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 Ensure that backups are regularly tested and that they are not connected to the business network, as many ransomware variants try to find and encrypt or delete accessible backups. Edward Segal, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Apps that are unable to send or receive messages but can be used to encrypt communications have also found a market in authoritarian countries. Elad Natanson, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Böck also found four vulnerable PGP keys, typically used to encrypt email, on SKS PGP key servers. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 14 Mar. 2022 Nvidia only managed to encrypt one of the group’s virtual machines during the breach. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 28 Feb. 2022 Brett Callow, a threat analyst at the cybersecurity firm Emisoft, said BlackByte's malware, like many ransomware variants, is hardcoded to not encrypt systems that use Russian or languages used by certain Russian allies. CBS News, 14 Feb. 2022 Cybersecurity researchers have yet to independently confirm what sort of ransomware was used to encrypt Belarusian Railways' systems. Andy Greenberg, Wired, 25 Jan. 2022 The exploit kit would AES encrypt each stage, including the clients' responses with a session-specific key. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 24 Mar. 2022 Fileless, living-off-the-land attacks that use steganography to encrypt and hide many types of malicious software, including video files. Chuck Brooks, Forbes, 9 May 2021 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Encrypt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encrypt. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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