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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Newsletter Sign-up Media companies are hit regularly with ransomware attacks, which digitally encrypt files on computers, rendering them unusable until the victim pays a ransom, Mr. Hultquist said. Benjamin Mullin And Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Tribune Publishing Fights Cyberattack, Resumes On-Time Deliveries," 30 Dec. 2018 For example, Macbooks come with FileVault, which users can turn on to encrypt the disk on their computer. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Condé Nast Traveler, "6 Ways You Put Your Data at Risk When You Travel," 6 Dec. 2018 The letter states that all files had been encrypted, and require a key to regain access. CBS News, "Atlanta hit with cyberattack demanding ransom for access to files," 22 Mar. 2018 D’Angelo says that the hackers may have pilfered 100 million users’ names, email addresses, and encrypted passwords. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Quora data breach FAQ: What 100 million hacked users need to know," 4 Dec. 2018 Amazon Web Services won’t see the data processed by its algorithms, which will be encrypted and unlocked by customers who have the key, Dr. Kass-Hout said. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Big Tech Expands Footprint in Health," 27 Nov. 2018 End-user data is smartly encrypted at rest and in flight. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Review: Helm Personal Server gets email self-hosting (almost) exactly right," 4 Dec. 2018 Marriott did encrypt this information using Advanced Encryption Standard encryption (AES-128), but the company notes both components needed to decrypt payment card numbers may have been stolen. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Marriott reveals massive database breach affecting up to 500 million hotel guests," 30 Nov. 2018 Protocols are encrypted to prevent poachers from hacking the networks and locating the animals. Geofencing works alongside location tracking by creating a virtual geographic boundary. Helena Pozniak, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology That Will Finally Stop Poachers," 26 Nov. 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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The first known use of encrypt was in 1944

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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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