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A method of protecting data by transforming it in such as way that a reader cannot understand the data unless they know the decryption mechanism.

Encryption algorithms come in two general types: Symmetric algorithms and Asymmetric algorithms. Symmetric algorithms uses the same key to encrypt and decrypt. Asymmetric algorithms use a different key to encrypt and decrypt.

See also: DES, RAS

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