The difference between encoding and encrypting can best be explained in terms of mathematical functions...

When you encode a piece of data, d, you are applying a function, f, that is reversible by another function, g. Or, in other words, g(f(d)) = d... All the decoding requires is an algorithm.

When encrypting data (I'm going to simplify things) you have a function that takes several parameters and spits out encrypted data. In order to decrypt the data, you must also posess the other data to apply the correct function.


In reply to Re: Difference between encoding and encryption? by Anonymous Monk
in thread Difference between encoding and encryption? by r.joseph

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