encryption

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Scrambling sensitive information so that it becomes unreadable to everyone except the intended recipient. Encryption is performed by hardware/software devices which use a series of mathematical operations (encryption algorithm) to generate encrypted data called cypher text. The recipient, who must have an 'electronic key' to decrypt the data, uses a similar device to convert cypher text back to its original (readable) form called clear text.

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The IT professionals were hired by the young celebrity to protect her personal computer files from hackers using encryption.
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Most electronic financial transactions are subject to heavy encryption to prevent any sensitive information from being stolen and used for illegal purposes.
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To break into the database, Daryl needed to figure out the encryption to the mainframe computer database, so he could open the door.
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