en·​crypt | \ in-ˈkript How to pronounce encrypt (audio) , en- \
encrypted; encrypting; encrypts

Definition of encrypt

Examples of encrypt in a Sentence

The software will encrypt the message before it is sent.
Recent Examples on the Web For example, a ransomware attack simulation will attempt to encrypt files created for the purpose of the simulation. Avihai Ben-yossef, Forbes, "Automated Security Testing: Putting Attacks Into Context," 19 Apr. 2021 When applying for inclusion into Apple’s App Store, this app used Trezor’s branding but described itself as a cryptography app that would store passwords and encrypt files. Andy Meek, BGR, "Scammy iOS app tricked an iPhone user and stole his life’s savings," 31 Mar. 2021 On the surface this is an attack on Telegram, which has infamously failed to end-to-end encrypt its messages by default, despite (ironically) claiming security as one of its primary benefits. Zak Doffman, Forbes, "Why You Should Stop Sending Texts From Your Android Messages App," 27 Feb. 2021 In a blog post introducing the Oblivious DoH, Cloudflare researchers Tanya Verma and Sudheesh Singanamalla wrote: The whole process begins with clients that encrypt their query for the target using HPKE. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Cloudflare, Apple, and others back a new way to make the Internet more private," 8 Dec. 2020 The first British bombe machines were operating in Bletchley Park by 1940, helping to shorten the codebreaking process by discovering some of the daily settings on the Enigma machines that were used to encrypt Axis military traffic. San Diego Union-Tribune, "In ‘The Rose Code,’ Kate Quinn highlights the women codebreakers of World War II," 14 Mar. 2021 Be sure that these protocols encrypt data in transit or use encryption keys. Buyan Thyagarajan, Forbes, "How To Build Trust With Students During A Pandemic By Leveraging Your CRM," 3 Mar. 2021 Use an encrypted solution like Salesforce health cloud or Shield to encrypt data at rest and in transit. Buyan Thyagarajan, Forbes, "How To Build Trust With Students During A Pandemic By Leveraging Your CRM," 3 Mar. 2021 Another top hack this year was the extraction of a secret key used to encrypt microcode on an Intel CPU—a first in the annals of security and reverse engineering. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "2020 had its share of memorable hacks and breaches. Here are the top 10," 28 Dec. 2020

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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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26 Apr 2021

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“Encrypt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encrypt. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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