What is Encryption?
Online world is both a strange and beautiful world. However, it is becoming more and more difficult to feel secure while browsing the web. Fortunately, there is encryption which disguises the data we share online into tiny bits, so nobody unauthorized can gain access to it unless they have a key to open it. Encryption uses mathematical functions like algorithms to secure online data and can be used to secure anything from plain text to a whole operating system. Even though it is very big part of the online world, many people are unaware of it and that it comes in different sizes and shapes. That is why the main aim of this article is to help you understand what it is and to see what the main differences between the most famous 128 bit and 256 bit types of encryption are.
128 bit VS 256 bit encryption
Which type of security is better?
The main difference between the two different types of encryption is the size. And in this case, the bigger the size does not mean that the product is better at functioning. 256-bit encryption method is longer and thus might take more time to decrypt, hence some people assume that it provides stronger security. In other words, the longer the key, the more effective security. However, that is not necessarily true, as the length of the key makes the 256 bit encryption slower, hence not as complex as 128 bit type. Just to make it clear, both methods of security are strong and do what they are suppose to do - encrypt data. One of the main differences is that the 128 bit is more common amongst everyday people, while 256 bit encryption is mostly used for large corporations, sensitive financial firms, and government standards.