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

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

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The software will encrypt the message before it is sent.

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Within hours of the Feb. 23 indictment, according to the latest filing, Manafort began making calls and writing encrypted texts. David Voreacos, Bloomberg.com, "Mueller Plays Hardball With Manafort, Sending a Message to Others," 5 June 2018 Each app will see its leadership reshuffled as well; after the departure of WhatsApp co-founder Jam Koum last month, the encrypted-messaging service will be taken over by Chris Daniels. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "The Real Reason Mark Zuckerberg Is Shaking Up Facebook," 9 May 2018 After Brexit, Britain faces exclusion from the most militarily sensitive encrypted part of Galileo. The Economist, "A row over data privacy may upset Britain’s security relations with the EU," 3 May 2018 In terms of privacy, a good service uses safeguards such as a password, SSL encryption for file transfers, and encrypted file storage, so personal information is unlikely to be hacked. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Cloud Computing?," 2 Feb. 2012 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

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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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