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Encryption is the process of encoding information, making it unreadable for everyone but the intended recipients holding the private keys. That is why even Liverado employees cannot access or facilitate access to your data.

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Definition of encryption

Encryption is the process of encoding information. This process scrambles or converts the original human-readable text, known as plaintext, into an unreadable text, called ciphertext. In such a way, the true meaning of the information is hidden, and it appears random.

The process of converting a plain text to random text

Though encrypted information appears random, the authorised parties that received the encrypted data can access the original data by using the possessed cryptographic key to decipher a ciphertext back to the plaintext. The science of information encryption and decryption is known as cryptography.

The encryption scheme often uses a pseudo-random encryption key generated by the algorithm. Without the key, it is possible to decode the ciphertext. However, a well-designed encryption scheme requires skills and considerable computer resources. A highly secure encryption will use complicated enough keys that a third party is unlikely to decode or break the ciphertext by guessing the key.

Encryption can help protect data that you send, receive, and store using a device. That may include text messages stored on your smartphone, operating records stored on your fitness watch, email send and store on your computer, and bank information sent through your online account.

What is a key in cryptography?

A cryptographic (encryption) key is a string of characters used in an encryption algorithm to change the data so that it looks random. Just like a physical key, it locks (encrypts) data so that only someone with the correct key can unlock (decrypt) it.

A key image represents the cryptography key

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