cryp·​to·​graph·​ic ˌkrip-tə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce cryptographic (audio)
: of, relating to, or using cryptography
cryptographically adverb

Examples of cryptographic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Initially, when key fobs were first invented, their signals had few protections but, in recent years, car manufacturers have endeavored to provide cryptographic defenses for the device. Lucas Ropek / Gizmodo, Quartz, 13 May 2024 Some Yuzu copycats, such as Suyu, attempted to get around Nintendo’s complaints by requiring users to provide their own cryptographic keys from their Switch. Emma Roth, The Verge, 3 May 2024 Marriott has now determined that the payment card numbers and some of the passport numbers in those tables were instead protected with a different cryptographic method known as Secure Hash Algorithm 1 (SHA-1). Joe Hindy, PCMAG, 1 May 2024 In particular, the review board faulted Microsoft (MSFT) for not adequately protecting a sensitive cryptographic key that allowed the hackers to remotely sign into their targets’ Outlook accounts by forging credentials, reports my colleague Sean Lyngaas. Krystal Hur, CNN, 4 Apr. 2024 Researchers use such massive lattices to build cryptographic systems. Kelsey Houston-Edwards, Scientific American, 16 Jan. 2024 That’s why bitcoin’s proof of work was designed to rely on cryptographic proof, which mathematically cannot be circumvented without trillions more hours of computing power than anyone could muster. Dave Birnbaum, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Specifically, AirDrop broadcasts Bluetooth advertisements that contain a partial cryptographic hash of the sender's phone number and/or email address. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 12 Jan. 2024 The key takeaway is that worrying about which cryptographic algorithm is better is futile. Kevin Bocek, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024

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Word History


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.

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cryptographic was in 1824

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“Cryptographic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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