cryp·​to·​graph·​ic | \ ˌkrip-tə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce cryptographic (audio) \

Definition of cryptographic

: of, relating to, or using cryptography

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cryptographically \ ˌkrip-​tə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cryptographically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of cryptographic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for example, the computer scientist Adam Chlipala has designed theorem-proving tools that generate cryptographic algorithms — traditionally written by humans — to safeguard internet transactions. Quanta Magazine, "How Close Are Computers to Automating Mathematical Reasoning?," 27 Aug. 2020 The takeaway from Wednesday’s findings is that administrators who don’t protect SSH servers with both a strong password and a cryptographic certificate may already be infected with malware that’s hard for the untrained eye to detect. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "New P2P botnet infects SSH servers all over the world," 19 Aug. 2020 With no cryptographic means to verify a user’s identity, an attacker—say, one named Eve—can impersonate Ivan and present her own public key to Ursula. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Bridgefy, the messenger promoted for mass protests, is a privacy disaster," 24 Aug. 2020 Truepic, a startup whose photo-verification software is used in apps from insurers and other clients, plans to release beta software that builds CAI tagging into an Android smartphone’s camera and cryptographic hardware. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Photoshop Will Help ID Images That Have Been … Photoshopped," 13 Aug. 2020 But unlike distributing physical keys, the cryptographic mechanisms that underly multiparty key management are complex and difficult to implement correctly. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Flaws Could Have Exposed Cryptocurrency Exchanges to Hackers," 9 Aug. 2020 Chinese scientists have successfully transmitted a special cryptographic key, used to encode and decode messages, between a satellite and two ground stations that were 700 miles apart. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Are contact-tracing apps a scourge or savior?," 17 June 2020 Once registered, the keys provide cryptographic secrets that are unphishable and, at least theoretically, impossible to intercept through malware attacks or other types of hacking. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Nest users now covered by Google’s ultra-secure Advanced Protection Program," 1 June 2020 As Google and Apple first outlined last month, their Covid-19 exposure notification system transmits unique, rotating codes from phones via their Bluetooth radios based on cryptographic keys that change daily. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Google and Apple Reveal How Covid-19 Alert Apps Might Look," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of cryptographic

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cryptographic

crypto(graphy) + -graphic

Note: New Latin cryptographicus was already in use by Erycius Puteanus in 1612 (see note at cryptography), though this early occurrence is unlikely to have been the source of the English word.

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The first known use of cryptographic was in 1824

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13 Sep 2020

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“Cryptographic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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