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synchronous key encryption
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algorithm, cryptography Data encryption using two
interlocking keys where enything encoded using one key may be
decoded using the other key. This means if someone makes one
of the two keys publicly available (as in public-keyencryption) and keeps the other private, then anyone may send
them a message or data that only they can decode, giving
privacy, and furthermore, the sender may also encrypt that
same message additionally with their own private key, making
it impossible to read without decoding first with *their*
_public_ key by the receiver, this gives authenticity.
It is a very powerful system. One cannot determine one key
from the other, nor can they crack the encryption by computing
all combinations, because, depending on the size of the keys
(sometimes as large as 1024 bytes, though having grown from
smaller versions in popular implementations of the software
which does this), the amount of computing power required to
crack the code is unavailable, even supercomputers would take
more than a hundred years to crack it.