an alphanumeric (letters and/or numbers) series that enables data to be encrypted and then decrypted so it can be safely shared among members of a network

a secret value used to encrypt and decrypt messages or hashes

a series of letters and numbers that enables data to be encrypted and then decrypted so it can be safely shared within a network

a string of alphanumeric characters that you make up and use to encrypt/decrypt credit cards

a string of octal numbers used to encrypt and decrypt packets of information

A series of letters, numbers, or other characters that enables data to be encrypted or decrypted. Encrypting data allows it to be safely shared in a network. WEP uses the same key at both ends of the communication, encrypting the data at transmission and decrypting it upon receipt. Some encryption types use two keys: a public key to encrypt the data and a private key to decrypt it. Public keys are available to all, but each private key is kept secret so that only its owner can use it to decrypt messages encoded with the matching public key. Back

A variable value that is applied using an algorithm to a string or block of unencrypted text to produce encrypted text, or to decrypt encrypted text. The length of the key is a factor in considering how difficult it will be to decrypt the text in a given message. Enterprise System See Critical System

A binary data value that is used to encrypt and decrypt data. The number of bits in the encryption key is a measure of the encryption strength. The more bits in the encryption key, the more difficult it is to break. The standard encryption strength is 128 bits.

The secret key used to perform the encryption process.

In the Distributed Computing Environment (DCE), a value used to encrypt data so that only possessors of the encryption key can decipher it.

A sequence of characters used by an encryption algorithm to encrypt plain text into ciphertext.

A sequence of values that are used with a cipher algorithm to encrypt a message. The choice of random (or cryptographically pseudorandom) keys, a secure key exchange mechanism, frequent key refreshments, and good secrecy protection of keys are all essential ingredients for the security of the integrity verification mechanism.

A bit string that is used in conjunction with an encryption algorithm to encrypt and decrypt data. See also public key; private key; symmetric key.

A key generated by the makekey command to use with programs that perform encryption. Its input and output are usually pipes.

When used in the context of encryption, a series of numbers which are used by an encryption algorithm to transform plaintext data into encrypted (ciphertext) data, and vice versa.

A private key used for encryption only. An encryption key and its equivalent public key, plus a signing key and its equivalent public key, constitute a dual key pair.

A sequence of data (or key) that is used to encrypt other data. The same encryption key must be used to decrypt or unlock the data. See encryption.

A digital code used in combination with a cipher to encrypt or decrypt data.

An encryption key allows credentials information to be encrypted or decrypted.

A series of alphanumeric characters that enables data to be encrypted (or encoded) at the transmit point and decrypted (or decoded) at the receive point.

n. A sequence of data that is used to encrypt other data and that, consequently, must be used for the data's decryption. See also decryption, encryption.