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What is encryption technology?

Encryption is the transformation of text or data into a coded form that is close to impossible to read without the key to decode the message.  This scrambling of the message is done by using a mathematical formula making the message appear to be nonsense.

 What are common uses for encryption?

Besides e-commerce applications (such as transmission of credit card numbers, account numbers, and other sensitive information), encryption is also used by the military to guard secrets and pay-per-view television channels to only grant access to paying customers.

 How does encryption work?

In the most basic terms, the sender encodes the message using a mathematical formula, which scrambles the message, then sends it. The recipient of the message must then decode the message before it can be read using a special ‘key’.

 
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