plain·​text | \ˈplān-ˌtekst \

Definition of plaintext 

: the intelligible form of an encrypted text or of its elements — compare ciphertext

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In tests of 35 S/MIME email clients, the researchers found that 25 had plaintext exfiltration weaknesses. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Encrypted Email Has a Major, Divisive Flaw," 14 May 2018 Heck, even the creator of PGP (OK, GPG, for you pedants), Phil Zimmerman himself, asked us back in 2014 to resend something to him in plaintext. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Here’s how to send Ars confidential information, securely," 2 June 2018 From there, the Xfinity customer’s name and password were available in plaintext and could be changed, locking the customer out of their own Wi-Fi router. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Xfinity Customers’ Wi-Fi Passwords Leaked by Comcast Bug," 23 May 2018 Look, even writing things down by hand and protecting the paper or book at home is more secure (for most people) than storing data in plaintext. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "People, Please Don’t Store Private Data in Your Address Book," 2 Sep. 2016

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1918, in the meaning defined above

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