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Encryption

encryption

Encryption is the conversion of data into a form not readily understood by unauthorized people, called cipehertext. Decryption is the conversion of encrypted data back into its original form, so it can be understood. Encryption can be as simple as substituting numbers for letters, or as complex as rearranging data bits using computer algorithms. See Key.



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