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Private Key

The private key is paired with a public key to set off algorithms for transaction encryption and decryption. It is created as part of public-key cryptography during asymmetric-key encryption and used to decrypt and transform a message into a readable format.
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A private key is a sophisticated form of cryptography that allows a user to access their cryptocurrency. A private key is an integral aspect of bitcoin and altcoins, and its security make-up helps to protect a user from unauthorized access to funds (unless they have access to the private key).
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