to convert (a message or the like) into cipher or code: The letter was encrypted before being mailed to protect it from any prying eyes.
Computers. to change (digital data) into a form that cannot be read without converting it back using a unique key: The protocol encrypts all of your personal information, including credit card number, name, and address, so that it cannot be stolen.
- en·cryp·tion, en·cryp·ta·tion [en-krip-tey-shuhn], /ɛnˌkrɪpˈteɪ ʃən/, noun
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How to use encrypt in a sentence
An encrypted message is then shared over a conventional communication channel and the quantum key is used to decipher it.A New Breakthrough Just Brought City-Wide Quantum Communication Into Reach | Edd Gent | September 7, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Chi Mak, a naturalized US citizen born in China, is arrested after his brother was stopped at Los Angeles International Airport carrying encrypted disks containing information from Chi.A brief history of US-China espionage entanglements | Konstantin Kakaes | September 3, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
The malware was designed to install ransomware, a kind of malware that encrypts a victim’s files in exchange for a ransom.Elon Musk confirms Tesla was target of foiled ransomware attack | Kirsten Korosec | August 28, 2020 | TechCrunch
The indictment also notes that Bannon and his alleged co-conspirators began using encrypted messaging apps after learning a federal investigation was underway.5 crazy details from the case against Steve Bannon—including ‘a boat named Warfighter’ | Jeff | August 20, 2020 | Fortune
That was a scary prospect for computer security experts, because the fact that such a task is difficult is essential to the way computers encrypt sensitive information.To live up to the hype, quantum computers must repair their error problems | Emily Conover | June 22, 2020 | Science News
That refers to software that can encrypt chat communications, emails, and more.How to Keep the NSA at Bay: The Tricks From Privacy Experts | Winston Ross | June 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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? | Eli Lake | December 5, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
So instead of just encrypting the message with your private key, you also encrypt it with your boss's public key.
You'd encrypt the message with your private key and my public key.
I'd decrypt it, read it, re-encrypt it with your boss's real public key and send it on.
British Dictionary definitions for encrypt
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
- encrypted, adjective
- encryption, noun
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Scientific definitions for encrypt
To alter information using a code or mathematical algorithm so as to be unintelligible to unauthorized readers.
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