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 tales of a nation are encrypted, more often ignored, and rarely reincarnated in the heart. Richard Brady, National Review, "Valley of the Shadow," 31 Aug. 2019 Any Wi-Fi enabled device can access it, and the device can store hundreds of gigabytes of data, stream movies or music, or smuggle encrypted files across international borders. Wired, "An Unprecedented iPhone Hack, a Wi-Fi Leg Implant, and More News," 30 Aug. 2019 Amy Klobuchar uses Wickr, and end-to-end encrypted messaging app. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Slack, Zoom, Dropbox, Office: Which US presidential campaigns are using what," 7 Aug. 2019 In a worst-case scenario, all your data could be encrypted by a hacker and you could be forced to pay a ransom to get it back. Los Angeles Times, "Column: CFPB, defying common sense, wants you to click on debt collectors’ links," 3 Sep. 2019 This exchange gives both your device and the tower the keys to unlock the data that is about to be encrypted. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Hackers Could Decrypt Your GSM Phone Calls," 10 Aug. 2019 While some data were encrypted, Thompson was able to get names, phone numbers and addresses, as well as 120,000 Social security numbers and 77,000 bank account numbers. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "What we know so far about accused Capital One hacker Paige Thompson," 31 July 2019 Several Florida cities in June paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to hackers who encrypted records, disabled their email systems and blocked their ability to pay employees and vendors via direct deposit. Washington Post, "Ransomware attack hits more than 20 Texas local governments," 20 Aug. 2019 And back in April 2016, 20 schools in the North East ISD were affected by a ransomware attack that encrypted 2.5 terabytes of data—which was eventually recovered from system backups. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Ransomware strike takes down 23 Texas local government agencies," 19 Aug. 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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to spread over or through

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