Cryptographic Key

Meaning – The term cryptographic key refers to the string of characters used within an algorithm for altering the data that is to be encrypted, in such a way, that it appears random to the naked eye.

The cryptographic key works like a physical key, in the sense that only the person with the correct key, can decode the encrypted data and view the true content.

Whenever a group of people, or an organisation, creates a new cryptographic algorithm, they also have to create the corresponding key, so that they can use the same to decrypt the information easily.

Example of usage“After the group had prepared the cryptographic algorithm, they made the cryptographic key and shared it only amongst each other.”