1. A technique to convert information (plaintext) into a form that is unintelligible (ciphertext) without knowing the rules (algorithm) to convert it back to its original form. – 2. A message that is so encoded; synonymous with ciphertext. – 3. A key that is used to convert the plaintext to ciphertext. – 4. A design of interlacing initials; also cypher monogram.

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