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private key

noun

in cryptography, an encryption/decryption value known only to the party or parties that exchange secret messages; also called secret key

Examples

Some systems use both a public and private key.

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  • He let himself in at his door with a private key—and I saw him no more.

    Vendetta Marie Corelli
  • He locked the door with a private key, and kicked a chair up to the table.

    The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott
  • The second lock -- your private key -- only comes off with your public key.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • You'd encrypt the message with your private key and my public key.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • I can put it on my "keyring" -- a list of keys that I've signed with my private key.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • Because if they can decrypt it with your public key, it can only have been encrypted with your private key.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • I signed it and encrypted it with my private key and the public key Masha had provided.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • He went over to the sideboard, unlocked a lower division of it with his private key, and drew forth a half-bottle of champagne.

    Mrs. Thompson William Babington Maxwell
  • You may possibly have been brought to these apartments by means of a private key which is in my possession.

    The Man Who Laughs

    Victor Hugo
  • So instead of just encrypting the message with your private key, you also encrypt it with your boss's public key.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

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