Encryption is a method to protect digital information, by scrambling it as it travels across the Internet, or scrambling it when it’s stored on our computers. This ensures that only authorized users can decrypt (un-scramble) the information and use it. Encryption enhances the privacy and confidentiality, as well as the integrity and authenticity of our information. It helps us keep our information safe. 


Everyone uses network encryption today: over “https” connections from your browser to a website, over cellular phone-to-tower communications, and also over wireless networks that require a login or connection password.

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May 19, 2016