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Wordly Wise Wednesday (WWW) – Cryptography (Encryption and Cryptology Too)

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Todays Word(s): Cryptography, Encryption and Cryptology

These three words are commonly used together and interchangeably, but there are differences;

An Encrypted file may look like this.
An Encrypted file may look like this.

Two of the words come from the same source, the ancient Greek language (Koine).

Crypto or Kryptos is the Greek word for “hidden” or “secret.”

Graphy or Graphien is the Greek word for “writing.”

Logy or Logia is the Greek for “study” as in a scientific study.

Therefore:

1. Cryptography – or hidden or secret writing, the act of writing in secret. This is a noun.

2. Cryptology – or the study of codes or hidden meanings within things. This is also a noun

3. Encryption – is the action or process of coding / uncoding (decrypting) a communication.

 

On this post I am not going to get into the specifics of the how or why. This is designed to introduce you to new terms.

Look forward to an encryption series coming soon.

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