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The coding of sensitive information for transfer online or otherwise electronically. One may encrypt data to prevent anyone other than the intended recipient from accessing it. For example, if one buys a product online and enters credit card information into an electronic form, that information is usually encrypted so hackers and potential identity thieves cannot use it for illicit purposes.


The manipulation of data to prevent accurate interpretation by all but those for whom the data is intended. Financial institutions use encryption to increase the security of data transmitted via the Internet.
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Robust encryption is increasingly crucial for economic prosperity, national security, and the safety of individuals, both online and offline.
He proclaimed "We put a man on the moon" in trying to make the point that if mathematicians and scientists could do that, surely they could find a way to build a secure encryption backdoor.
But many states had criminalised the use of encryption, the report said, citing Iran's 2010 ban, Pakistan's "vague criminal prohibitions" which could be interpreted to crack down on encryption tools, and Turkey's detention of thousands of citizens for using an encrypted messaging app.
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"Encryption strategy, coupled with hardware tools such as HSMs and proper key management, is vital to protecting sensitive data against cyber criminals and guarding against human error.
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The FBI has been pushing back against encryption for years now, including a high-profile grudge match with Apple in 2016 over the company's security protocols including encryption used to protect user data.
According to the study, in the Middle East, only 30 percent respondents have a comprehensive encryption strategy -- a number that stands in marked contrast to the global rate of 41 percent.
Documents purportedly outlining a massive CIA surveillance program suggest that CIA agents must go to great lengths to circumvent encryption they can't break.
The innovation of honey encryption is the design of the distribution-transforming encoder (DTE).

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