Origin of encrypt
1940–45; en-1 + -crypt (abstracted from cryptic, cryptography, etc.), modeled on encode
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Examples from the Web for encrypt
That refers to software that can encrypt chat communications, emails, and more.How to Keep the NSA at Bay: The Tricks From Privacy Experts
June 8, 2013
There are often steps taken by hackers to use sophisticated mathematical formulas to encrypt their communications.Did Iran’s Cyber-Army Hack Into the IAEA’s computers?
December 5, 2012
If the government really wants to stop WikiLeaks, it can encrypt its cables.How the State Department Can Stop the Next WikiLeaks
James C. Goodale
December 1, 2010
You'd encrypt the message with your private key and my public key.
So instead of just encrypting the message with your private key, you also encrypt it with your boss's public key.
- to put (a message) into code
- to put (computer data) into a coded form
- to distort (a television or other signal) so that it cannot be understood without the appropriate decryption equipment
C20: from en- 1 + crypt, as in crypto-
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Word Origin and History for encrypt
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To alter information using a code or mathematical algorithm so as to be unintelligible to unauthorized readers.
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