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Dictionary Entry - encryption
encryption
Computer encryption is based on the science of cryptography, which has been used throughout history. Before the digital age, the biggest users of cryptography were governments, particularly for military purposes. The existence of coded messages has been verified as far back as the Roman Empire. But most forms of cryptography in use these days rely on computers, simply because a human-based code is too easy for a computer to crack.
Most computer encryption systems belong in one of two categories:

Symmetric-key encryption
Public-key encryption
More info : How Encryption Works
Dictionary Entry - encryption

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