plain·​text ˈplān-ˌtekst How to pronounce plaintext (audio)
: the intelligible form of an encrypted text or of its elements compare ciphertext

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web With access to the private key, a malicious service provider can recover any plaintext encrypted with the AES-ECB key material, including all node keys for encrypting files and folders. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 21 June 2022 Wordle runs in a browser, and all of the game’s code is saved as plaintext on the Wordle website, according to Gizmodo. Terry Collins, USA TODAY, 2 Feb. 2022 An Internet of plaintext and crude images metastasized into the mercurial, glossy entanglement of today’s Web. Frank Guan, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2022 Without the plaintext, the decryption attack won't work. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 13 Aug. 2020 Even worse, Nintendo emails the user the new password in plaintext. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 22 Apr. 2020 The researchers explained: Given a pair of correct and faulty ciphertext on the same plaintext, this attack is able to recover the full 128-bit AES key with a computational complexity of only 232+256 encryptions on average. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 10 Dec. 2019 But there were at least five plaintext passwords that remained out of reach. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 10 Oct. 2019 Even in the event that the website breach leaks passwords in plaintext, the password manager ensures that only a single account is compromised. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 16 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plaintext was in 1918

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“Plaintext.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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