# Asymmetric Cryptography

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- A way to send a message encrypted for specific recipients such that anyone can verify the sender’s authenticity but only intended recipient can read the message contents.
- Asymmetric cryptography, also known as public key cryptography, uses public and private keys to encrypt and decrypt data. The keys are simply large numbers that have been paired together but are not identical (asymmetric). One key in the pair can be shared with everyone; it is called the public key. The other key in the pair is kept secret; it is called the private key. Either of the keys can be used to encrypt a message; the opposite key from the one used to encrypt the message is used for decryption.