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private key

n.
1. One of two keys used in public key cryptography and held privately by the recipient of encrypted data, typically used to sign digital signatures and to decrypt data that was encoded using the recipient's public key.
2. A key that is used both to encrypt and decrypt data in private key cryptography. In this sense, also called secret key.
Translations
clé privée
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The firm unveiled a prototype device with patented biometric cryptocurrency technology that enables the biometric data of the users like thumbprint, to act as the private key in an asymmetrical key system for cold (offline) storage.
The vulnerabilities were discovered while researching for a recently published white paper, which analyzed the security threats related to private key storage on mobile cryptocurrency wallets.
io no longer offers its private key generator service.
Public key cryptography (sometimes called asymmetrical key cryptography) involves two kinds of keys, a public and a private key.
In an IBC, a user's public key is his identifier, and his private key is generated by the private key generator (PKG) using PKG's master secret key and the user's identifier.
In an identity- based encryption scheme, the private key generator (PKG), a trusted party, first generates covert master key mk and public parameter params.
An end user's private key is divided into two parts: a client part, and a server part.
The Ingenium BTC comes complete with a tamper-resistant hologram sticker intended to be positioned on the reverse of the coin concealing the bitcoin private key within.
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Anyone possessing the private key can use it to host an impostor site that is virtually impossible for most end users to detect.
In an attempt to prove that the bug is not as dangerous, CloudFare has reportedly set up an intentionally vulnerable page and challenged hackers to use Heartbleed to retrieve their site's private key.

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