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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Users by the millions download Onavo to encrypt their internet traffic. Georgia Wells, WSJ, "Facebook to Pull Controversial Onavo App," 22 Feb. 2019 Faramarz Shahi Savandi and Mohammed Mehdi Shah Mansouri are accused of using the Samsam ransomware to encrypt files on 3,789 City of Atlanta computers, including servers and workstations, in an attempt to extort Bitcoin from Atlanta officials. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Iranians indicted in Atlanta city government ransomware attack," 5 Dec. 2018 Between those adapters, engineers have also built a system to encrypt the data in transit, issuing forward-secret keys for each transaction. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter partner for ambitious new data project," 20 July 2018 In a discussion on encryption and data security, Comey said that Apple and Google’s decision in 2014 to encrypt their mobile devices to improve user privacy angered the former FBI Director. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "James Comey on Apple and Google's Data Encryption: They 'Drove Me Crazy'," 16 Apr. 2018 In other cases, ransomware attackers had to manually encrypt victim’s systems. Nicole Perlroth, New York Times, "Boeing Possibly Hit by ‘WannaCry’ Malware Attack," 28 Mar. 2018 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

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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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