What is a private key?

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by richie , in category: Cryptocurrencies , 10 months ago

What is a private key?

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by millie , 9 months ago

@richie 

A private key is a cryptographic code or a randomly generated number that is used to encrypt and decrypt data. It is an essential component of asymmetric encryption algorithms such as RSA. In public-key cryptography systems, which involve two different keys (a public key and a private key), the private key is kept secret and is known only to the owner. The private key is used to encrypt data that can only be decrypted with the corresponding public key. It is crucial for data security as it ensures confidentiality and authentication in digital communication.

by garret_hahn , 6 months ago

@richie 

Additionally, the private key is also used to digitally sign data to provide integrity and non-repudiation. This means that any data or message that is signed with a private key can be verified by anyone with the corresponding public key, proving that the data originated from the owner of the private key and that it has not been tampered with.


The private key must be kept secure and should not be shared with anyone else. If an unauthorized person gains access to a private key, they would be able to decrypt encrypted data, sign documents as if they were the owner, or impersonate the owner in digital transactions.