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public key

A part of asymmetric encryption that operates in conjunction with the private key. The sender looks up the public key of the intended recipient and uses the public key to encrypt the message. The recipient then uses his or her private key, which is not made public, to decrypt the message.

A part of asymmetric encryption that operates in conjunction with the private key. The sender looks up the public key of the intended recipient and uses the public key to encrypt the message. The recipient then uses his or her private key, which is not made public, to decrypt the message. See also private key.