de·​crypt | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈkript How to pronounce decrypt (audio) \
decrypted; decrypting; decrypts

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decryption \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈkrip-​shən How to pronounce decryption (audio) \ noun

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decrypting the Germans' code was one of the Allies' greatest triumphs
Recent Examples on the Web The former allows for secure financial and personal communications by encrypting data on a device and enabling the controlling service (e.g., a bank or Facebook) to decrypt them. Hany Farid, Wired, "Congress Needs to Make Silicon Valley EARN IT," 5 July 2020 Team-Xecuter also markets its devices with a specific focus on decrypting and copying legitimate software, while open source hackers tend to keep the focus on installing homebrew software and custom firmware that doesn't directly enable piracy. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "With new Switch-hacking tech looming, Nintendo targets retailers," 18 May 2020 Oded Gal, Zoom's chief product officer, said in a blog post on Wednesday that Zoom does not decrypt any information if all participants of a meeting are on its app and if the meeting is not being recorded. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "Zoom CEO apologizes for having "fallen short" on privacy and security," 2 Apr. 2020 In most cases, end-to-end security means information is encrypted at one end before it is sent over the network and is then decrypted at the other end. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Zoom boosts security features, encryption amid coronavirus crisis video conferencing boom," 23 Apr. 2020 Though the Windows password is still encrypted, the hack claims it can be easily decrypted by third-party tools if the password is a weak one. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Update: Zoom issues fix for UNC vulnerability that lets hackers steal Windows credentials via chat," 2 Apr. 2020 Beethoven’s sketches are impossible to read in any ordinary sense of the word reading, but a whole scholarly industry has grown up around decrypting them. Will Crutchfield, New York Times, "A Beethoven Aria Was Lost. I Filled In the Missing Pages.," 21 Feb. 2020 Based on the blog post, Aumasson and others point out that the system does not meet the criteria of being end-to-end encrypted because of key management—the logistics of generating, using, and storing the keys that encrypt and decrypt data. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "So Wait, How Encrypted Are Zoom Meetings Really?," 3 Apr. 2020 Encrypted fields can be automatically decrypted upon read—presuming the application has the key—in either free or enterprise versions. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "MongoDB’s field-level encryption protects private data—even from DBAs," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of decrypt

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for decrypt

de- + -crypt (in cryptanalysis, cryptogram), perhaps after decipher

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The first known use of decrypt was in 1935

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17 Jul 2020

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“Decrypt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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