private-key encryption

Definitions

Electronics

  • An encryption method in which the same key is used for encryption and decryption of messages. The fundamental concern with this method is insuring that the intended recipient indeed is the one to receive the key. Also called private key cryptography, secret-key encryption, or symmetric encryption.
  • synonymprivate-key cryptography

Computing

  • noun a method of encrypting Internet messages that uses a single key both to encode and decode them
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