Photo CD is a format introduced by Kodak in 1992 as a means to store and edit high-quality digital images that were taken using film and conventional cameras. It was widely used by professional photographers and for commercial purposes. Photo CDs could store 100 high-quality digital images along with slides and scanned prints. The images had a...
A private key is a tiny bit of code that is paired with a public key to set off algorithms for text encryption and decryption. It is created as part of public key cryptography during asymmetric-key encryption and used to decrypt and transform a message to a readable format. Public and private keys are paired for secure communication, such as email.
A private key is shared only with the key's initiator, ensuring security. For example, A and B represent a message sender and message recipient, respectively. Each has its own pair of public and private keys. A, the message initiator or sender, sends a message to B. A's message is encrypted with B’s public key, while B uses its private key to decrypt A’s received message.
A digital signature, or digital certificate, is used to ensure that A is the original message sender. To verify this, B uses the following steps:
In short, sending encrypted messages requires that the sender use the recipient's public key and its own private key for encryption of the digital certificate. Thus, the recipient uses its own private key for message decryption, whereas the sender's public key is used for digital certificate decryption.
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