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public key

An encryption key that can be made public or sent by ordinary means such as an e-mail message. See private key for more details.
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According to the Verge, a researcher said that if the Heartbleed bug could possible attack and retrieve private keys then it is at a 'minimum very hard' adding that it might in face be impossible.
2 RA Verify the User's Public and Private Keys Interface
The most requested feature, Private Key Encryption, also addresses the most common concern among users - data security and privacy
Lengthy certificate-validity periods also increase the risk that reassigned or terminated administrators have copies of private keys that will be valid for 10 and 20 years.
Two of the twelve PCI DSS requirements apply specifically to the use and proper management of SSL certificates and the private keys they rely on to ensure protection of data in transit.
The IBE system Voltage has created relies on a cryptographic formula that makes it easy to calculate a public key from a unique string like an email address or instant messaging screen name, but almost impossibly difficult to calculate the corresponding private key.
In the world of financial aid, a student could apply his private key to his FAFSA, and the government could then Find his public key and verify that the student sent the application.
Arcot's patented cryptographic camouflage technology securely safeguards the private key by 'camouflaging' it among tens of thousands of well-formed false private keys.
A hardware-based security module (HSM) creates the trust anchor that locks the private keys and only allows access to vital information from an authorized source.
Therefore, the user cannot access funds without the private keys, and a hard drive failure or other sudden event can completely eliminate the bitcoins.
So care needs to be taken to password protect private keys and that keystore passwords are changed each time a certificate and private key are replaced or renewed.

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