerberos is a network security protocol from MIT that uses private key cryptography to provide strong security between nodes.
Once the message has been encrypted with the public key, only the private key can then decrypt it.
Only a person knowing the private key will be able to produce public key and successfully decrypt traffic.
Once a message is encrypted with the public key it cannot be decrypted with the public key but only by the corresponding private key.
He can insist that the private key be handed over, rather than plain text.