verb (used with object)
- to put (a message) into code
- to put (computer data) into a coded form
- to distort (a television or other signal) so that it cannot be understood without the appropriate decryption equipment
- To alter information using a code or mathematical algorithm so as to be unintelligible to unauthorized readers.
The process of encoding a message so that it can be read only by the sender and the intended recipient. Encryption systems often use two keys, a public key, available to anyone, and a private key that allows only the recipient to decode the message. (See also cryptography.)