Digital Signatures

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What are digital signatures?

Digital signatures are blocks of code which uniquely identifies a user.

How do digital signatures work?

Digital signatures work by using a private key to encrypt information which can later be verified by decrypting it with a paired public key. Instead of encrypting information using someone else's public key, you encrypt it with your private key. Because anyone with your public key will be able to decrypt it, users often encrypt something benign, such as the date or the time. If the recipient can decrypt the information using your public key, then the message must have been sent by you.

In short, a digital signature allows the recipient of information to verify the authenticity of the information's origin.

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