What is Encryption? - Definition, Types & Methods


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What is a symmetric encryption?

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1. What is plain text?

2. What does hashing do?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Encryption plays an important role in protecting information in a wi-fi-centric, highly connected world. This duo of effective study aids will help test your knowledge of encryption, what it does, and why it's important to you. The assessments will quiz you on specific types and electronic elements involved in encryption.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These practice assessments will ascertain your knowledge of:

  • Description of symmetric encryption
  • Definition of plain text
  • Effects of hashing
  • Definition of cipher or encrypted text
  • Potential issues from improper key management
  • Definition of non-repudiation
  • Types of keys in asymmetric encryption

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - gauge if you've learned the key information from the related encryption lesson
  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define important terms, such as non-repudiation and symmetric encryption
  • Knowledge application - utilize your knowledge of encryption facets to answer practice questions.

Additional Learning

If you want to find out more about encryption, read the corresponding lesson titled What Is Encryption? - Definition, Types & Methods. This lesson will go over the following main points:

  • Bulk encryption and protecting big data
  • Diagrams illustrating symmetric and asymmetric encryption
  • Effectiveness of Hash as an encryption method
  • Utilization of electronic signatures as encryption