data encryption | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Crime Prevention

Data encryption is the process of converting plain text data into a coded, encrypted form that can only be read or accessed with the proper decryption key.

Encryption is used to protect sensitive information from unauthorized access or tampering and is a critical component of computer and internet security. Several different types of encryption algorithms can be used, and they vary in terms of their level of security and the computational resources required to decrypt the data. Encryption is used in many applications, including secure communication, data storage, and online transactions.

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Last Modified: 01/09/2023


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