Encryption: the key to secure data?

Tuesday, 26 April 2005, 11:32 AM EST

Encryption relies on encoding information in a way that makes it difficult to decode without either a key (cipher) or an awful lot of mathematical muscle. The longer the length of the cipher (in bits), the more difficult it will be to break. Although there are many encryption techniques that are unbreakable in practice, there are very few that are unbreakable in theory, given enough time or processing power.

By Danny Bradbury at MicroScope.

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