Essential File Encryption Terms
Algorithm: Also known as ciphers, algorithms are the rules or instructions for the encryption process. Triple DES, RSA, and AES are examples of encryption algorithms, or ciphers.
Decryption: The process of converting the unreadable cipher text that has been encrypted back to the original, readable information.
Key: A unique, randomized string of bits used to encrypt and/or decrypt data. Common key lengths are 128 and 256 bits for private keys and 2048 bits for public keys.