# Week 3 Assignment.docx - Symmetric key encryption is a...

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Symmetric key encryption is a strategy for scrambling information by pressing a similar key to both encode and unscramble it. This is not the same as asymmetric encryption, otherwise called public key encryption, where you utilize distinctive keys to scramble and decode. With symmetric key encryption, otherwise called secret key encryption, you need to stay discreet, while asymmetric encryption gives you a chance to share the encryption key with anybody, since you remain quiet about your decryption key [ CITATION Lan \l 1033 ] When a secure algorithm is utilized symmetric key encryption can be super secure which can be considered an advantage. Another advantage is that it is relatively fast and easy to do. Most solid state drives use symmetric key encryption internally to store data because it is faster. A drawback with symmetric key encryption is getting the key to the intended party with whom you plan share data with. Because of this it is suggested that key encryption is most useful when encrypting your own information as opposed to when you need to share encrypted information. Another drawback is in the event someone gets a hold of a symmetric key they can decrypt everything encrypted with the key. Asymmetric encryption involves a pair of linked keys, public and private, and anything that is encoded by one requires the other to decode. Asymmetric allows users to exchange public keys. Since the public key can’t decode public key-encrypted messages, two users can

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