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What is a Public and Private Key (cryptography)

by Poskin / December 25, 2012 12:01 AM PST

Hello everyone.

I'm not sure if I'm on the right place on the forums but I have these two questions...

1) What is a private Key?
2) What is a public key?

Can you answer me in very simple to understand language and in a short sentence.

Thank you once again.

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Re: keys
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 25, 2012 12:06 AM PST

Sorry, below are four short sentences. That's three more than you asked for.

A private key is one half of a key pair. A public key is the other half of a key pair.
If you make a key pair, you keep the private key secret and for yourself. And you publish the public key.

Kees

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Thank you for responding to my question.
by Poskin / December 25, 2012 3:11 AM PST
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Would this also be the correct definition...

A public key is a key used to encrypt messages
A private key is used to decrypt messages

Thank you once again.

Poskin

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(NT) Yes.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 25, 2012 4:00 AM PST
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What is WebDAV related to?
by Poskin / January 12, 2013 11:37 AM PST
In reply to: Yes.

Hey, thank you for answering me. I really appriciate your help! Can you help me once again please?

What is WebDAV related to?

Thank you very much

Poskin

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