Published By: Ishani Karmakar

What Is Encryption And Decryption In Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency is a digital asset class that may be bought, sold, and invested in like traditional currencies. Blockchain technology powers this crypto asset.

 The blockchain relies on a secure, encrypted network of connections, known as cryptography. And the two main components of cryptography are encryption and decryption.

We explore cryptography and the idea of encryption and decryption in further detail here.

What Is Cryptography?

Simply said, cryptography is a technique or mechanism designed to keep the blockchain safe from outside interference. The term "cryptography" is a compound of two Greek words: "kryptos," meaning "hidden," and "graphien," meaning "writing."

That's why blockchain technology relies on cryptography: secret writing, or code.

How Cryptography Contributes to Blockchain

The blockchain relies heavily on cryptography. Here are a few of its primary roles:

A crypto investor's public and private keys are generated. They use the public key to monitor the circulation of the digital currency and the private key to make purchases and cash out their holdings. The user's account is not secure unless they have the keys. To prevent tampering, each bitcoin block has its own unique code, much like a fingerprint. Cryptography is used to produce this hash code.

Cryptographic codes are used to safeguard users' digital wallets.

What is the purpose of cryptography's usage of encryption and decryption?

Encryption is the technique of encoding plain text so that only the sender (keyholder) can decipher it.

Conversely, decryption is the act of taking encoded ciphertext and turning it back into plaintext for the intended recipient.

These two components guarantee that all transactions conducted via the cryptographic technique are safe. This creates a domino effect on the blockchain, where even a little change in data may have far-reaching consequences for the final result.

Each transaction in a blockchain generates a new hash because of the encryption and decryption procedures. In addition, everything happens really quickly.

Thus, a cryptographic network and blockchain technology depend critically on the ability to encrypt and decode data.

Encryption vs. decryption: What's the Difference?

Encryption Decryption

Putting information via an encryption process makes it impossible to decipher. Decryption is the process of restoring the original, unencrypted form of a message.

The sender is the one who encrypts the message. The recipient performs the encryption.

The goal is to transform an ordinary communication into an encrypted one. Its primary purpose is to decipher encrypted messages.

Both the public and private keys can be used to encrypt a communication. The private key is all that's needed to decipher a communication.