Introduction to Encryption

If your passwords are not encrypted, then you are leaving your data open to hackers. Encryption, simply put, converts readable strings of text into a secret code. Simple encryption might be “banana” as “21141141” where 1 = A, 2 = B, and 14 = N. Obviously encryption codes are well beyond this numeric system, but the concept is the same. When passwords are encrypted they are passed through a code that stores them in this illegible format and then returns them back to a readable format when being accessed for credentials. Computers are far better at quickly identifying patterns and …