en·​crypt | \in-ˈkript, en-\
encrypted; encrypting; encrypts

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encryption \ in-​ˈkrip-​shən , en-​ \ noun

Examples of encrypt in a Sentence

The software will encrypt the message before it is sent.

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Wyden wrote a letter to Tinder back in February requesting that the company encrypt photos. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Tinder finally encrypted everyone’s photos," 29 June 2018 While Mueller says the texts were encrypted through WhatsApp or Telegram Messenger, Manafort’s lawyers said those applications are free and widely used. Fortune, "Paul Manafort Could Go to Jail Today," 15 June 2018 Timehop is already working on preventing future breaches by heavily enforcing the use of two-factor authentication on its internal systems and encrypting its databases. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Timehop’s data breach included more personal user information than originally announced," 11 July 2018 And as currency generated by crypto-jacking goes straight into a hacker’s encrypted wallet, the cyber-criminal leaves less of a trail. Robert Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "How your smart fridge and TV might be mining bitcoin for criminals," 4 July 2018 Prosecutors say the contacts via phone and encrypted messaging applications first occurred in February, shortly after a grand jury returned a new indictment against Manafort and while he was confined to his home. BostonGlobe.com, "New charges filed against Manafort in Russia probe," 8 June 2018 Before talking politics over the phone, Saudis take precautions, such as using virtual private networks and encrypted dialling services. The Economist, "The calculations of Muhammad bin Salman," 7 June 2018 In 2011, a security researcher complained to the Federal Trade Commission about the way Dropbox encrypted files. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Dropbox Chief to Join Elite Ranks of Idea-to-I.P.O. Founders," 10 Mar. 2018 While Google's Schechter said that 68 percent of webpages rendered by Chrome on Windows and Android is now encrypted—and over 78 percent in Chrome on MacOS and ChromeOS—a significant percentage of the content on the Internet remains on HTTP. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Despite Chrome’s pending “mark of shame,” 3 major news sites aren’t HTTPS," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of encrypt

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for encrypt

en- entry 1 + -crypt (in cryptanalysis, cryptogram), perhaps after decrypt

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English Language Learners Definition of encrypt

: to change (information) from one form to another especially to hide its meaning

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