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Asymmetric cryptography, or public-key cryptography, is the foundation of security protocols that do not require shared secrets.

Asymmetric cryptography, or public-key cryptography, is the foundation of security protocols that do not require shared secrets. Asymmetric cryptography uses key pairs: a public key and a private key. For example, a protocol that requires data confidentiality can encrypt with the public key and decrypt with the private key. A protocol that requires data authenticity can sign with the private key and verify with the public key.

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