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

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encryption \ in-​ˈkrip-​shən How to pronounce encryption (audio) , en-​ \ noun

Examples of encrypt in a Sentence

The software will encrypt the message before it is sent.

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The domain has continued to prevent computers that get exposed to the WannaCry malware from installing a payload that encrypts hard drives and displays a screen demanding a ransom in exchange for a decryption key. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Key iPhone supplier is hamstrung with the debilitating WannaCry worm," 6 Aug. 2018 Mac laptops are much more straightforward: All modern Macs (since about 2003) have a feature called FileVault that encrypts your entire system drive. Whitson Gordon, New York Times, "The One Thing That Protects a Laptop After It’s Been Stolen," 13 Mar. 2018 Even more powerful in the future, Ms. Wright said, is the combination of AI and blockchain, a ledger system where data could be encrypted and unchangeable. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "HR Departments Turn to AI-Enabled Recruiting in Race for Talent," 14 Mar. 2019 The feature allows you to add a combination of text, photos, and videos to your profile, which are encrypted in the same way as your messages. Jon Porter, The Verge, "WhatsApp found a place to show you ads," 1 Nov. 2018 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

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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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